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NYC Cop Falsely Claims Suspect Tried to Hit Him With Vehicle

He is expected to get up to six months in jail

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    NYC Cop Falsely Claims Suspect Tried to Hit Him With Vehicle
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    HAMPTON BAYS, NY - FEBRUARY 20: An NYPD officer arrives for the funeral service of fallen NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen at the Church of St. Rosalie, February 20, 2019 in Hampton Bays, New York. Thousands of area police officers and law enforcement personnel attended the funeral. Simonsen was killed by friendly fire while responding with fellow NYPD officers to a robbery at a store in Queens last week. Simonsen is survived by his wife and mother and will be interned at Jamesport Cemetery in nearby Riverhead, New York. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    What to Know

    • A New York City police officer has admitted that he lied when he falsely claimed a suspect tried to strike him and his partner with a car

    • Officer Michael Bergmann, 34, pleaded guilty on Thursday to perjury, making a false statement and official misconduct

    • Bergmann had been with the force for approximately six years. He is expected to get up to six months in jail

    A New York City police officer has admitted that he lied when he falsely claimed a suspect tried to strike him and his partner with a vehicle.

    Officer Michael Bergmann, 34, pleaded guilty on Thursday to perjury, making a false statement and official misconduct. Information on his lawyer wasn't immediately available.

    Prosecutors say Bergmann was on patrol in an unmarked car in February when he pulled up to a burglary suspect who had just parked near 65th Street between Second and Third Avenues in Brooklyn.

    Bergmann and his partner got out of their vehicle with the intention of arresting the suspect for driving without a valid license, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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    The officer claimed the suspect nearly struck him and his partner as he drove off. The suspect was arrested two days later on charges of attempted assault.

    On May 28, Brooklyn prosecutors obtained a surveillance video which showed the two officers were nowhere near the vehicle. Bergman was not in front of the suspect’s car, didn't move away or fell as he had claimed.

    Bergmann had been with the force for approximately six years. He is expected to get up to six months in jail and five years' probation when he's sentenced Jan. 8.

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