BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) " A prosecutor in Louisiana has started dropping cases that depend on the word of a police officer who has been fired for lying about a traffic stop and shooting earlier this year.

The Advocate reports that the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office is dismissing cases that depend on fired Baton Rouge officer Yuseff Hamadeh.

Hamadeh was fired after officials determined he had lied about an August traffic stop that resulted in the shooting of a fleeing motorist.

District Attorney Hillar Moore III says at least seven felony charges have been dropped in the past week. Moore said that comes because prosecutors concluded it would be too hard for Hamadeh's testimony to hold up without additional evidence.

Five of the seven felony charges stemmed from traffic stops Hamadeh conducted.


Information from: The Advocate,