Police Officers manufacturing evidence-- Wide Spread problem or One-Off?

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Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Op/Ed

 

Allegations of police officers planning drugs have been a long time complaint in minority communities in the United States.   In some cities this has led to oversight commissions, special investigative bodies, but in large nothing ever comes of such complaints. 

Since the rash of unarmed American’s being shot down by police has prompted departments to employ body cameras, departments nationally have excited the prosecutor’s office to do something about it and most simply ignore it.   

Recently, in the city of Baltimore States attorney Marilyn Mosley, has identified 123 cases associated with officers mishandling evidence based on body-camera footage.   She has said 34 of the cases under review will be dismissed and the others will remain under review. 

The police department has vowed to get to the bottom of the allegations as their internal Affairs Department has been activated. 

In one incident, a gap appears in the timeline of the body worn Camera recording the stop and consequent discovery of drugs in the vehicle. 

In a separate case in Pueblo, Colorado, an officer was caught manufacturing evidence.   His alibi was that he re-created the stop and consequent, but the recreation was exactly as it happened.  The odds of that being true are slim-to-none, and had he not been discovered the knowledge that he acted the scene out would have never come to light.  

Do you believe American Police departments are doing enough to assure fairness for the citizenry?  If not, what do you suggest as a practicable solution?

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