Baltimore Police Face More Misconduct Woes – Caught Planting Evidence
Baltimore Police Department and Prosecution Fail
This is a rather odd twist of fate for one Baltimore Police Officer and his fellow crew. It would seem that one Officer, Richard Pinheiro the use of body cameras could not have come at a worse time. And to make it even worse, the inability to actually know where the on/off button on said body camera is located, well that knowledge fell upon Richard way to late.
Police Body Camera’s tend to record things such as but not limited to:
Arresting a suspect
A Foot Chase
A Bathroom Break
They do that because the body cameras that police typically wear, well those actually do ‘record” things. Which I thought was obvious but I guess I was mistaken?!?
Richard, according to the video did try to turn it off but he actually ended up just muting the camera instead of shutting it off. Just a minor detail.
So in the January video footage from Richard Pinheiro’s own body camera, because he only muted his camera, it shows him planting evidence during an arrest. And if that were not bad enough, the case was actually scheduled for last week but was dropped because the public defender for the defendant requested to see the footage.
Forgive me here but wouldn’t a prosecutor review the actual evidence prior to actually oh, file actual charges and attempting to prosecute someone for a crime they really didn’t commit?
Do we no longer do that in this country, it’s just a free for all and hope that when someone is prosecuted he or she won’t have a proper defense thus gaining another notch in whatever prosecutors belt?
At least for Baltimore given last years disparaging report (August 2016), I am quite frankly shocked the prosecutor failed to look at the footage prior to bringing forth a case.
I’m sorry but if it were me, I’d be looking through that body camera footage for every case presented to me if I were the prosecutor, in Baltimore, to just make sure the cops didn’t make a mistake like PLANT EVIDENCE. But that is just me.
As a result of this case, because the officers involved are still witnesses in other active cases that are currently being pursued for prosecution in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Baltimore’s Office of the Public Defender is now, not surprisingly, demanding that dozens of cases, that Richard and his 2 illustrious colleagues were the arresting officers on, be dropped by the prosecutor’s office.
The Baltimore Police Department has had some pretty big issues surrounding police misconduct in the news for the past year if not longer. In fact in last years annual report the findings showed that the Baltimore police department had clear and ongoing issues surrounding police misconduct that ended up becoming national headlines.
One would think they might have learned after obtaining enough problems to fall into the national spotlight last year for bad behavior, but then again you know, not every crayon in the box is all that bright.
Cristal M Clark
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