Another Video of Baltimore Police Allegedly Planting Evidence In A Drug Bust

Almost two weeks after Baltimore’s public defender’s office released footage from police body cameras showing an officer plating drug evidence. The office has now released even more footage from a series of videos from a second drug raid that “appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence,” as reported by ABC News.

The series of videos displays multiple officers who were working at the scene of the drug raid, and then it displays an entirely different group of officers than the incident that occurred in early July, per a statement from the office of the Baltimore Public defender.

The footage that was released today shows at least seven officers searching a vehicle, and subsequently turning their cameras off and back on. One officer is seen putting something in the car, while all the officers step away. Ensuing, the officers discover drugs within the car.

Prosecutors have now dropped all charges against the suspect who was arrested in the bust.

NY Daily News reports that Debbie Katz Levi, the head of the Baltimore City Public Defender Special Litigation Section, said in a statement, “ The lack of transparency to the public and refusal to disclose to the defense both prejudices defendants and violates the prosecutor’s constitutional obligations.”

“Hundreds of individuals are awaiting trial on cases that rely on these officers, and hundreds more have likely been convicted based on their testimony.”

The body cam footage that was released back in July displays a Baltimore officer manipulating evidence by planting what seemed to be drugs in a yard filled with junk, per the Office of the Public Defender.

The Baltimore City Sate’s Attorney’s Office claimed that it had directed two of the seven officers in the video to internal affairs.

“We had questions concerning their body worn camera videos. Before we blanketly characterize their behavior as deceptive and/or a credibility issue, we referred the matter to the internal affairs division of the Baltimore Police Department. 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. We look forward to continuing the advancement and pursuit of justice for all,” said the State Attorney’s Office.

On Friday, State Attorney Marilyn Mosby conducted a press conference and enclosed that prosecutors have dropped felony and gun charges in 34 cases where the officers in question have testified.

In a statement to ABC News, the Baltimore Police Department stated, “Anytime an allegation of misconduct is made, we take it seriously and investigate it fully. Right now, we are investigating the allegation that was brought forth by the Office of the Public Defender and the State’s Attorney’s Office.”

 – Contributed by Devyn Rorie

WHUR Contributor

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