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2 Los Angeles police officers found guilty of lying under oath

An LAPD patrol car and officer at the site of a recent shooting.
An LAPD patrol car and officer at the site of a recent shooting.
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Two LAPD officers have been found guilty of lying under oath during a drug case.

Officer Richard Amio and former officer Evan Samuel testified that they chased a man into his apartment in Hollywood in 2007 and immediately saw him toss a black object that contained cocaine. A surveillance video showed it actually took four officers more than twenty minutes to find the drugs. 

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said in a statement the officers actions were unacceptable.

"I am truly saddened by the events that led to the perjury conviction of a current and a former Los Angeles Police Officer," Beck said int he statement. “As I said when the charges were filed, I do not believe their intent was evil, just extremely misguided. The character of our organization is defined by the conduct that we condone. These actions were entirely unacceptable."  

The officers denied doing anything wrong and their attorney said they had testified truthfully to the best of their ability.

Amio and Samuel are scheduled to be sentenced in December on two counts of perjury, among other charges.

A jury deadlocked on charges against a third officer.