PHOTOS: Bodycam VIDEO shows Police planting cocaine in a black suspect’s wallet

November 12, 2017 1:08 pm

Footage from a Los Angeles Police Department officer’s body camera appears to show the cop planting cocaine on a black suspect during an arrest.

The video was taken during an arrest in April when officers stopped 52-year-old Ronald Shields, who they suspected had been involved in a hit-and-run crash. It was first obtained and posted online by CBS-LA, prompting the LAPD to announce they had launched an internal investigation into the officer on Friday. This is the first time LAPD bodycam video has ever been made public.

Levine, pictured, said that without the video his suspect would be in jail for a crime he didn't commit 
Footage from a Los Angeles Police Department officer's body camera appears to show the cop planting cocaine on a black suspect during an arrest
The video was taken during an arrest in April when officers stopped 52-year-old Ronald Shields (pictured), who they suspected had been involved in a hit-and-run crash
The footage appears to show a cop only identified as Officer Gaxiola standing beside Shields, who had been put in handcuffs, as another officer, Samuel Lee, bends down and picks up a small baggie (pictured) filled with white powder from the ground
Officer Gaxiola then motions to Officer Lee and points to Shield's wallet in his hand and appears to place the baggie in the wallet
The powder later tested positive for cocaine. Shields' attorney said Officer Lee looked 'dumbstruck' when the video played in court on Thursday
The two officers changed their story when they filed the police report. Officer Gaxiola was allegedly overheard telling people he found the drugs in Shields' wallet, but Officer Lee said they found them in his pocket

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