Cop killed by man he was stalking, buddies lie and pursue malicious prosecution

Max Mitchell, The Legal Intelligencer

“A man acquitted of vehicular homicide charges after he struck a police officer with his car has been awarded more than $1 million for claims that he was the victim of a malicious prosecution stemming from the fatal incident.

On Wednesday afternoon, a Philadelphia jury found in favor of plaintiff Kareem Alleyne and determined three police officers were liable for malicious prosecution for allegedly misleading prosecutors about the 2012 car accident, in which Officer Marc Brady was killed.

Alleyne had argued that he had been driving in North Philadelphia, when he struck and killed Brady. Brady, who had previously stalked and harassed Alleyne over his relationship with the mother of Brady’s children, was riding a bicycle in the rain and without a light, according to court documents.

Although Alleyne claimed he had been unable to avoid the collision, according to Alleyne’s pretrial memo, police officers loyal to Brady relayed false information about the incident to investigators and prosecutors, and created a false motive making it seem that Alleyne had intentionally struck Brady.

“The complete lack of evidence suggesting culpable conduct by plaintiff, coupled with the history of aggression and criminal activity by Brady raises a compelling inference that the only reason plaintiff was criminally charged was because this accident resulted in the death of a police officer,” Alleyne’s memo said. “The arrest and prosecution was done with malice and defendants’ acts constitute the torts of malicious prosecution and false arrest/false imprisonment.”

The verdict in the civil suit came after nine days of trial in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ann Butchart’s courtroom. According to court records, the jury found Officer George Pirrone 40 percent liable, Philip Riehl 50 percent liable, and James Pitts 10 percent liable.

“I am incredibly happy for Kareem, who has undergone an unbelievable amount of stress and harassment, and had his life turned upside down for years,” said Alleyne’s attorney, James Funt of Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores. “When the entire picture of the story came out … when [the jury] saw all of it, the truth set him free. Literally.”

The whole story here at the legal intelligencer :

These cops are all kinds of special

Makes you wonder how many other people they have put away

Once again, when you hear a cop give testimony

He/she is just as likely, if not more, to be lying than the defendant

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