Prosecutors: Cop’s Bogus Testimony Led To Conviction

CHICAGO (CBS) — A former Chicago Police officer has been charged with giving false testimony that led to a woman’s conviction on battery charges.

Sylshina London, 36, was charged with perjury, after London falsely claimed the woman hit her in the face with a bottle after a traffic altercation in 2010. As a result of the false testimony, the other woman, Debra Green, was found guilty of battery.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on March 19, 2010 near 79th Street and Vincennes when London was off-duty and driving her personal vehicle to work. According to prosecutors, London was late for work at the 6th District Police Station when she began cutting in and out of a funeral procession.

Green, whose sister was the deceased, noticed London cutting in and out of the traffic lane of the procession, according to a release from the state’s attorney’s office.

As London’s car pulled next to hers, Green yelled at London for cutting into the procession and pointed to the funeral sticker on the windshield.

Green’s vehicle then continued on in the funeral procession, but when the car reached 100th Street and Vincennes, her vehicle was stopped by police.

Green and several of her family members were detained and prevented from continuing on in the funeral procession to attend her sister’s burial, because London had called in a complaint of battery after the verbal altercation.

According to prosecutors, during Green’s bench trial, London repeated her allegation and testified that Green threw a bottle at her from the front passenger seat of the car she was riding in.

In the meantime, the Independent Police Review Authority had begun an investigation into the incident after members of the funeral procession contacted them regarding London’s conduct.

As a part of the investigation, IPRA examined camera footage the led them to believe that London’s account was false. Existence of that camera footage was not known at the time of the battery trial.

The state’s attorney’s office has vacated Green’s battery conviction based on the new evidence.

London had been employed with the Chicago Police Department since 2002 before resigning earlier this year.

  • tom Sharp

    One corrupt, stupid Chicago cop down, 999 to go!

  • NWA

    That sad! This woman needed cameras to prove her innocence against this jerk for a cop. What about the other jerks acting for the po po who allowed this to continue?


    • Leroy Goldberg

      Sylshina?? Sounds like the jerk po po is one of yours.

      • lyndia

        One of yours what? A black woman? Is that what you are eluding too. If it was, so what. The story is about, well, read it if you can.

  • ChicagoCitizen

    This is a good lesson learned for all. Whatch out who you lip off to. Keep your attitude to yourself and bite your tounge. This kind of occurance is extremely rare, but you never know.

  • KE

    I hope Ms Green sues that lying cop in civil court

    • ChicagoCitizen

      That’s the last thing we taxpayers need !

    • lyndia

      Me too.

  • Harvey Lawrence

    Whats worse is that the po po thought that since she was a copped that she could do whatever she wanted.

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