Oakland suit over police officer's falsehoods


By Henry K. Lee
San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND — A man whose home was searched by Oakland police on the strength of a warrant based on officers' false statements to a judge filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the city Tuesday.

The criminal case that police built against the plaintiff, Reginald Oliver, was among at least eight that Alameda County prosecutors have been forced to drop because officers obtained search warrants by providing false information in affidavits to judges. Most of the cases involved drug defendants.

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