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Wednesday, 02 Aug 2017 06:40 PM

Baltimore police body-camera videos reportedly show officers manufacturing evidence — the second time alleged misconduct by law enforcement there was caught on tape in recent weeks.

The newest videos show an officer finding drugs that another officer had allegedly placed there moments before, according to Debbie Katz Levi of the city public defender's office, CNN reported.

The case was dismissed for "suspected police misconduct," she said.

The Baltimore City State Attorney's office said it "had questions" about the officers' body camera videos and asked to postpone cases involving two officers amid an internal investigation, spokeswoman Melba Saunders told CNN.

The video wasn't released.

"The Baltimore City State Attorney's Office referred two officers to Internal Affairs as we had questions concerning their Body Worn Camera videos," Saunders said in a statement. "Before we blanketly characterize their behavior as deceptive and or a credibility issue, we referred the matter to the Internal Affairs Division of the Baltimore Police Department."

Last month, a video that was released by the Baltimore public defender's office appeared to show one officer, standing by two others, dropping a bag of drugs in a yard.

The officer who dropped the drugs was put on leave; two others were placed on administrative duty.

According to CNN, 41 cases featuring the officers in that video have been dismissed or are slated to be dismissed. Fifty-five other cases are still being reviewed, Saunders told the outlet.

"Where these officers are material and necessary witnesses, we are dismissing those cases, which rely exclusively on the credibility of these officers," the State Attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn Mosby said last week.

Mosby also said "an additional video raised concern," though it wasn't clear if that referred to this latest body camera video, CNN reported.

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