A South Florida cop who was caught on a dash cam fabricating a story that would have protected a fellow cop was convicted of falsifying records Tuesday.
It is not clear how many years in prison Dewey Pressley is facing, but we can be certain he will probably serve no time.
At least that’s the way it normally works for cops convicted of committing crimes.
But even if he doesn’t go to prison, the conviction should send a strong message to other cops who twist the truth.
Dewey Pressley will be sentenced December 21, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
In 2009, the Hollywood police officer responded to a collision between fellow officer Joel Francisco, who had rear-ended a woman.
The woman, Alexandra Torrens-Vilas, had been drinking, so she was arrested for DUI.
However, Pressley didn’t want Francisco to get blamed for the accident, so he conjured a story that would pin the blame on Torrens-Vilas.
Or as he would call it, a little “Walt Disney.”
And he would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for the dash cam video.
Here are excerpts from the transcript:
First cop: And there is no reason in your head whether you keep a safe distance or not, you would be anticipating someone to abruptly slam on the brakes unless you see a large object coming and especially — as far as I am concerned I am going to put words in his mouth. She went to accelerate a cat jumped out, literally a cat jumped out the window at which time as he thought
Second cop: (Laughing) .
First cop: – could have been a pedestrian, which distracted him because he was concerned and that’s normal. And before he comes to a stop, boom. Hey.
Second cop: A. (Unintelligible) .
First cop: Actually, I mean I wouldn’t expect a cat to come out. I mean it could have been a fucking kid jump out the fucking window.
Second cop: That’s exactly what I thought. I didn’t know what the fuck was going on.
First cop: Yes. Just let me space the whole thing out. i will do the narrative for you. I know how I am going to word this, the cat gets him off the hook.
First cop: Well, is there any way — this is what I want to articulate that she was in this lane and cut over to this lane. It was at the angle what I tried to do with my head on camera is follow the cat. If the cat were to jump you could get to her exactly. That’s what I want.
I will write the narrative out for you. I will tell you exactly how to word it so it can get him off the hook.
Second cop: Okay
First cop: Well, I don’t want to make things up ever, because it’s wrong, but if I need to bend it a little bit to protect a cop I’m gonna. You see the angle of her car –
Second cop: Yes.
First cop: You see where it’s like this?
Second cop: Yes.
First cop: As far as I am concerned I am going to word it she, is in the left hand lane.
Second cop: Okay.
First cop: And when the cat jumped out she abruptly got over to this lane and slammed on the brakes.
First cop: Andre. .. Andre, come here a minute. We’ll do a little Walt Disney to protect the cop because it wouldn’t have matter because she is drunk anyway. You see the angle of her car? You see where the collision is?
Cop taking pictures of “evidence”: Okay.
First cop: You have already taken photographs yes or no?
Cop taking pictures of “evidence”: Yes.
First cop: Is there any way — this is what I want to articulate that she was in this lane and cut over to this lane. It was at the angle what I tried to do with my head on camera is follow the cat. If the cat were to jump you could get to her exactly. That’s what I want.
You don’t have to get any pictures I need or any whatever, because I don’t want Joe to get any (unintelligible). That’s not fair to him. She is freaking hammered anyway.
Cop taking pictures: No problem.
Joel Francisco, who was also charged, has yet to go to trial.