Multiple police body cameras have caught more Baltimore officers planting narcotics, this time in a vehicle, with some of the officers in question seemingly oblivious to the fact that their actions were being recorded. The latest video has emerged just days after similar footage led to the dismissal of more than 30 drug and firearms cases in the city.
The footage allegedly shows Baltimore police officers collaborating to plant narcotics in a car that were later found during a search and used as the grounds for an arrest. During the search of the car, it appears that several of the officers had switched their body cameras off and then on again multiple times. “When the cameras come back on one officer is seen squatting by the driver’s seat area. The group of officers then wait approximately 30 seconds,” said the Baltimore Public Defender’s office in a statement.
“Shortly thereafter, another officer asks if the area by that compartment has been searched,” the Baltimore Public Defender’s office continued in their statement, published in the Baltimore Sun. “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 car had been thoroughly searched about a half an hour prior with absolutely no results.” The officer then says, “Oh, here you go,” holding up a black bag. “That’s the weed smell right there.'”
Drug charges were dropped against the occupants of the car on Monday and two of the seven officers involved have been referred to the police department’s internal affairs division. This latest footage comes hot on the heels of another video that showed Baltimore police planting drugs at another location.
Earlier this week 34 drug and firearms cases were dismissed after a body camera video surfaced that appeared to show a police officer placing what is allegedly heroin, confiscated from a driver earlier in the day, in a can and then planting it in an undisclosed location at the beginning of the year. The drugs were later used to arrest at least one individual.
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said at a news conference last week that the cases were dismissed based on the testimonies of the officers in the footage, however, her office is still investigating many others. The officer who planted the drugs in the video has had his police powers suspended, while the other two are on administrative duty.
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