Another body camera video reveals Baltimore police officers reportedly engaging in “questionable activity,” the state’s district attorney office announced Monday.
The video came to light in early August after the video was “self-reported” during a seizure of evidence re-enactment, marking the third time in the past month that the department has come under fire for questionable handling of evidence.
“Unlike the two previous incidents, this video, which was not yet in the possession of the SAO, was self-reported as a re-enactment of the seizure of evidence and brought to the attention of the SAO by BPD on August 2, 2017,” the press release noted.
Baltimore Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith explained that an officer brought the video forward because he felt it need more attention paid to it.
“This is not an allegation of planting evidence. This is a self-reported situation where the officer felt that it deserved more scrutiny based on the things that have been on the news, so we’re aware of it, and it’s something that we’re looking into,” Smith told reporters.
The State’s attorney’s office handed the video over to the Internal Affairs Division of BPD, who is currently looking into the video. The attorney’s office has already identified 101 cases that the new video could affect — of those, the office plans to dismiss 43 cases that were handled by the same officers in the video.
“The body-worn camera program was established to fight crime, better protect officers, and foster public trust,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement on the matter. “Whether planting evidence, re-enacting the seizure of evidence or prematurely turning off the department-issued body-worn camera, those actions misrepresent the truth and undermine public trust.”
No police officers have been suspended over the new video, Smith added.
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