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Officers plead not guilty to perjury

October 10, 2009|Jack Leonard

Three current and former Los Angeles Police Department officers accused of lying in court during a drug possession case pleaded not guilty to perjury and conspiracy charges.

The charges rely heavily on video footage that appears to sharply contradict the testimony the officers gave about their arrest of Guillermo Alarcon at his East Hollywood apartment complex.

But lawyers for the officers said the video was edited and omits key portions of the arrest that would have shown that their clients told the truth in court.

"We intend to prove that it was either deleted or purposely altered," defense attorney Robert Rico said after Thursday's court hearing.

-- Jack Leonard

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