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Baltimore Cops Planting Evidence, Public Defender Alleges

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By    |   Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 11:57 AM

Baltimore cops are suspected of planting evidence based on recent body camera videos.

The videos show "multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence," the Baltimore public defender's office said, according to CNN. News of the latest video, which appears to show officers allegedly planting evidence during a November 2016 drug arrest, comes just a month after Baltimore police came under fire for a body camera video from a separate incident that appeared to show an officer planting a bag of pills underneath some trash in an alley.

Debbie Katz Levi, head of the city public defender's Special Litigation Section, said the latest video shows one officer finding drugs that are believed to have been placed there by another officer, CNN reported.

Criminal charges were dropped against Shamere Collins who was arrested along with a male passenger during the Nov. 30 police stop, BuzzFeed noted.

Collins and her boyfriend were charged with possessing and distributing drugs.

While Collins admitted to having a blunt in the center console of her car and a nickel bag of weed, she told her lawyer that the bag of marijuana and pills found underneath her seat did not belong to her, BuzzFeed reported.

"You said there's drugs in my car. Where?" Collins asked the officer during the arrest.

Body cam video appears to support Collins' claim.

One of the videos from the arrest shows one officer crouching by the driver's seat, but his hands aren't visible in the video. He asks the surrounding officers if the area underneath the driver's seat had been searched.

The officers didn't immediately respond to his question, but a second officer then crouched in front of the driver's seat and came up with a bag of drugs.

"Oh yeah," one officer said.

"I knew it," another officer replied.

Previous video footage shows another search, though, but that time police didn't find anything in the vehicle, which has heightened suspicion of police misconduct, BuzzFeed noted.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis is asking that the police involved be granted the benefit of the doubt until the investigation into the matter is finished, CNN noted.

"I think it's irresponsible to jump to a conclusion that the police officers were engaged in criminal misconduct. That's a heavy allegation to make," Davis said.

He added that the one thing he knows for sure is that drugs were discovered at the scene of the arrest.

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