NYPD officer falsely claims suspect tried to hit him with vehicle in Brooklyn

Posted at 9:44 PM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 21:44:31-05

BROOKLYN — A New York City police officer has admitted that he lied when he falsely claimed a suspect tried to strike him and his partner with a vehicle.

Officer Michael Bergmann pleaded guilty on Thursday to perjury, making a false statement and official misconduct. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

“This officer’s false claims led to an individual being charged with a crime he did not commit,” District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. “The criminal justice system must be able to rely on the integrity and credibility of our police officers to keep our communities safe and to ensure equal justice. This defendant has now been held accountable for his inexplicable actions.”

Prosecutors say Bergmann was on patrol in an unmarked car in February when he pulled up to a burglary suspect who had just parked. Bergmann claimed the suspect nearly struck him and his partner as he drove off, but surveillance video showed the two officers were nowhere near the vehicle.

The suspect was later arrested on charges of attempted assault.

Bergmann is expected to get up to six months in jail and five years’ probation when he’s sentenced Jan. 8.

PIX11 contributed to this report.