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Title: Innocent Man Jailed for 6 Months Until This Video Proved the Cop is a Lying Criminal
Source: Free Thought Project
URL Source: https://thefreethoughtproject.com/c ... ctim-spent-six-months-in-jail/
Published: Nov 28, 2019
Author: Jack Burns
Post Date: 2019-11-30 03:03:56 by Deckard
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New York, NY — One NYPD police officer was fired, faces up to one year in jail, and another cop was investigated for lying about a traffic stop with a motorist. Officer Michael Bergman lied on his police report and to a grand jury saying victim Pedro Barbosa attempted to run him over with his car. However, video proved that this boy in blue was a criminal liar. Bergman now faces a much deserved legal battle all of his own making.

In the early morning hours of February 1st, 2019, Barbosa parallel parked at an address in Brooklyn hoping to visit a friend. Just after parking, two NYPD officers in an unmarked SUV pulled alongside and behind him at a 45 degree angle.

Bergman and an unnamed officer hopped out of their police vehicle and approached Barbosa, who quickly put his car in drive and attempted to make a getaway. He was later apprehended. He told investigators he did, indeed, recognize the two officers as ones who continually harassed him pulling him over every chance they got, promising to eventually pin charges on him.

It seemed like every time, 24/7, no matter what, if I’m anywhere, they were there…They would follow me wherever I went. If they found anything in my car, even a screwdriver, they’d arrest me for possessing burglary tools…They’d tell me, ‘We’re going to get you off the streets’.

Bergman’s police report stated he was actually standing in front of Barbosa’s car and that the man attempted to run him over. Claiming he was standing

The defendant locked eyes with me, turned the car into reverse, floored the vehicle into reverse approximately seven feet…As I’m still yelling, the defendant put it in drive, turned the vehicle towards me to the point where I was in between his headlights, and if I didn’t jump out of the way, I would have been under his vehicle.

Bergman went one step further, saying Barbosa actually put the car in reverse and backed up toward both officers. He told a prosecutor:

A high rate of speed..to the point where it left skid marks on the ground.

According to the Washington Post, Bergman was not done spinning his web of deceit.

He then told the grand jury that he had to jump out of the way of Barbosa’s vehicle, which caused him to fall to the ground, leaving an abrasion on his elbow.

As a result of the apparent railroading, Barbosa was charged with a number of felonies which included assault on a police officer. He spent six months in jail awaiting trial, only to be released after prosecutors dropped all charges against him. It turns out the entire incident was captured on security camera footage, proving Barbosa not only didn’t try and run over the officer but proved without a doubt Bergman was lying through his teeth.

Fortunately, Bergman was fired for perjury and now faces a one-year prison sentence of his own. However, the damage to Barbosa is done. He lost his freedom, something which cannot be undone, and had to fight for his innocence. The Washington Post writes:

As for Barbosa, after the video emerged, the attempted assault charges were dropped, and he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petty larceny for stealing the quarters. Partly because of the parole violation that resulted from the assault allegation, he was in jail from Feb. 7 until July 3. His car is still impounded.

Few would likely disagree Bergman should spend at least the same amount of time in jail as Barbosa did. But as TFTP has consistently reported, few officers ever spend a day in jail for their crimes.

The public needs to be reminded police officers will routinely lie during a traffic stop in order to make citizens believe they’re on their side and confess to some sort of crime. Sometimes those lies carry over into the actual police report.

Few citizens win in court when officers lie about criminal activity. But when cops lie on police reports or to grand juries the action constitutes a felony. Fortunately, one bad cop is now off the streets, and one innocent man has regained his freedom. Unfortunately, however, the event could have been prevented had the other cop on the scene that morning immediately turned in his fellow officer for framing an innocent man. Said officer’s name is still unknown and it’s unclear if he received any sort of punishment.


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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

The cops should spend 7 times what his sentence was in jail. That is just.

It is just because God said the punishment for stealing is 7 times what you stole. They attempted to steal his life.

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-11-30   7:21:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: A K A Stone (#1)

[A K A Stone #1] The cops should spend 7 times what his sentence was in jail. That is just.

Seven times what sentence? Barbosa was held without bail pending trial, and then the charges were dropped.

The perjury count carries a maximum of one year, but is more likely to result in six months incarceration with three years probation.

Barbosa is an admitted thief and drug user, and convicted felon drug dealer who was out on parole. His sentence for that prior offense was 56 months. The officers who stopped Barbosa knew that Barbosa was driving on a suspended license. Stopping him was not harrassment. That does not excuse perjury. One cop committed perjury.

[Thread article] Innocent Man Jailed for 6 Months Until This Video Proved the Cop is a Lying Criminal

Jack Burns November 28, 2019

New York, NY — One NYPD police officer was fired, faces up to one year in jail, and another cop was investigated for lying about a traffic stop with a motorist. Officer Michael Bergman lied on his police report and to a grand jury saying victim Pedro Barbosa attempted to run him over with his car. However, video proved that this boy in blue was a criminal liar. Bergman now faces a much deserved legal battle all of his own making.

Of course, Bergman did not face a legal battle at the time of this article. He had already pleaded guilty.

TFTP "forgot" to report the guilty plea, or was just too lazy or incompetent to read to the end of the cited Washington Post report and find, Last week, Bergman pleaded guilty to perjury and was terminated from NYPD.

The Washington Post, in its earlier article did a little better in describing the innocent Pedro Barbosa.

Barbosa, 44, concedes that he has made mistakes in his life. First and foremost, he has a drug problem, which has led to arrests for possession, though he says he is now in treatment. The drug problem made it difficult for him to stay employed, which caused him to fall behind on his child support payments. That led to a suspension of his driver’s license, which only exacerbated his difficulty finding a job. When he hit bottom, he resorted to stealing rolls of quarters from the laundry rooms of apartment buildings to support his drug habit. But he has never been accused of using violence or a weapon.

At a little after 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, Barbosa drove to visit a friend in the Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn. He found an open spot, and parallel parked his car. He then noticed a black, unmarked SUV pull up alongside him. Barbosa immediately recognized it as an unmarked police vehicle driven by NYPD officer Michael Bergman and his partner (whose name has not been released). He recognized them because those two particular officers seemed to have it out for Barbosa. They knew about his drug problem, and knew about his suspended license. They had stopped him more times than he could count, Barbosa claims, and had yet to find a charge that would stick.

“It seemed like every time, 24/7, no matter what, if I’m anywhere, they were there,” Barbosa says. “They would follow me wherever I went. They’d tell me, ‘We’re going to get you off the streets.'" Bergman and his partner were part of the NYPD’s Grand Larceny Division. Barbosa’s suspended license then gave Bergman carte blanche to pull Barbosa over any time he saw him behind the wheel. “If they found anything in my car, even a screwdriver, they’d arrest me for possessing burglary tools,” he says.

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As the officers knew Barbosa was driving on a suspended license, they should have stopped him every time they saw him behind the wheel. That is not harrassment. If they stopped Barbosa more times than Barbosa can count, why would a charge of driving on a suspended license not stick?

To be more inclusive and specific, in addition to being a drug user, and a thief, Barbosa was also a convicted felon drug dealer, out on parole.

https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/8498694/united-states-v-simpson/

United States v Simpson et al, SDNY 7-15-cr-00370

Docket Report

[excerpt]

Apr 15, 2016 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Nelson Stephen Roman: Change of Plea Hearing as to Pedro Barbosa held on 4/15/2016. Defendant Pedro Barbosa present w/counsel Samuel Braverman, Esq. AUSA Hagan Scotten (on behalf of Jessica Feinstein) also present. Court reporter: Albi Gorn. Defendant withdrew previously entered not guilty plea and enters guilty plea to lesser included offense of Count Two of the Indictment. Plea Agreement marked as Court Ex. #1. PSI Ordered. Counsel may be present at interview. Sentencing scheduled for July 15, 2016 at 11:15 am. Defendant remanded. (lnl)

Apr 15, 2016 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Nelson Stephen Roman: Plea entered by Pedro Barbosa (5) Guilty of Lesser Offense as to Count 2. (lnl)

Apr 15, 2016 Oral Order of Referral to Probation for Presentence Investigation and Report as to Pedro Barbosa. (Signed by Judge Nelson Stephen Roman on 4/15/2016) (lnl)

Apr 15, 2016 Set Hearing as to Pedro Barbosa: Sentencing set for 7/15/2016 at 11:15 AM before Judge Nelson Stephen Roman. (lnl)

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https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/8498694/parties/united-states-v-simpson/

United States v Simpson et al, SDNY 7-15-cr-00370

[excerpt]

Pedro Barbosa

Terminated (Sept. 13, 2016)

Represented by
Joseph A. Vita
(914) 939-5401
Fax: (914) 690-2007
Joseph A. Vita Law Office
327 Irving Ave.
Port Chester, NY 10573

LEAD ATTORNEY

TERMINATED: 03/03/2016 (March 3, 2016)
Samuel Michael Braverman
(718) 293-1977
Fax: (718) 293-5395
Fasulo Braverman & Di Maggio, LLP
901 Sheridan Ave.
Bronx, NY 10451

ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

LEAD ATTORNEY

Pending Count:
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - SELL, DISTRIBUTE, OR DISPENSE (2)

Disposition:
IMPRISONMENT: Fifty-Six (56) Months. SUPERVISED RELEASE: Three (3) Years, subject to the standard conditions 1-13 as well as mandatory and special conditions.

Complaint
Assigned to: Judge Nelson Stephen Roman None

Highest Offense Level (Opening): Felony

Highest Offense Level (Terminated): None

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https://www.bop.gov/mobile/find_inmate/byname.jsp#inmate_results

Name: PEDRO BARBOSA
Register Number: 72404-054
Age: 46
Race: White
Sex: Male
Released On: 07/13/2018

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nolu chan  posted on  2019-11-30   12:32:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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