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Cop Lied and Video Proves It

A police officer's claim that a Brooklyn man nearly ran him over is undercut by video footage that’s “crystal clear” proof of a false arrest, a defense lawyer charged Friday.

MTA engineer John Hockenjos was collared and charged with a felony Sunday after Officer Diego Palacios claimed in a court document that the suspect's car almost smacked into him.

"Defendant did drive a four-door sedan at a high rate of speed into a driveway" causing the cop "to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by defendant's vehicle," according to the sworn criminal complaint.

But a night-vision surveillance camera that captured the incident - which happened at Hockenjos's Sheepshead Bay driveway - shows the car slowly pulls up near the officer, who does not move an inch.

Still, the 55-year-old homeowner was cuffed, spent three nights in jail and is now facing up to seven years in prison for reckless endangerment. His wife Irena, 51, was issued summons for disorderly conduct and claims she was punch by the cop off-camera.

"In my 20 years of legal experience, I've never seen this crystal clear example of a false arrest," said defense attorney Craig Newman.

The lawyer said he gave a copy of the tape to prosecutors, who told him they forwarded it to NYPD internal affairs.

It wasn't clear what the cops were doing on the property, but the driveway has been the subject of a two-year civil court battle between the Hockenjoses and their neighbor Argo Paumere, who's expanding his property.

Police were called numerous times to mediate the bitter feud, Hockenjos said, but always dismissed it as a civil matter.

In the video, Paumere is seen with two cops in the driveway when the car pulls in. The Hockenjoses get out and an inaudible argument with the officers ensues. John Hockenjos then begins to unload grocery bags as more officers show up. About five minutes later, he's in cuffs.

"There was no explanation," he said of the arrest. "I'm reminding the officers this is my driveway. They said nothing, just 'Put your hands behind your back.'"

Neither he nor his wife has ever been arrested before.

"The officers totally overreacted to the situation," Newman said. "They lied on the complaint. … They're an insult to police officers in general."

The NYPD and the District Attorney didn't immediately comment.

In a hearing Friday, a judge told Hockenjos to return to court at the end of August unless he's called earlier to hear the case was dismissed.

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  • Another abuse of power .... cops think that because of a badge their word is worth more then the next guy. What's become abundantly clear through this, and other videos, is this age of technology has exposed corruption at the highest levels where no proof used to exist.

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  • This cop just committed perjury and should go to jail for it too.

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  • Why am I not a bit surprised? (yeah I know, its a rhetorical question)

    (looks down, kicks pebble, shrugs shoulders and walks away disgusted)

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  • would the correct justice in this situation be that the officer that falsified the statement spend the time in prison that the arrested person would have spent behind bars if found guilty ... I'm sure the police would start towing the line knowing they could actually serve time equivalent to what any perpetrator would have if found to be making such false claims or illegal arrests ect

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  • fire the fucking cop liar

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  • money, money, money

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  • Haha! Somebody is in trouble.

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  • more filthy pigs. this one is just taking his first steps into the life of a dirty cop (most are to some degree)

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  • law suit!! i have nothing against police but there are certainly some who over step the boundaries. the cops should be in deep shit over this. if he was testifying then he perjured himself.

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  • Fired much.

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  • If true this cop needs to be prosecuted. They really nailed his dumb ass with video evidence. He'd have gotten away with this crap if it wasn't for the camera.

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  • Doesn't surprise me a bit that the cop lied.....it doesn't surprise me either that everything the lying cop said was accepted as truth......

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  • where is the arrest?
    all i can see is a car pulling up and a few people doing nothing

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  • I bet there's a paper trail showing the bung from the other arsehole .

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  • Fuck.The.Police.!!!

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    • @HeyMaker77

      It's also not a policeman's place to be lying in an official document and getting an innocent person arrested, and have their life fucked up! I know you're not condoning what this POS cop did, but there's no excuse for lying on some innocent civilian no matter what.

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    • @HeyMaker77

      And on that point I agree with you as well!

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  • So what? This is an Obama world now dude. Be glad you are not Mexican, because Holder would be giving your murderers the guns to whack your ass.
    You posted this? DHS is going to monitor you now dude, you are dissenting against government control.
    People voted for this dude. Your jury will convict just as sure as they voted for Obama. Change has come. Pay your damn taxes. (P.S. Your daughter should get rubbers from your priest.)

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  • This snippet of video is hardly all the story.
    There are always two sides. (or more)

    But assuming all is true. I think crap like this is at the heart of why so many police officers do not like being video taped.

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  • Hope the inmates treat him well while he's there. I'm sure they'll ask him to bend over to pick up a bar of soap too.

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  • This COP is Scumbag!!!He committed perjury!!

    You can always tell a bad cop from a good cop in a video the bad cop don't like you filming them and the good cops don't care!

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