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New York police officer gets just one day jail after being convicted of filing false police report that put man in jail

By Mason White 4:24 AM February 17, 2013
Diego Palacios 

By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A New York police officer was arrested, charged and convicted after filing a false police report that sent an innocent man to jail, according to court proceedings in New York.

Now, the New York police officer who claimed that a Brooklyn man had tried to run him down in a driveway, only to be exposed as a liar by video surveillance, received a slap on the wrist.

Diego Palacios pleaded guilty last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court to writing a false report and was ordered to spend four days behind bars, according to court proceedings.

But Palacios was only one night in jail, according to prison records.
The incident happened when John Hockenjos fought with a neighbor about who owned the driveway in between their homes.

The dispute reached a boiling point where police were called to the scene and Palacios was sent to the location of the dispute.
Palacios arrested Hockenjos, saying in a police report that the man had tried to run him down with his car.

Hockenjos was charged with felony reckless endangerment in the first degree, which carries a maximum sentence of up to seven years and was taken to jail for three days.

But the situation changed in his favor when a video appeared revealing what really happened.
Images from a surveillance camera showed that Hockenjos slowly pulled out of the driveway, while the police officer stood there calmly.

The eight-year veteran of the New York police was arrested for false arrest.
Hockenjos’ charges were later dropped.

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