Second body cam video of Baltimore cops manufacturing evidence discovered


The mandate comes after public defenders said charges against a client were dropped because body-cam video "appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence".

He continued, "In the event your body worn camera is not activated during the recovery of evidence, under no circumstances shall you attempt to recreate the recovery of evidence after re-activating your body worn camera".

A spokesperson for the city state's attorney said the office can not talk about specific court cases. but issued a statement saying that two officers have been referred to internal affairs because of questions about their body camera videos, and, "Before we blanketly characterize their behavior as deceptive and/or a credibility issue, we referred the matter to the Internal Affairs Division 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".

One of the officers involved was suspended; the other two were placed on administrative duty.

Police said the video includes "two arrests and the recovery of drugs from a auto during a traffic stop".

The video in question shows officer Richard Pinheiro placing a soup can containing a bag of pills in a trash-strewn lot, then going back to retrieve it.

Moreover, 34 cases of felony, drug charges and gun charges were dropped as they were based on the testimonies of the officers who were implicated in the video in July. The department is still investigating the episode. The Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office said that it had referred two of the at least seven officers in the video to its internal affairs.

The Baltimore Police Department said its working with the public defender's office and state attorney's office during the investigation.

The credibility of three Baltimore officers has been called into question, prompting city officials to dismiss more than 30 criminal cases as an investigation into alleged evidence planting continues. Fine. But it certainly looks fishy, and it reinforces concerns raised by the Department of Justice's report into the Baltimore police's conduct a year ago.

Protests erupted in the city after the death of Freddie Gray, 25, a black man who died in April 2015 after sustaining a spinal cord injury in police custody.

Body cameras were deployed in Baltimore in 2016. He did not comment on the state attorneys' review of the 123 cases.

On Monday, a case was dismissed due to suspected police misconduct.

The new video, which allegedly involves several officers, has already led the authorities to drop charges against the suspect caught in that case. In April, Massachusetts threw out more than 20,000 drug cases because a state chemist had admitted to years of falsifying drug test results.