43 More Baltimore Cases Dropped Over Police Actions

Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby dismisses more cases after a third police body-camera video showing “questionable activity” by a Baltimore police officer emerged, this time after an officer “self-reported” the footage as a “re-enactment of the seizure of evidence,”

A third police body-camera video showing “questionable activity” by a Baltimore police officer has emerged, this time after an officer “self-reported” the footage as a “re-enactment of the seizure of evidence,” the Baltimore Sun reports. As with two previous controversial body-camera videos — both of which remain under investigation — the new video has prompted prosecutors to revisit criminal cases that rely on the testimony of the officer or officers involved. In the latest case, prosecutors have already identified 43 criminal cases to be dropped, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office said yesterday.

“The body-worn-camera program was established to fight crime, better protect officers, and foster public trust,” Mosby said. “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.” Police spokesman T. J. Smith said, “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 in the news. We are aware of it and it is something that we are looking into.” Andrew Northrup, chief of the felony division in the Baltimore public defender’s office, said Mosby’s announcement came as a surprise. The “fact that the state’s attorney went to the media about these cases without first talking to the defense lawyers involved in these cases speaks volumes that once again Marilyn Mosby chooses political expediency over justice,” he said.

from https://thecrimereport.org