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00:00:01
>> Baltimore's police commissioner on Wednesday announcing seven city cops would be suspended after footage released this week suggests the officers planted drugs during a traffic stop.>> Step out of the car, miss.>> What am I stopping out of my car for?!>> It's the second time in two weeks Baltimore police officers appears to have been caught on camera deliberately placing drugs in order to make an arrest.
00:00:19
And the city's prosecutor is dismissing dozens of cases and reviewing hundreds more involving officers in these incidents.>> The credibility of those officers has now been directly called into question.>> In this body cam footage, police stop this car, detain the driver and passenger, and spend several minutes searching the vehicle.
00:00:36
Lifting the hood, checking the trunk, looking under the seats, even removing the console. The search produces just a small amount of marijuana. Then they turned their cameras off. When the cameras comeback on, the audio is off. This cop with the backwards cap kneels by the driver's side seat for a few moments, then steps back.
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The other officers, wait a minute, reactivate the audio on their cameras and then one of them asks, did anybody check this compartment here yet?>> Did anyone check this compartment here yet? That cop bends down and quickly produces a black plastic bag containing pills.>> Recovering everything.>> Yeah, yeah.
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>> But up in all.>> The defense lawyer who obtained and released the footage, says the recording suggests the drugs were planted and the discovery staged. The department is investigating the case, but so far no criminal charges have been filed against the cops, that put the commissioner on the defensive.
00:01:27
>> What was there? I don't know, I didn't see it. The camera was on, now it's off. So does that mean that when the camera was off, some type of criminal misconduct was taking place by police officers? I think that's a conclusion that we just can't jump to because a camera is off.
00:01:45
A separate episode also caught on a cop's body cam appears to show an officer planting drugs inside this red can in a trash strewn yard. Then returning to find the supposed evidence with the audio rolling.>> Yeah.>> Baltimore cops have come under sustained scrutiny since riots in 2015 followed the death of a prisoner in police custody.
00:02:06
An investigation by the US Department of Justice found that the city's police regularly violate suspect's constitutional rights.