Legal Analyst: Brazil Using Lochte, Other Swimmers’ Story to Change Pre-Olympics Perception

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Ryan Lochte of the United States attends a press conference in the Main Press Center on Day 7 of the Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
Former federal attorney and former criminal defense attorney Emily Compagno said Thursday on “Fox & Friends” that Brazil is aggressively attacking the Ryan Lochte gunpoint robbery story in order to disprove the pre-Olympics notion that Rio de Janeiro is a dangerous city ridden with crime. “The reason Brazil is coming at this so aggressively is, in part, not only is it illegal to file that false police report if this is untrue, but also plays into the whole prejudice that they were trying to overcome with these Olympic games like, ‘Look, we’re not an unsafe city. Look, we’re not rife with crime.’ So they’re really attacking this aggressively because I think they want to combat that notion we had prior to the Olympic games and that story that was circulating about the safety there,” Compagno explained. Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen alleged they were robbed at gunpoint as they returned to the Olympic Village after a party early Sunday morning, but the story is now being debunked by ABC. #BREAKING Brazil sources: #RyanLochte + 3 swimmers fabricated robbery story. Video shows swimmer "fighting" w/security at gas station @GMA — Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanABC) August 18, 2016 Lochte returned to the