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    Default Knowingly Filing of a False Report by a Police Officer

    My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: Illinois.

    My son was driving my pickup up a four lane main street when another pickup backed onto the street my son attempted to miss the other truck but it never slowed down and hit my truck above the rear tire. The police were called and the officer recognized the other driver after talking with the witness and dismissing her without statement talked to him for a few minutes then moved his squad car out of sight did a Drivers information exchange which he conveniently left the other parties policy number blank apparently only on my copy.

    He gave the DIE to my son and then left. My son and passenger were both injured yet no statement was taken from them. However when we finally obtained a copy of the report the officer reported my son the passenger with him confessed to rear ending the other driver who also said he was rear ended while pulling off the main street. It finally made sense why he moved his patrol car. Dash Cam evidence. I hired a forensics specialist that proves that the accident could not have happened the way it did. His insurance denied me because of the police report my insurance denied him because of the evidence and are going after the other insurance company for the medical medical paid by my insurance the remainder of I will have to pay if I want them fully treated.

    My truck is old beat up but a reliable truck cared for and working on half a million miles, my son is Hispanic and his passenger black. I am a disabled vet and the other driver white middle aged, driving a new truck, and a fellow city employee of the officer involved. What would you do?

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    Default Re: Knowingly Filing of a False Report by a Police Officer

    Was your son given any citations for traffic violations? How much in medical bills for your son and his passenger and what damage to the truck was done, i.e. what would it cost to fix it? And what was the market value of the truck just before the accident?

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    No tickets were given if it had then there would be the ability to challenge the report in court. I have not gotten an estimate yet. His tailgate is destroyed yet both turn signal assemblies on both sides are undamaged. My truck is damaged from just in front of the passenger side rear wheel to the and including the rear taillight assembly. I would estimate a little over a thousand for that alone. Both the driver and passenger in my truck are still undergoing treatment at my expense that's over a thousand each so far. The market value is less relevant than replacement value of a disabled vet with a mobility handicap and his only means of transportation. Not to mention both were on the road in their capacity as caregivers. This "accident" was and is obvious to anyone with an unbiased opinion. Its one thing to cut a friend a break its another to lay blame and cause ANY harm to an innocent victim. This was no "oh we both think this is what happened" by suppressing a witness and making fraudulent claims on the police report this is not typical its purposeful. If they can say whatever they want no matter the circumstances without consequence, how can anyone feel secure in that type of community.

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    If they can say whatever they want no matter the circumstances without consequence, how can anyone feel secure in that type of community.
    The problem is that a lot of people attach way too much significance to a police report. The police report is simply the officer's report to his employer (the police department) regarding the call he or she responded to. It really has no special legal significance. That report is not admissible in court because it would be hearsay, nor would the officer be allowed to testify about his/her conclusions about the accident since the officer did not see the accident and did not do any real accident investigation (and the office is likely not a qualified expert in accident reconstruction anyway). Sure, the other driver's insurance company latched on to the report to justify not paying the claim, but insurance companies are smart enough to disregard unfavorable police reports when the other available evidence is helpful to their insured. You, your son, and his passenger may sue the other driver for the damages suffered in the accident, and from the sound of it you might do that in small claims court. If the other driver tries to get the police report in, object on the grounds of hearsay. If your evidence of the other driver's negligence is as clear as you say, you should be able to win a judgment against the other driver. If you do, the other driver's insurer will cough up to pay the judgment.

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    My truck is old beat up but a reliable truck cared for and working on half a million miles. . . . What would you do?
    Depending on the value of the vehicle at the time of the accident and the estimated cost of repairs, either sue or make a claim against my own comprehensive coverage on my auto insurance policy (or maybe both).

    Your son's injuries are a separate issue that you have no standing to deal with unless he's a minor.

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    Default Re: Knowingly Filing of a False Report by a Police Officer

    If it is no more than a report to his his boss then why is it a crime to submit a false report. Is that just another of those doors that swing one way. I suggest that to knowingly cause harm to a any person by action or inaction is something that can be challenged in court thanks to the constitution I do not have to rely on courts that may be as biased as the police state excuse me county I live in. I have been prosecuted for a lot less than what this guy did and faced 60 years for taking a beating. Trust me an apology from the DA ordered by the judge did not make up for the torment let alone cost of that adventure. I have been on the receiving end of the bigotry and spite of crappy police ( my favorite is selective enforcement) and had to take it. Today is a different story I have my own place, right on my side, and all the time in the world. Enough is enough. I say honor a good cop and shitcan the rest. My son was working for me at the time I am paying for his medical my standing is moral and his injuries affect me he gets hurt I do without as well as paying expenses not mine to pay. Its time to outlaw a cop just bein a good ol boy.

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    Default Re: Knowingly Filing of a False Report by a Police Officer

    Then you and your son's option is to sue for any recoverable damages you may have.

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    Depending on the value of the vehicle at the time of the accident and the estimated cost of repairs, either sue or make a claim against my own comprehensive coverage on my auto insurance policy (or maybe both).
    Correcting the typo in my prior response: should've said "collision," not "comprehensive."

    As for your most recent post, you're free to complain to the officer's supervisor, higher ups in the PD and/or the district attorney (or anyone you like) that the officer did something improper.

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    Default Re: Knowingly Filing of a False Report by a Police Officer

    Yes I did that only to be verbally assaulted and berated by the captain and dismissed by the chief. That is ok though because he did a really bad job of covering himself and with the help of some officers that are not thugs with a badge, but good men who understand the difference between reporting what was told and observed versus just making things up to bolster his friends position and place the blame on an innocent kid. Its a pretty audacious lie when you report a confession from an interview that was never done. Twice at least and then did not take a statement from the one unbiased witness who was less than 10 feet from the accident. who could confirm the first driver appeared and acted drunk. We will never know weather or not he was because the cop is a joke a really bad one.

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    Default Re: Knowingly Filing of a False Report by a Police Officer

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    If it is no more than a report to his his boss then why is it a crime to submit a false report.
    Because the report the police officer files is not the same thing as a citizen's criminal complaint. When a citizen complains of a crime, the police may take resources to investigate it. When that complaint is false, the police may take resources to investigate that which could have been used for investigating something real.

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