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LAPD Officer Comes Clean on Department CorruptionAired September 20, 2000 - 1:17 p.m. ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: You've heard a lot in the past few months about the corruption scandal in the Los Angeles Police Department.
Scores of criminal convictions have been overturned because of allegations. In some cases, admissions that dozens of LAPD officers broke the law.
Now, one officer who admits falsifying an official report tells CNN she was coerced by fellow cops.
Here's CNN's Charles Feldman.
CHARLES FELDMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): These are the often mean streets patrolled by officers of the LAPD rampart division; ground zero for a corruption scandal that has, thus far, brought more than 70 cops under investigation.
Sonni Roby knows rampart well. She's an officer of the LAPD who was assigned to that division. In an interview with CNN, Roby tells publicly, for the first time, how she was allegedly co-opted; ordered, she says, to write and sign a phony arrest report.
FELDMAN (on camera): In this report, you say that the reason why there was probable cause was because...
OFFICER SONNI ROBY, LOS ANGELES POLICE: Was because the vehicle almost ran us off the road and we had to swerve to avoid a traffic collision.
FELDMAN: Was that true?
ROBY: No, it was not.
FELDMAN: But you signed that it was true?
FELDMAN (voice-over): Officer Roby says her willingness to break a code of silence and report the incident to superiors led to her being branded an outcast in a department trying to keep the lid on an exploding corruption scandal. (END VIDEOTAPE)
WATERS: Now, CNN will have more on the LAPD whistle-blower tonight on CNN's "THE WORLD TODAY" at 8 o'clock Eastern, 5 o'clock Pacific time.
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