The LA Weekly reports there may have been more to the viral news story of a motorcycle police officer who ended up with his legs in the air in the back seat of a BMW convertible after a traffic collision. Following an 18-month investigation, prosecutors have officially dropped the three misdemeanor assault charges against driver Brian Hitchcock after the man's lawyers discovered Hermosa, California officer Anthony Parente had a history of questionable accidents and hefty workers' compensation claims.

Hitchcock was charged with assault, reckless driving and a third misdemeanor after Parente accused the man of speeding in the parking lane, swerving in front of the officer and then jamming on his brakes once Parente hit his lights and sirens. The bike then struck the BMW, catapulting Parente into the rear seats of the vehicle. The two had been next to each other at a stop light moments earlier.

But Hitchcock reportedly maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal, saying he accelerated normally and never cut the motorcycle off. Eye witnesses corroborated his version of the story, and Hitchcock's lawyers found Parente had filed for workmans' compensation six times in recent years, three of which were in his four years with the Inglewood School Police Department where he served before joining the Hermosa Beach Police Department in 2005.

Furthermore, Hitchcock's lawyers discovered Parente had allegedly pulled a similar stunt with a cop car after ramming one Peter Brown. Brown's insurance paid Parente's claim. Hithcock's did not, with the man vowing to fight the charges tooth-and-nail in court. Parente, meanwhile, is currently on medical leave with workman's compensation for soft tissue damage some 20 months after the accident.


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      Trace
      • 2 Years Ago
      "To protect and serve...thyself"
      Joseph
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Soft tissue damage"... a bruise. What doctor is certifying that he needs to be on disability for 20 months for a bruise? Maybe someone should look at the doctor too.
        Kiiks
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joseph
        They must have meant grey matter damage. What a nut.
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        @Joseph
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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      The idea of a police officer scamming undeserved tax payer money while simultaneously incriminating an innocent citizen (or exaggerating the crime as in this case) is just sickening. It's stories like this that make me feel sorry for the decent cops out there (however few they may be) being associated with this trash. On a different note, I wonder how he ended up in the back of the car. All I can image is the officer hitting the car, throwing down the bike, and jumping in the backseat.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like somebody got caught.
      New Shel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's hope he has to return the money from the prior settlement and pays the damages to the car and bike. Ponch would never do something like this.
      GamaGoat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Motorcycle cop in SoCal is an excellent job - excellent pay and benefits, power trip, badge bunnies, etc. and get paid to ride. This guy is obviously a head case.
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thankfully the truth was found out and the driver of the car didn't get wrongly found guilty of anything. It's actually interesting because I thought that if someone were a Police officer, they'd automatically win a he-said she-said scenario. Nobody's above the law! He drew first blood! He drew first blood!
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      Brett
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dang, this guy had a lucky streak. "My word versus yours" usually fares in the favor of the civil servant. Makes me want to sell my cars and buy a bicycle.
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      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      people will slowly learn. modern cops are only here to raise revenue with false ticket quotas, protect corporations, and takes notes after people get killed. sherriff of nottingham - same as always. firefighters and EMT are the real heroes.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        Making a blanket statement about all cops like that is stupid and completely ignorant.
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          @jtav2002
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        torqued
        • 2 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        Sounds like a terrible problem, Mr. Burrito. What's your proposed solution?
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        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        What the hell does this have to do with whether or not he's in a union?
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          @Dayv
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        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        blowhard
        Kent Kangley
        • 2 Years Ago
        I just read the article from the linked newspaper. No mention of the union is made at all. Is there a cover up by the local police departments? Yes, clearly. The fact that they belong to a union has nothing to do with it. They're cops trying to protect a bad cop. That's what you should be angry about.
        Joe Bo
        • 2 Years Ago
        "dirty cops" -Gibson in Payback
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