Shmurda’s Defense Lawyer Said Cops Who Arrested The Rapper Have “Serious Credibility Issues”
The judge presiding over Bobby Shmurda’s gang conspiracy case shut down the rapper’s lawyer’s attempt to obtain the disciplinary records of cops involved and complaints against them from the public.
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Abraham Clott denied Alex Spiro’s motion to obtain the personnel records and civilian complaint files for two detectives and one police officer who arrested Shmurda back in June 2014 in a Brooklyn apartment where guns were found.
Spiro said he requested the cops’ records because he said they’d show a pattern of misconduct that raised questions about their credibility and could potentially vindicate Shmurda. Spiro said the cops were the only witnesses in Shmurda’s gun arrest, and one officer confessed to lying about a drug deal in a separate case.
Spiro said the three officers had each been sued for misconduct including unlawful stop and search and false arrest, and the city settled some of the cases out of court, and a few are still pending.
“This isn’t just a singular encounter where one police officer is sued by one individual one time and the case is dismissed,” Spiro told the judge during a hearing March 15, according to transcripts obtained by BOSSIP.
“This is a rampant pattern that existed in this case and with these officers in other cases.”