This Is America: Baltimore Cop Caught On Body Cam Planting Evidence Found Guilty But Will Not Be Fired

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Baltimore Cop That Was Caught Planting Evidence Found Guilty

 

A Baltimore police officer accused of planting drugs has been found guilty of fabricating evidence and misconduct in office.

Officer Richard Pinheiro Jr. said that he intentionally recorded the body-camera video to serve as a re-creation of a legitimate discovery of heroin that he had made in a similar manner — but failed to record — moments earlier. He said the re-created video was for “documentation” purposes.

 

Pinheiro was not fired, he remains on the force. Under Maryland law, officers are only removed automatically if convicted of a felony. Fabricating evidence and misconduct in office are both misdemeanors.

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