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Baltimore Cop Caught On Own Body Cam Planting Drugs? (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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A video (below) from a Baltimore police officer's body cam in January recently surfaced, and appears to show him planting drugs.

The brief clip shows the unidentified officer standing in an alley with two other officers, dropping a bag of an unidentified substance into a can, walking to the street with the other officers, returning to the alley and pretending to find the bag inside the can, notes WBFF.

Justin Fenton, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, tweeted the video and wrote: "Cams save 30 sec prior to activation, w/o sound."

The charges against the individual who was arrested were recently dropped by the prosecutor: "I’ve passed it up and we are all appalled ... something is going to happen because of this revelation," reports WBFF.

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However, Fenton tweeted the charges were not initially dropped: "Public defender says [State's Attorney for Baltimore City] offered man charged in this case a 3 year plea deal, then time served after being walked thru the video... (Case was instead dropped after going up the chain of command)."

The person who was charged was supposed to go on trial last week.

Public Defender Debbie Levi explained how the video was exposed, notes WMAR: "A public defender was preparing for trial. He received the body camera footage in the course of discovery and he reviewed when he first came in, I think in March or April. He didn’t quite catch it, and then upon closer inspection in preparation for trial he realized it."

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Even though the charges were dropped, prosecutors called the same officer in the video to testify in a different case.

“They had knowledge," Levi said. "They watched it and were appalled by what was on the video, and then for whatever reason made the choice to continue to call him as a witness."

The Baltimore Police Department issued a statement: "We take allegations like this very seriously and that’s why we launched an internal investigation into the accusations. We are fortunate to have Body Worn Cameras which provide a perspective of the events as reported."

The department would not say if this police officer is still on active duty.

Fenton also tweeted: "Body camera footage allegedly catches [Baltimore Police] misconduct. Email from public defender to other city defense attorneys: 'If you have a case dependent on any of these 3 officers, dig your feet in and demand disclosure of the IAD records.'"

No word yet if any action was taken against the police officers.

The police are scheduled to hold a news conference on July 20 about the video and the investigation.

Sources: WBFF, Justin Fenton/Twitter (234), WMAR / Photo credit: Phil Long/Flickr, TBO, Elliott Plack/Flickr

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