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Defense attorneys question inconsistencies in police department's reporting in officer assault case

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jul 07, 2020

BALTIMORE — Defense lawyers for the men accused of assaulting a Baltimore City Police Department Sergeant continue to poke holes in the departments statements of facts.

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"We have very serious concerns about whether or not some information, false information, perjury perhaps that was brought before the grand jury in the indictment of these matters," said Natalie Finegar.

Finigar is representing Zayne Abdullah who is facing charges stemming for an alleged assault on Sgt. Simpson back in January.

Last week Finegar along with lawyer Hunter Pruett who is representing Donnell Burgess in the same case released body cam footage from the officer who claimed he was assaulted.

"As we've said, it was portrayed that this incident was not captured on body camera footage at all," said Finegar. "It was completely captured up until the time that Mr. Abdullah reflectively pushes the officer off of him after being assaulted by the officer.”

Lawyers say it's not just the video that contradicts what police reported.

"Sgt. Simpson seems to be telling a different story in official reports," said Finegar.

A police reports along with court documents state Sgt. Simpson was spit on by Abdullah.

Pointing to a Use of Force report Finegar said the sergeant changed his wording.

"In that statement, he completely changed his story about what happened. Rather than my client spitting on him. He says that my client started to speak and spittle came in his direction," she said.

Defense attorneys have raised their concerns to Baltimore City's States Attorney's Office. Given the discrepancies they want to see the cases against their clients dismissed.

WMAR-2 News reached out to SOA. In a statement the a spokesperson said:

“We cannot legally or ethically comment on open and pending cases or investigations still under review, as is the case at hand. As always, we will be transparent with the public about our decision and publish any relevant information, if and when the time comes."