Skip to comments.Baltimore police investigate officers after one seen putting bag of drugs at scene
Posted on 07/19/2017 7:14:59 PM PDT by Timpanagos1
It was a routine drug arrest in one of Baltimores more troubled neighborhoods.
But it has become a flash point sparked by video from one of the officers body cameras.
The public defenders office looked at the video and contended it showed an officer planting evidence in a trash-strewn alley.
Baltimore police countered with a more complicated explanation. They are investigating whether the officer had legitimately found drugs but, realizing he had forgotten to turn on his body camera, reconstructed his find. His body camera captured both him hiding the drugs and then finding them. Authorities said that would be improper but would not be an effort to make a false arrest of an innocent citizen.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
There is a huge difference between planting evidence vs. CYA—like criminal charges vs. departmental discipline.
This demonstrates the downside of reliance on technology—there is still room for human error.
This ties in with the story from Minneapolis, because it turns out the officer in this story got busted because those body cams store the previous thirty seconds, without sound, prior to being turned on. This guy got busted because his body cam stored more images than he knew.
In this case I am all for posting the corrupt POS’s name, photograph, and address everywhere.
Also that of every person on the force who defends him with audio of their position.
It will be very awkward when he has to explain to his cell mate why he is prison.
They are investigating whether the officer had legitimately found drugs but, realizing he had forgotten to turn on his body camera, reconstructed his find.
“Ok now, I want you to really show me revulsion when you find the drugs. Put some life into it. Take two! And action!”
“...those body cams store the previous thirty seconds, without sound, prior to being turned on.”
So, they’re actually on all the time, but only keep 30 secs in the buffer until the record button is pushed?
Yeah, I’ll see if I can find the article.
Lotta bad cops out there.
“Police cameras have a feature that saves the 30 seconds of video before activation, but without audio. When the officer is first in the alley, there is no audio for the first 30 seconds.
The public defenders office flagged the video for prosecutors last week, prompting prosecutors to drop the heroin possession charge against the man arrested.”
He was in fear of his life.
He just wanted to go home to see his family.
Americans can’t be secure without licking a few boots.
Let me hear all the "small government conservatives" explain how enforcing nanny-state contraband law with no-knock warrants, asset forfeiture, trampling the Fourth Amendment, destruction of privacy, and the ever-expanding Police State that comes along with it all is somehow a legitimate expression of their belief in "minimal government".
I'm tired of being expected to choose between the Authoritarian Left's and the Authoritarian Right's competing versions of Tyranny, as if either warped vision is valid.
The whole point of the "pursuit of happiness" is that others don't get to decide what any individual's "pursuit of happiness" should consist of, as long as that individual isn't infringing on anyone's Rights.
There's frequently not a dime's worth of difference between the Tyrannical Left and the Tyrannical Right: they both embrace Arbitrary Law whenever it suits their self-righteous impulses—and then they have the unmitigated gall to gripe when the other side does the same damn thing, using the same damn warped nanny-state logic.
A pox on both their houses. I'll take the "animating contest of Freedom"—warts and all—with all of its inconvenient, annoying challenges, such as honoring the spirit of the Declaration and the Constitution, instead of honoring unlimited State Power, for all intents and purposes.
But I digress. End rant...
“Every single arrest that cop has been involved in or collected evidence on has just been put into question.”
“Let me hear all the “small government conservatives” explain how enforcing nanny-state contraband law with no-knock warrants, asset forfeiture, trampling the Fourth Amendment, destruction of privacy, and the ever-expanding Police State that comes along with it all is somehow a legitimate expression of their belief in “minimal government”.”
There are Police State Fan Boys on all sides of the political spectrum.
Damn fine rant, if I may say so........
Put the drugs back in his pocket. Good. Take two! ACTION!
Prima facie evidence that FR needs a “like” button
Right there with you brother.
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