SFGATE.com. Why cops lie … An OPEN FORUM On Justice and the War on Drugs
By Peter Keane, Published March 15, 2011
“Police officer perjury in court to justify illegal dope searches is commonplace. One of the dirty little not-so-secret secrets of the criminal justice system is undercover narcotics officers intentionally lying under oath. It is a perversion of the American justice system that strikes directly at the rule of law. Yet it is the routine way of doing business in courtrooms everywhere in America.
Count this as one more casualty of the “war on drugs.” It is simply additional collateral damage from using the American criminal justice system as the battlefield of that war. It stands alongside the wasteful wreckage of hundreds of thousands of imprisoned Americans locked up for drug use, and the destruction of Mexico as a functioning state because of criminal cartels enriched through outlawed American drug use. The corruption of America’s police officers as the most identifiable group of perjurers in the courts is one more item on that list.
Why do police, whom we trust as role models of legal conduct, show contempt for the law by systematically perjuring themselves?
The first reason is because they get away with it...”