An unidentified police officer in Durham, North Carolina, reportedly testified in federal court that he lied to a resident, claiming there was a 911 call from the home when there hadn't been, in order to enter the house, and claimed this was standard practice in his department. Durham's police chief, Jose Lopez, is shocked this is happening in the department, and claims it's the only time it's ever happened. Via the local ABC affiliate:
"Effective immediately," Lopez wrote [in a memo obtained by ABC11], "No officer shall inform a citizen that there has been a call to the emergency communications center, including a hang up call, when there in fact has been no such call."
ABC11 spoke with Chief Lopez by phone while he attended an FBI Training Institute in Washington D.C.
Lopez denied the officer's claims that lying to get consent to enter a home is a common practice.
"This has never occurred," said Lopez. "We want to find out what…led him [the officer] to believe that this is something he should do."
The officer does not appear to have been placed on administrative leave or suspended, though the chief insists disciplinary action is possible if the claim is true, though he didn't specify if there would be disciplinary action if the claim weren't true and the cop was therefore have found to have lied under oath.