Biography/Memoir

A Baltimore police officer accidentally recorded himself planting drugs at a crime scene

“I’m going to check here,” [the officer] says as the camera is activated. “Hold on.” He then walks to the scene and acts like he’s looking around. Finally, he comes to the spot where he put the pills, picks them up, and says, “Yo!” The other officers appear to play along with his fake discovery, as if this is all routine and normal.

The defendant connected to the drugs was set to go trial this week. But [now it appears] the prosecutor dropped the charges after the defendant’s public defender discovered and saw the video. (Although, in a troubling development, the prosecutor apparently used [the same officer] as an eyewitness in a separate case — even after learning of his misconduct in the video.) The Baltimore Police Department said it’s investigating the three officers in the video. One officer is suspended, and the other two are on administrative duty with no public contact. In a press conference on Wednesday, Baltimore Police Commissioner … provided additional context for what happened. [He] cautioned that he had not reached any conclusions. But he showed evidence that drugs were found at the scene before. That, however, would not in any way justify planting evidence.

Original Article (Vox):
A Baltimore police officer accidentally recorded himself planting drugs at a crime scene
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