Sgt. Don Jackson-Long Beach and Ca. Penal Code 118.1

California penal code 118.1 (police perjury) makes it punishable for a police officer to file a false report.

California Penal Code 118.1. Every peace officer who files any report with the agency which employs him or her regarding the commission of any crime or any investigation of any crime, if he or she knowingly and intentionally makes any statement regarding any material matter in the report which the officer knows to be false, whether or not the statement is certified or otherwise expressly reported as true, is guilty of filing a false report punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year, or in the state prison for one, two, or three years. This section shall not apply to the contents of any statement which the peace officer attributes in the report to any other person.

 

Sgt. Don Jackson Long Beach 1989

In 1989, I invited NBC news Today Show to follow me as I traveled through the city of Long Beach California. I had intelligence that officers were conducting illegal traffic stops. At the request of several local civil rights organizations I sent undercover teams into Long Beach testing for racial profiling. I was stopped within minutes of my arrival. The officers in the video falsified a police report not knowing that the traffic stop was being filmed by NBC news. I was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. The fallout from the subsequent video resulted in a citizen review commission permanently installed in Long Beach and a change in California law increasing the penalties for falsifying a police report.