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Baltimore Cop Accused of Planting Drugs in Soup Can Charged with Evidence Tampering, Misconduct

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Still via footage from the Office of the Public Defender

Prosecutors have charged a city cop with evidence tampering and misconduct in office in the notorious case in which he recorded himself placing drugs into an empty soup can in a Southwest Baltimore alley before arresting a suspect last January.

Corruption and Reform? The 5 Biggest Baltimore Policing Stories of 2017

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The Baltimore Police Department entered 2017 with the U.S. Justice Department’s damning investigative report just barely in its rearview, and court-ordered reform hovering overhead. The department now leaves the year behind with more scandal and documented corruption in tow, and the wary eyes of a public eager to see what those reforms will look like.

BPD Commissioner Cites ‘Growing Pains’ for Department After More Body Cam Footage Creates New Drug-Planting Allegations

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Still via Facebook/Baltimore Police Department

City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis today tried to confront another case of body camera footage casting a shadow over his department, with public defenders once again asserting the videos suggest police officers allegedly planted drugs during an arrest.

Once Again, Public Defender Says Body Cam Footage Appears to Show City Police Officers Manufacturing Evidence

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Public defenders say more body camera footage has surfaced “that appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence,” once again leading to dropped charges and an internal review.

Report: BPD Officer Captured on Body Cam Placing Drugs in Trash Testified that He Didn’t Place Drugs in Trash

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Still via footage from the Office of the Public Defender

The Baltimore police officer whose body camera video from a January drug arrest set off a firestorm last week reportedly testified in another case that he never placed any drugs at the scene.

Top Stories: Police Say Hopkins Student Fell from High-Rise, Fed Hill Bars Discourage Helping Panhandlers, DeRay Mckesson Leaving City Schools Gig

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The most-read piece on our site this week was a sad update about the death of a 19-year-old student athlete at Johns Hopkins University. Abigail Bastien “fell from quite a distance” from a high-rise on N. Charles Street to her death, Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said at a news conference on Monday. Bastien’s body had been discovered on the morning of Thursday, July 13.

Smith said investigators weren’t sure exactly high up she was before her fall. The evidence detectives pulled together indicated it was an accidental death, he said, noting that “nothing in this case points towards homicide.”

Members of the Hopkins community and Bastien’s hometown of Sandusky, Ohio, mourned her passing. Bastien was a sprinter on the Hopkins track-and-field team and a member of the school’s Alpha Phi sorority chapter. Her high school track coach told the Sandusky Register she “was a person with a heart of gold and was all about everyone first and putting herself second.”

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Public Defender’s Office: Body Cam Footage Shows City Police Officer Planting Drugs

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Still via footage from the Office of the Public Defender

Some body camera footage released by public defenders appears to show questionable evidence-handling by a Baltimore police officer.

Amid body camera debate, video shows Baltimore police beating man during arrest

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Still from video, via CBS Baltimore
Still from video, via CBS Baltimore

For the second time in a week, Baltimore police are confronting a video that showed an officer using violent force during an arrest. The latest incident comes as city officials push for all officers to wear body cameras.

The latest incident happened early Tuesday outside a Greenmount Avenue nightclub. According to the Baltimore Sun, a group of five officers used batons and Tasers while arresting a man, Jamar Kennedy, outside Melba’s Place.

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