Police accused of coercing statements from assassination suspect
WASHINGTON — Lawyers for a man charged with trying to assassinate President Obama by shooting at the White House are trying to get his statements to authorities thrown out.
Lawyers for Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez said in a court document on Wednesday that the statements were coerced. The attorneys say Ortega-Hernandez was handcuffed to a chair for two hours after his arrest and that they have been unable to find a document in which he agreed to waive his rights and talk to authorities.
Lawyers said Ortega-Hernandez told FBI and Secret Service agents that his car was stolen at gunpoint and he didn't do the drive-by shooting. He also told them he never reported the car stolen.
No one was injured in the 2011 shooting. Obama was away at the time.
State police in Pennsylvania, acting on a tip, picked up Ortega-Hernandez on Nov. 16 at the Hampton Inn in White.
Authorities learned that Ortega-Hernandez had been at the Indiana County hotel a few days earlier to visit a friend and asked employees to call police if they spotted him. An employee saw him in the lobby and called troopers.
Ortega-Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.
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