Unfortunately, dealing with a corrupt police department is nothing new, especially these days when the relationship between police officers and citizens is at an all-time low. Baltimore police have been involved in their share of scandals and unethical behavior in the past and a new report reveals that the department is once again involved in planting evidence.
In a revealing report by The New York Times, well over 40 cases have been dismissed by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby after she reviewed bodycam video showing a police officer planting evidence in the backyard of a suspect as two of his fellow officers look on. In addition, 27 cases have been cleared for the prosecution to continue, and the remaining 55 are still awaiting review. This is just the latest disturbing revelation to come out of the Baltimore Police Department in recent years, which has many residents, and those arrested and charged with crimes for which they feel they were unfairly prosecuted, looking for answers and a thorough review of the department.
Via New York Times:
“The credibility of those officers has now been directly called into question,” said Mosby at a news conference last week.
Richard Pinheiro has been identified by authorities as the officer who planted the drugs. Pinheiro has been suspended. The two other officers, Police Officers Hovhannes Simonyan and Jamal Brunson, have been put on administrative duty pending an investigation by both the Police Department and the prosecutor’s office.
As of Tuesday night, 41 cases had been dropped or were set to be dropped. The case also highlights the efficacy of body cameras, which police officers can turn on and off at will. However, in the case of Pinheiro, it turns out that Baltimore police retain footage of the 30 seconds before the cameras are activated; the theory is that Pinheiro didn’t know that his first 30 seconds were being recorded.
The story doesn’t end there though, as there is reportedly another video floating around from the same office that released the first video—that contains footage which “appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence.” That case involves seven officers, but Mosby’s office has referred only two to the Baltimore Police Department’s Internal Affairs Section.
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Baltimore Police Caught Once Again Planting Evidence In Several Cases was originally published on hellobeautiful.com