Charges dropped in Baltimore body-camera video case
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore City prosecutors have dropped drug charges against a man after public defenders say body-camera video reveals that officers may have tampered with evidence.
Debbie Katz Levi, head of the Baltimore City Public Defender Special Litigation Section, says the body-camera video involved at least six officers during a traffic stop in southeast Baltimore in November 2016.
"Multiple times they searched the vehicle to no fruition; they find nothing in the car," said Levi.
But, she says, body camera video appears to show one of the officers placing something in the front seat of the car.
"We see one officer leaning into the front driver's side, and he comes out and then all the officers stand around, and then another officer says, 'Has anyone searched that compartment?' Now we know that compartment has been searched previously by at least two other officers who searched the car," said Levi.
Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby briefly mentioned the case last week during a news conference in which she announced that charges were being dropped in more than 30 other cases involving other officers.
Mosby says two officers are being investigated by the police department's internal affairs unit.
But Public Defender Levi questions why other officers involved in the November traffic stop are not being investigated as well.
"How many cases are pending with all of the these six officers? How many people have been imprisoned unfairly, not being able to get to this information since November 2016?" said Levi.