New York Police Officer Charged For Lying
It was on March 12, 2014 when 21-year old Jason Disisto was arrested by New York police officer Jonathan Munoz. In December 2015, Officer Jonathan Munoz was arrested for misrepresenting the facts surrounding Jason’s arrest.
Munoz alleged that he suspected a 20-year old woman of purchasing marijuana and that she threatened him. Jason was there with his cell phone because those present believed it to be an unlawful stop and frisk. Munoz alleged that Jason was interfering with his arrest of the woman; that he took a “fighting stance” and threw a punch at him.
Munoz booked Jason for obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. Jason was arrested and jailed for 24 hours before being released on $1,500 bail.
It wasn’t video on Jason’s phone, but surveillance video of a local restaurant that revealed that Jason had not engaged in the actions attributed to him by Munoz, and that Munoz had unlawfully searched the woman as she stood on the sidewalk.
A grand jury indicted Jonathan Munoz, who had been an NYPD officer since 2006. He is charged with offering a false instrument for filing, official misconduct and making a punishable false written statement. If convicted, Munoz faces up to 4 years in prison. Munoz is currently on unpaid administrative leave.
With the surveillance video, the district attorney dismissed the charges against Jason.
“Had this officer’s attempts to conceal his alleged misconduct succeeded, an innocent man may still be facing charges for a fabricated crime,” DA Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement.
The goal of reform is not only to hold law enforcement officers accountable by putting them on trial for crimes committed against citizens, but to make all police officers perform in fairness and honesty. Video shows that Jonathan Munoz; Michael Slager (who killed Walter Scott); Jason Van Dyke (who killed Laquan McDonald); and Brian Encinia (who arrested Sandra Bland), did not tell the truth of what happened. They impugn the integrity of law enforcement officers.