Ex-Cop Charged with Lying About Pre-Funeral Fight

The sister of the deceased missed the burial because of the officer's accusations, prosecutors say

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    A former Chicago police officer who allegedly claimed a woman hit her in the face with a bottle during a funeral procession in 2010 has been charged with lying under oath.

    Sylshina London, 36, a former patrol officer who resigned earlier this year, has been charged with perjury following the incident, according to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. A judge set her bail at $30,000.

    An Independent Police Review investigation showed London was late for work March 19, 2010, when she allegedly began driving her off-duty car in and out of a funeral procession.

    London's driving drew the ire of Debra Green, whose sister was the deceased, according to Alvarez's office. Green pointed to her funeral sticker and yelled at London for cutting into the procession.

    London is accused of calling in a false complaint that Green committed a battery against her during the argument. Green’s vehicle was stopped by numerous police vehicles at 100th Street and Vincennes, and she and several of her family members were detained and missed the burial.

    According to prosecutors, London testified during Green's bench trial on Sept. 21, 2010, that Green threw a bottle at her from the front passenger seat. Green was found guilty.

    Other members of the funeral procession contacted Internal Revue, which began an investigation.

    London's next court date is scheduled for Nov. 8.