US Police Officers Caught 'Planting Drugs' In Body Cam Footage
Baltimore police now under investigation
Police in Baltimore US are under official investigation following body-cam footage showing them planting drugs.
The footage, which was released by the public defender's office, was filmed in January and shows a Police officer placing a bag inside a can which is laid on top of the trash.
Two fellow police officers are seen to be witnessing them doing it before they leave.
As the police leave, the audio reveals as Officer Richard Pinheiro, saying: “I’m gonna go check here,” before he re-enters the lot and discovers the pre-planted bag.
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rt.com reports: Upon leaving, the audio begins with the officer, identified by the public defender as Richard Pinheiro, saying, “I’m gonna go check here,” before re-entering the lot where he discovers the previously planted bag.
The audio kicks in 30 seconds after the video begins, indicating that the officer did not switch on the camera until after he left the yard the first time.
About 30 seconds of video is automatically saved on the body-cams prior to the device being activated, with audio omitted.
In a statement from the public defender, they claim Pinheiro is a witness in 53 active cases. The case in which the video is being used as evidence was dropped, with no decision being made on the others.
“We have long supported the use of police body cameras to help identify police misconduct, but such footage is meaningless if prosecutors continue to rely on these officers, especially if they do so without disclosing their bad acts,” said Debbie Katz Levi, head of the Baltimore Public Defender’s Special Litigation Section.
Speaking to the Baltimore Sun, Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith said an internal investigation has been launched into the