Jurors Acquit 2 LAPD Officers Charged With Conspiracy, Deadlock on One Charge for One Officer

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Two Los Angeles police officers were acquitted Monday of conspiring to obstruct justice after prosecutors accused them of failing to arrest a drunk driving suspect and writing false reports so that they could wrap up their shift and go home.

LAPD Officer Rene Ponce is seen sitting between his attorneys during a preliminary court hearing earlier this year. (Credit: Michael Owen Baker/ Los Angeles Times)

LAPD Officer Rene Ponce is seen sitting between his attorneys during a preliminary court hearing earlier this year. (Credit: Michael Owen Baker/ Los Angeles Times)

After three days of deliberating, jurors also found Officer Irene Gomez not guilty of filing a false report and deadlocked 8 to 4 in favor of acquittal on the same charge for Officer Rene Ponce, the defense attorneys said.

Ponce’s attorney, William Seki, said prosecutors relied too heavily on the statements of the drunk driving suspect.

“The allegations were ridiculous, and a better investigation should have been done,” he said.

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