Police Officer Records Himself Planting Drugs on an Innocent Man

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I came across this video on apublicdefender.com and it is startling footage (though not unexpected).  In the video a police officer is seen dropping a bag of drugs next to the car of the accused then claiming that the bag belonged to the accused.  After planting the drugs, the officer arrested the individual and charged him with felony drug possession.

When the officer was planting the drugs, he apparently forgot that his own police camera was running, recording his blatantly criminal activity for all to see.  It is common to come across videos with large segments cut out and then the defendant claiming that the drugs were not his.  It is curious why the officer did not cover his tracks in this instance.

Thankfully, justice was done by the prosecutor who decided to nolle the case rather than let the tape embarrass the State at trial.  At some point police officers need to start following the law.  Not just when they get caught on camera or when someone ends up dead with bullets in his or her back.  This type of behavior is simply unacceptable but time after time, police officers get away with it.

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Nathaniel has worked in criminal law on both sides of the aisle spending time working for the prosecution as well as the defense. Most recently Nathaniel has represented individuals in violent felonies and drug cases. Prior to this work, Nathaniel handled DWIs, Domestic Violence Cases, Property Crimes, and White Collar Crimes. On the prosecutorial side, Nathaniel has most notably worked in Bosnia helping to prosecute individuals who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Bosnian War from 1993-1995. In particular, Nathaniel helped in the prosecution of military leaders who arranged for the organized murders and rapes of innocent civilians in various towns in Bosnia. Nathaniel is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Northwestern University, and Phillips Exeter Academy. Google Profile: Nathaniel Baca