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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Police officers can't seem to stop filming themselves potentially planting evidence.

The latest incident comes from Los Angeles, where an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) accidentally filmed himself placing cocaine in a suspect's wallet, according to a new report by CBS Los Angeles.

The body camera video shows police picking up Ronald Shields, who was charged with felony hit-and-run, having a gun in the trunk of his car, and cocaine possession in April. The police report claimed cops had found the cocaine in Shields's left pocket.

The footage tells a different story. LAPD officer Gaxiola, as CBS Los Angeles identified him, picks up Shields's wallet from the street and shows it to another officer who then points to Shields. Gaxiola then puts the wallet back down, picks up a small bag of white powder from the street (which later tested positive for cocaine), picks up the wallet, and puts the bag in the wallet.


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The audio turns on, signaling that the officer had manually activated his camera to record. Then, the officer shows himself supposedly finding the wallet and the drugs inside of it, and repeatedly telling other officers about it. "Just to let you know, sir, inside his wallet, he has a little bag of narco," Gaxiola said.

So what happened? The simple explanation is that the officer apparently did not know that when he switches on his body camera, it automatically records and saves the past 30 seconds, although without audio.


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Well that will make a lot of defense attorneys and their drug possession clients happy.

#1 | Posted by bored at 2017-11-14 04:17 PM | Reply

So there was just a bag of blow mysteriously on the street in the immediate area?
Did the cop put it on the street and then "re-framed" him by putting it in his wallet, or was it a coincidence it was there and the cop framed him, or was it the perps and the cop "framed" him by pretending it was in his wallet as opposed to wherever it fell out of?

#2 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-11-14 04:45 PM | Reply

If he's already guilty of hit and run and an illegal gun in the trunk, why the need to frame him with a bag of powder?

I think the guy dropped it, or the cop assumed he dropped it, and "framed" him by giving him his Coke back because it was a lazy shortcut.
Wrong on multiple levels, but not as wrong as a straight up frame job. Either way, loss of his job is the starting point.

#3 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-11-14 04:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It was a lazy shortcut and beyond stupid given the other crimes that they had this guy on. It's probably not enough to throw out the other charges but still idiotic.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-14 05:04 PM | Reply

I don't agree ROC. Why bother planting coke when you have him on 2 serious felonies? It would raise reasonable doubt with me about everything, especially the gun as that could have been planted as well. We don't have any info on the hit and run to evaluate that crime.

#5 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-11-14 05:09 PM | Reply


True, the "fruit of the poisonous tree" represented by the coke could throw out the gun in the trunk, but the hit and run wouldn't be part of that evidence chain. If I was prosecuting it I would throw out the gun and coke charge and try to exclude evidence of the video on the coke plant as unduly prejudicial.

And get the Cop fired.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-14 05:21 PM | Reply

At least there's a Hispanic and an Asian on the hot seat as opposed to a white guy, although I can definitely say hispanics and asians don't like blacks as a whole.
Lots of animosity there. Discuss...

#7 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-11-14 05:38 PM | Reply


I also wonder about the process for saving the body cam videos. If the police apparently are OK with planting evidence as descried above, would they also be OK with destroying body cam video evidence if they knew it existed?

When the body cam is taken off the officer at the end of the shift, who is tasked with assuring the video is not "lost" by some accident? Is it someone in the police department? If so, is that the proper process for such video? Maybe some entity outside the police department should be the responsible party for cataloging and preserving body cam videos.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-14 06:51 PM | Reply

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