Baltimore cop accused of planting drugs after body cam footage surfaces

Authorities in Maryland are investigating after defense lawyers reported a body camera video shows a Baltimore police officer planting drugs

Authorities in Maryland are investigating after defense lawyers reported a body camera video shows a Baltimore police officer planting drugs

A video released Wednesday reportedly shows a Baltimore police officer planting drugs on the scene of a crime.

In an email obtained by Fox Baltimore, the prosecutor writes: "I've passed the video up and we are all appalled, something is going to happen because of this revelation". Seconds later, he says "I'm going to go check here", walks back into the alley and pulls out the soup can, which has pills inside.

The footage is silent for the first 30 seconds of the video.

The Baltimore Police Department is now investigating the alleged act of misconduct, which the city's public defender's office says took place in January. He is accompanied by two other officers.

"Body cameras have an important role to play in the oversight and accountability of police officers but only if they are used properly and the footage is taken seriously", Levi said in the statement.

"The officer appears to drop a can in the garbage-strewn lot before returning moments later to 'find it" and revealing it contains drugs.

The prosecutor of the case claimed to be "appalled" by the video and dropped the charges on the case.

"Yo, hold up", he calls out to the other officers, holding up the drugs.

The officers involved are still witnesses in other active cases that prosecutors are now pursuing in Baltimore City Circuit Court, the public defender's office said.

Public Defender Debbie Levi explained how the video was exposed, notes WMAR: "A public defender was preparing for trial".

"We are fortunate to have body cameras which provide a perspective of the events as reported", police said.

The Baltimore Police Department also spoke out on the incident, saying they were grateful for body cameras to capture the situation.

According to the Sun, the footage was captured during a drug arrest in January.

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a component of the U.S. Justice Department, concluded in a 296-page report that there is not enough research to understand the impact of body cameras but that "the ultimate goal of these cameras should be to help officers protect and serve the people in their communities".

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