Earlier this month, in Albuquerque, NM, 23-year-old Deanna Grieco was pulled over on suspicion of being drunk while behind the wheel. KOB-TV reports:
Cops say 23-year-old Deanna Griego padded her bra with something extra as she was placed under arrest for DWI earlier this month...
Griego slipped her cell phone into her bra just before she was taken into custody. Albuquerque Police say she used it to hatch a false sexual assault accusation against the cop who arrested her.
Frazier realized, however, that his lapel camera—which had been recording the whole time—would clear him of any allegations anyway. He went ahead and called EMTs for her, letting them know he had everything recorded on his camera. An investigation later cleared him of all the allegations.
It definitely is a tense time for police officers, considering the recent fallout from Ferguson and St. Louis. This is what makes stories like this so unnerving. In a statement to KOB-TV, Albuquerque Police Department union president Stephanie Lopez said:
“The desire to frame officers for wrongdoing is a growing issue facing officers every day. We believe that the public should be held accountable for filing false reports against police officers. These incidents can be very damaging to an officer’s career, so we hope that this individual and others face appropriate consequences for their malicious actions.”
Griego has been charged with drunken driving, but no additional charges will be pursued. The Blaze explains:
Despite the apparent falsehood of her sexual assault claim, police did not want to set a precedent that could discourage other potential victims of sexual assault from coming forward.
The best thing to do when getting behind the wheel of a car is still just not to be intoxicated. But not making up claims about the way cops treat you is another good thing to keep in mind. The camera doesn't lie.