‘Testilying’ — a Stubborn Police Problem


Police lying persists, even amid an explosion of video evidence that has allowed the public to test officers’ credibility.

  • Joseph Goldstein
  • The New York Times

Officer Nector Martinez took the witness stand in a Bronx courtroom on Oct. 10, 2017, and swore to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help him God.

There had been a shooting, Officer Martinez testified, and he wanted to search a nearby apartment for evidence.

Decae 1aA woman stood in the doorway, carrying a laundry bag.

Officer Martinez said she set the bag down “in the middle of the doorway” — directly in his path.

“I picked it…

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