Second video emerges showing Baltimore Police officers 'planting drugs' during arrest

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 1, 2017

"When the cameras come back on one officer is seen squatting by the driver's seat area. There are approximately six officers standing around while this suspected misconduct is taking place". "Nobody responds, and the officer reaches in and locates a bag that appears to contain drugs right by where the prior officer was, and where the auto had been thoroughly searched about a half an hour prior with absolutely no results".

Mosby said her office has dismissed or will dismiss cases that soley relied on the officers' credibility.

The first was the one previously released by the public defender's office earlier this month.

They want full disclosure from the state's attorney's office, noting that prosecutors are constitutionally mandated to provide information to the defense and the judge in all cases involving officers tied to the potentially incriminating body camera video.

That officer, Richard Pinheiro, has been suspended while two others depicted in the video have been placed on administrative duty. They said they were investigating, among other things, whether the video in question showed the officers "reenacting" a legitimate discovery of drugs in the backyard lot that had not initially been recorded as it should have been.

The police union has urged caution in that case, warning against a rush to judgment prior to the conclusion of the multiple investigations.

City prosecutors are dismissing felony drug and gun charges in 34 cases that rely on the testimony of three police officers under scrutiny after the public defender's office accused one of planting evidence while being recorded by his own body camera.

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"We have attempted to identify alternative ways to prove those cases where there is independent, corroborative evidence", Mosby told reporters on Friday.

A spokesperson for the city state's attorney said the office can not talk about specific court cases. but issued a statement saying that two officers have been referred to internal affairs because of questions about their body camera videos, and, "Before we blanketly characterize their behavior as deceptive and/or a credibility issue, we referred the matter to the Internal Affairs Division pending the Baltimore Police Department's investigation pertaining to the officer's conduct, the (Baltimore) City State's Attorney's Office is requesting postponements on all cases involving the officers". At least two more Baltimore officers are now under investigation, and the prosecutions in the cases they are connected to are being postponed until the investigation is completed, the authorities said.

Debi Katz Levi, with the Office of the Public Defender, added: "What's most concerning about this particular video is that it appears that officers are working in concert with each other". However, her office put out a statement urging caution in judging the video before an investigation was conducted.

Baltimore City Police may be forced to answer more questions after there was a gap in body camera video, as police made a possible drug bust.

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