Dedier Reyes and David Salcedo were each charged with filing a false report and falsifying a public record. Reyes was also charged with perjury.
On Feb. 15, 2018, Reyes and Salcedo were patrolling Long Beach when they detained two men outside a taqueria. There, the officers found a bag with a loaded handgun inside. Reyes and Salcedo are accused of lying about how they recovered that handgun. Their report led to a wrongful arrest. Reyes' perjury charge comes because he was the one who filed the false report.
"Law enforcement officers have a legal and moral obligation to the people they serve to always tell the truth," Gascón said in a press release. "The failure of a sworn peace officer to tell the truth can result in an innocent person losing their freedom."
An arraignment has yet to be scheduled. The Long Beach Police Department is still investigating.
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