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More Cops Caught on Camera Planting Drugs

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:27 am
by ParishM
you really have to wonder just how often this happens and
how many lives they destroy ! it's no wonder so many depts
refuse to release body cam footage.


Bodycam video shows an LAPD officer planting drugs inside a black suspect’s wallet.


http://nypost.com/2017/11/10/bodycam-vi ... ct-lawyer/


The footage was obtained by CBS-LA and posted online Thursday — marking the first time that an LAPD bodycam video has ever been made public.

The department has reportedly refused to release any clips pertaining to police investigations since the surveillance program began two years ago.

CBS managed to obtain a total of 12 videos, all worn by individual officers at the scene of a hit-and-run incident in April.

The suspect, Ronald Shields, 52, was arrested at the time and charged with felony hit-and-run and possession of cocaine. Officers claimed in the police report that they found a small bag of coke in the front left pocket of Shields’ shirt.

But bodycam video apparently tells a different story.

According to Shields’ defense attorney, Steve Levine, the footage allegedly shows an officer scooping the coke up off the ground — and not from his client’s pocket, like authorities claimed.

The cop then motions to another officer and appears to place the bag inside Shields’ wallet.

What he doesn’t know, at the time, is that his bodycam — which he has yet to turn on — is currently recording his every move.

The devices are designed to record 30 seconds prior to being turned on, but the officer appears to be unaware of this, seeing how he allegedly turns his camera on just moments after planting the coke inside Shields’ wallet.

“It seems improbable that someone would tape themselves planting drugs,” Levine told CBS. “So it seems more reasonable that when he turned on his cam he felt he was recording at that point.”

The cop — identified only as LAPD Officer Gaxiola — can be heard bragging about the bust and repeatedly telling fellow cops that he found “a bag of narco” in Shields’ wallet. But the story apparently changed when it came time for cops to go in front of a judge.

Another arresting officer, Samuel Lee, later testified in court that he actually found the coke in Shields’ pocket.

“He looked dumbstruck to me,” Levine said Thursday, describing Lee’s reaction to the bodycam video. “He had really no answer.”

Levine says the footage shows the exact moment when Gaxiola planted the drugs.

“There’s a little white square here, in his hand,” Levine said, pointing to it on video.

“It’s right there — a little white square,” he said. I believe the video shows that the drugs were originally in his right hand and he transfers them to his left hand. Now if you watch, he looks down to make sure they’re there. And that’s when the drugs were planted.”

Despite Levine’s argument, the judge in the case said Thursday that he did not see things the same way on the video.

Shields is scheduled to appear back in court in December. Levine says he will continue to challenge the evidence in the case.

The LAPD has had a notoriously bad relationship with the black community, with countless men and women coming forward with claims of police brutality and discrimination over the years.

The department announced Thursday that it would be conducting an internal investigation of the use of bodycams by officers in the field.

Re: More Cops Caught on Camera Planting Drugs

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:53 am
by Cardboard_killer
ParishM wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:27 am
you really have to wonder just how often this happens and
how many lives they destroy !
Black folk will tell you it happens all the time. And there's enough truth to it that they don't trust the police at all. So when many of them see the police coming, they aren't relieved, but worried that they're the next to get framed. And then they write songs like f/;k the Police.

Re: More Cops Caught on Camera Planting Drugs

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:31 pm
by Dr. Dickie
I am a bit confused. Is there just bags of cocaine lying around on the side of the street everywhere in LA?
How did the officer pick up a bag of cocaine off the street to put it in his wallet?
I mean, isn't it possible that it DID come from his left front pocket and fell there on the ground when they searched him? That story needs a lot more explanation.

Re: More Cops Caught on Camera Planting Drugs

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:37 pm
by zeebaron
Dr. Dickie wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:31 pm
I mean, isn't it possible that it DID come from his left front pocket and fell there on the ground when they searched him? That story needs a lot more explanation.
I like how the OP completely ignores that the guy got stopped for felony hit and run to begin with.

I'm not saying that there isn't something fishy with the cocaine, but everything else about the situation kind of checks out on my bullshit meter. Ya know what I mean?

Re: More Cops Caught on Camera Planting Drugs

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:03 pm
by Taco
Dr. Dickie wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:31 pm
I am a bit confused. Is there just bags of cocaine lying around on the side of the street everywhere in LA?
How did the officer pick up a bag of cocaine off the street to put it in his wallet?
I mean, isn't it possible that it DID come from his left front pocket and fell there on the ground when they searched him? That story needs a lot more explanation.
From what I have seen in this and the last couple cases, it seems like the police aren't 'planting evidence' as much as they are creating 'dramatic reenactments' for the camera.

Still, they are not in the movie business. Making up evidence, falsifying reports, this is such a violation of trust. It shouldn't be the job of a patrol officer to make up evidence for a case. They are supposed to be out there reporting the facts and let the rest of the legal system do it's job. If the case isn't strong enough to convict beyond a reasonable doubt, we as a society have decided that we'll get'em next time. The system was created with the intention of never locking up an innocent man, and that means sometimes you have to let a guilty one go.

Re: More Cops Caught on Camera Planting Drugs

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:59 pm
by Joel
OK, so let me see if I'm getting this post correctly?
We have a video of "A" cop planting drugs on "A" black man.
And, the take-away is:
~ This happens all of the time
~ Cops plant drugs on black men
~ Cops are bad

Carrying this narrative in the opposite direction, can we than conclude from this video that:
~ This happens all of the time?
~ Black men carry drugs?
~ Black men are bad?

Even if we agree that it's not "ALL" cops or "MOST" cops or "MANY" cops who routinely plant drugs,
then shall we likewise agree that it's not ALL black men, MOST black men, or MANY black men routinely carry drugs?

Are we just prejudicial against cops in general, authority in general or black men in general?

Yes, a few cops are bad (because they're human like us) and a few black men are bad (because they're human like me) BUT we can't paint cops with a broad brush similarly like we can't paint black men with that same broad brush because a few violate the law.

Some here show a consistent and knee-jerk hatred for all cops regardless of the topic.

Re: More Cops Caught on Camera Planting Drugs

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:40 pm
by Cardboard_killer
Joel wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:59 pm
OK, so let me see if I'm getting this post correctly?
No, you aren't. I don't see anything close to what you are positing.

Re: More Cops Caught on Camera Planting Drugs

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:09 pm
by PzGren
Some here show a consistent and knee-jerk hatred for all cops regardless of the topic.
That is also my impression.

Re: More Cops Caught on Camera Planting Drugs

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:09 pm
by Ironman
Dosen't look like a plant at all, who the f*ck plants drugs with 12 witnesses in daylight right in front of the offender? Nobody, thats who.
To me it looks like the baggie fell from the wallet when they searched and tossed it to the curb. Cop then sees the baggie and assumes (rightfully so) that it had fallen from inside the wallet and then turns on the camera as he's handling the drugs. This looks nothing more than cops doing their job but when viewed by a blood sucking felon…sorry…public defender, it looks like a chance to get famous and blow it out of proportion. Use your heads.