Time for some paid administrative leave and a stern talking to for these LA cops who didn't realize their bodycams were recording them as they appeared to plant cocaine in a suspect's wallet.
[Officer Samuel] Lee is seen searching the suspect. He testified in court, as in the police report, that the cocaine was found in Shields' left front pocket.
But the videos shows a different story.
In video from another angle, LAPD Officer Gaxiola picks up Shields' wallet from the street and shows it to Lee, who points to the suspect as if to say it's his.
He then puts it back down, steps to the street, bends over and picks up a small bag with white powder. It eventually tested positive for drugs.
Gaxiola goes back onto the sidewalk, picks up the wallet, motions to Lee and appears to put the bag into the wallet.
It sure looks like Baltimore Police Officer Richard Pinheiro planted drugs at a crime scene and if he did, I’m sure it was the first time it’s ever happened and he’s very sorry if anyone was offended by the mistake that was made. From Buzzfeed: In the January 2017 video, Baltimore Police Officer Richard Pinheiro […]
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