Friday, Nov. 10, 2017|3:26 p.m.
LOS ANGELES– Los Angeles cops launched an internal investigation Friday after a lawyer released body video camera video that he says shows an officer planting cocaine in his client’s wallet throughout an arrest.
The video was taken during an arrest in April when officers stopped Ronald Shields, 52, who they thought had been involved in a hit-and-run crash.
It appears to show an officer standing beside Shields, who is in handcuffs, as another officer leans down and gets a little baggie filled with white powder– which later evaluated favorable for cocaine– that is on the ground. The officer who got the baggie then movements to the second officer, indicate Guard’s wallet in his hand and appears to place the baggie in the wallet.
The officer then switches on his body electronic camera, but the cameras instantly save the previous 30 seconds when they are switched on.
“The drugs were certainly planted,” Shields’ lawyer, Steve Levine, said. “If not for the body cam video, my client would be founded guilty of a criminal offense he didn’t commit.”
Los Angeles cops stated they opened an examination after the body camera video was aired by KCBS-TV on Thursday.
“The LAPD takes all claims of misconduct seriously and, as in all cases, will carry out a thorough examination to identify whether the supposed actions are supported by trustworthy proof,” authorities stated in a declaration.
Levine is asking a judge to suppress the evidence. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to an ask for comment.