California cops planted drugs in a woman’s home to frame her after finding nothing in their illegal search of her home, a lawsuit alleges.
Allison Ross has filed a federal lawsuit against against the Santa Clara sheriff’s department, crime lab and 12 officers that she claims participated in a conspiracy to plant drugs in her house and frame her for a crime she did not commit.
Ross was initially charged with being under the influence of methamphetamine, but the case against her was thrown out after the district attorney determined that the police made false statements about Ross’s arrest. (RELATED: Outraged judge throws the book at five cops who lied on the stand)
Most shocking of all, Ross’s lawsuit alleges that dashcam footage actually recorded the police discussing their plan to plant drugs inside her house.
The incident transpired on New Year’s Eve of 2009. Deputies arrested Ross’s husband for unspecified reasons while he was at a neighbor’s house. They then came to Ross’s home, detained her and searched the premises. Ross did not permit them to perform the search, and she heard one officer tell another that they had not obtained a warrant, according to Courthouse News. They ransacked the house, but found nothing criminal.
Dashcam footage caught them admitting as much. “The house is clean, there is no meth in the house,” said one officer, according to the complaint. (RELATED: Caught on camera: Cop kicking kids during a soccer game)
The officers then discuss taking white powder from the police vehicle and planting it in the house:
“We’re gonna spike that and we’re gonna spike him. I got the meth in the fucking car.”
Police reported that they found two bags of white powder inside the house, although this was later proven to be false.
Ross also believes the crime lab tampered with evidence.
Her lawsuit alleges false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, negligent hiring and conspiracy.
The Washington Post’s Radley Balko notes that the other side of the story has not yet been presented, but the facts presented look quite damning:
The suit also brings up two other questions: If the district attorney’s office dismissed the charges due to false statements, why haven’t the people who made those false statements been prosecuted for perjury? And why are these particular police officers still on the job?
Video footage is increasingly being used to acquit citizens who are falsely accused by cops. Dashcam footage and personal recording devices are proving to be a civil libertarian’s best friend. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: This man’s camera saved him from lying cop)