- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A former Burlington, Vermont, police officer has pleaded no contest to a charge he lied in a drug case, but he will spend no time in jail.

Former officer Christopher Lopez entered the plea Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of lying to a police officer.

The Burlington Free Press reports that in court, Lopez’s lawyer read a statement in which he said “I am not a liar.”

Lopez said he made a mistake in a police affidavit when he said he smelled marijuana during a traffic stop. In a body camera video of the incident, Lopez can he heard telling another officer he didn’t smell anything.

As part of a plea agreement, Lopez will spend a year on probation.

The charges against the man Lopez stopped were eventually dismissed.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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