From St. Louis To LA: Ten Cases Of Cops Caught Planting Evidence (VIDEOS)

10. Brooklyn Cops Caught Planting Guns On Multiple Citizens.

In January, Brooklyn district attorney Kenneth Thompson announced an investigation into a group of New York police officers who are accused of planting guns on at least six different suspects. While the results of that investigation have yet to be released, evidence against the accused officers, all from the 67th precinct, appears damning, to say the least.

The district attorney’s office began raising concerns after arresting officers failed to produce or name an alleged confidential informant, who they claimed had led them to 53-year-old James Herring. Herring was arrested on weapons charges and faced a 15 year prison sentence, as a result of those charges. After the officers repeatedly failed to produce the informant, Herring’s case was dismissed by the judge.

According to the district attorney’s office, there have been at least five other cases in which these officers failed to produce an alleged informant. Guns in all of the cases were supposedly discovered either in plastic bags or wrapped in bandannas, and had no identifying fingerprints.

“There could be dozens more,” public defender Debora Silberman said in Brooklyn Supreme Court. “Anyone who was arrested by this team — their arrests should be investigated.”

The New York Daily News reports that judges handling the officer’s cases described the cops accounts as ‘incredible’ and at least one judge accused them of perjury. After ordering Herring’s case closed and the records sealed, Justice Dineen Riviezzo said that she was glad to know there would be an investigation into the actions of the officers in question.

There have been cases of cops caught red-handed planting evidence on innocent people all across the country, from Ferguson to LA. Here are nine other cases in which police officers were busted for framing innocent people.

9. A Brooklyn detective testified that planting evidence on innocent people is ‘common practice.’

In 2008, Brooklyn police were caught on video, planting cocaine on an innocent person. Former narcotics detective Stephen Anderson testified in court, saying that planting evidence is a ‘common practice’ known to cops as ‘flaking.’ Anderson, who said he provided drugs to another officer who was going to be demoted if he didn’t have a drug collar.

“I had decided to give him [Tavarez] the drugs to help him out so that he could say he had a buy,” Anderson testified in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

He was asked by Justice Gustin Reichback, “Did you observe with some frequency this … practice which is taking someone who was seemingly not guilty of a crime and laying the drugs on them?” He answered, “Yes, multiple times.”

The judge then asked if he’d considered the suffering he’d inflicted on innocent people. Anderson responded:

“It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators. It’s almost like you have no emotion with it, that they attach the bodies to it, they’re going to be out of jail tomorrow anyway; nothing is going to happen to them anyway.”

8. Ex-cop was convicted of planting evidence, but got no jail time.

Again a Brooklyn cop was convicted of planting drugs on an innocent couple in 2011. While a person convicted of using or selling drugs can face a sentence of life jail, cops who are caught framing innocent people apparently get no jail time at all. Officer Jason Arbeeny was given five years probation and community service, following a felony conviction for planting evidence.

7. St. Louis police officers were recorded threatening to plant a gun on a student.

Last fall St. Louis Missouri resident, Tony Robinson, used his cell phone to record two police officers, who he says threatened to plant a gun on him.

Here’s a video of Robinson talking about the incident, via RippDemUp TV on YouTube:

As we reported in December, one of the officers identified by Robinson was former St. Louis police officer Thomas Carroll.

Carroll and two prosecuting attorneys left their jobs in late September, amid accusations of abuse and corruption. Before he left the police force, Carroll was placed on suspension without pay, pending the results of an internal investigation.

While police refused to release details about the investigation, or the events that led to Carroll’s sudden “retirement,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

It is widely known, through police and court sources, that Carroll was suspended amid allegations that he assaulted suspect Michael Waller, 41, who was under arrest.

The man who was beaten by Carroll was falsely charged with escaping from police custody. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the two prosecuting attorneys, Bliss Worrell and Katherine Dierdorf:

“…were forced to leave their jobs because of their knowledge of events, the circumstances related to the charging of Waller, or both.”

The FBI was brought in to oversee the police department during the Waller case, and a binding agreement between Waller’s attorney and the St Louis Police Department prevented police from handling any evidence without oversight from the FBI.

Four days after they were issued, the escape charges were dropped. All other charges against Waller were also dropped at a later date. It appears that the female officer that can be heard on Robinson’s recording continues to work with the St. Louis police department. Authorities have not released her name.

6. Huntington Beach police officers admitted to planting evidence, more than once, in open court.

Huntington Beach, California police admitted in open court to planting a loaded gun in the trunk of a DUI suspect. Officers Brain Knorr, Dave Wiederin, along with five others who were involved in the incident, faced no criminal or civil charges for their actions. When called to testify about the gun they tossed into the man’s vehicle, the cops claimed they had planted it as part of a “training exercise.”

State police agency training officer Bob Stresak told OC Weekly that he had never heard of any approved officer training program that involved planting evidence. In a later statement to the LA Times, Stresak said that hiding firearms in civilian cars was not a part of the training courses offered by his organization, “which sets the training standards for more than 600 law enforcement agencies and 90,000 officers.”

During the trial officer Knorr admitted that this was not the first time he had planted evidence at a crime scene. However, the judge hearing the case would not allow further questioning in regards to the number of times the officers had planted evidence.

5. Two Las Vegas police officers planted drugs on a man, later claiming it was part of a ‘training exercise’.

Police in Las Vegas also claimed that planting evidence was part of a “training exercise,” after they were exposed in court. The two officers in question both testified that they had found the drugs in the vehicle of Mark Lilly. After they were caught, the officers claimed that they had planted the drugs as part of a training exercise, and just forgot they had done it. After an independent review board recommended that officers Kevin Collmar and David Parker be fired, Las Vegas Metro police decided to suspend them instead.

Executive Director of the Nevada chapter of the ACLU, Gary Peck, told the Las Vegas Sun:

“This case should shake public confidence in the entire criminal justice system. Here we have a case where the police planted evidence in a criminal case and then stood mutely by while it was used against someone. It should raise very serious concerns that our state’s largest law enforcement agency is one that does not believe that planting evidence is a fireable offense.”

4. Minneapolis police are accused of a planting gun after shooting 19-year-old Fong Lee.

A Minneapolis police officer shot 19-year-old Fong Lee three times in the back, then fired five additional shots into his chest, killing him. 72 hours later, a gun which police said they recovered near his body, was admitted into evidence. The gun had no fingerprints, no smudges and no DNA. The owner of the gun testified that it had been in police custody for two years, before it was “found” near Fong Lee’s body.

3. An Arizona cop was caught on video planting a crack pipe on a mentally ill, homeless woman.

Officer Richard Chrisman of the Phoenix police department was caught on camera putting drug paraphernalia down the dress of a woman described as homeless and mentally ill. After the video surfaced, Chrisman said he did it as a joke.

In September of 2013, Chrisman was convicted of aggravated assault and manslaughter, after he killed 29-year-old Danny Frank Rodriguez and his dog. Chrisman went to the Rodriquez home in response to a call from his mother, who said he had thrown something during an argument. Chrisman was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

2. A former Texas police officer caught planting evidence also got no jail time.

In March of last year, Roderick Hashaway, a former captain of the Winnsboro Police Department in Texas, pled guilty to depriving citizens of their right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure. The charges came after an FBI investigation which revealed that he had “planted and caused to be planted in a vehicle…methamphetamine… and thereafter seized and arrested [an individual] and charged him with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.”

Hashaway had previously boasted about taking part in more than 100 different drug arrests.

Hashaway was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine.

1. Floyd Dent, a Michigan man brutally beaten by Inkster police in January, released video implicating police in evidence planting scheme.

On March 26, Addicting Info reported on the brutal beating of Floyd Dent, a 57-year-old Michigan man. Video of the incident, which took place during a traffic stop, has drawn national attention.

Dent says that he saw Inkster police plant drugs in his vehicle, as he was being held in the back of a patrol car. Video from the scene shows an officer reaching into his pocket and taking out a plastic baggie.

The officer, Bill Melendez, was previously fired from the Detroit police department after a federal indictment. He was among 17 former Detroit police officers brought up on federal charges in a corruption ring, which included allegations of falsifying police reports and planting evidence. The officers were all charged with conspiring to deprive citizen’s of their rights. Melendez was also indicted on two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, possession of a stolen firearm and carrying of firearm during crime of violence.

Here’s more on this story from Click On Detroit.

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According to a 2013 report from the US Department of Justice, one in every three adults now has some kind of criminal history record. On any given day, at least 2.3 million Americans are incarcerated. We know that about 80 percent of people charged with felony crimes cannot afford to hire an attorney. The police know that too.

As cops become revenue collectors, instead of public protectors, as quotas are enforced and the number of arrests made, tickets written, and citizens stopped become important factors in officer promotions and demotions, police are being given a green light to violate citizens’ rights.

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