Feb 1, 2016
According to Chicago Police Detective Brian Johnson, Princeton Williamson confessed to firing a gun in the air. Johnson conducted two interviews while Williamson was in the hospital after being shot multiple times by a different cop. Johnson testified – under oath – that Williamson didn’t slur, and “he was very forthcoming and involved in the conversation, I mean, a very good demeanor from what I observed.”
But according to the two nurses who cared for Williamson, he was on a continuous morphine drip, he could not talk, and he had to squeeze their hands to indicate yes or no. For the supposed second interview, he was asleep and heavily sedated!
The judge who oversaw Williamson’s trial threw out Johnson’s testimony, saying “That’s one of the biggest pieces of garbage I ever heard....”
So is Johnson going to be charged for lying in court about what Williamson said in the hospital? No, of course not. The State’s Attorney’s office said “That doesn’t necessarily rise to the level of the person being a liar.” Really? Claiming someone said something that they COULD NOT HAVE SAID sure sounds like a lie to most people.
But lying on the stand is just business as usual for the Chicago police. The only thing unusual in this case is that they couldn’t control all the evidence.