Baltimore’s Fox 45 reports that Richard Pinheiro Richard and two other officers were caught in the act as a body camera recorded the entire covert operation. The 90-second clip shows the three on duty men in the back of a house with Pinheiro hiding to be what seems to be a bag of pills underneath trash.
The three men head back to the sidewalk where Pinheiro turns on his body camera. Little did he know that it can record up to 30 seconds of footage prior to being manually activated by the wearer.
While knowing the camera is on Pinheiro says “I’m going to check here” as he walks back to trash pile to uncover the planted drugs. Luckily for the defendants, a public defender reviewed the footage a day before their trial was set to commence resulting in the charges being dropped. The prosecutor commented saying, “I’ve passed it up and we are all appalled … something is going to happen because of this revelation.”
The Baltimore Police Department has also released a statement saying “we take allegations like this very seriously and that’s why we launched an internal investigation into the accusations. We are fortunate to have Body Worn Cameras which provide a perspective of the events as reported.”
We take that with a grain of salt as Pinheiro was called as a witness in a separate case.
“They had knowledge. They watched it and were appalled by what was on the video, and then for whatever reason made the choice to continue to call him as a witness,” Public Defender Debbie Katz Levi explained. You can view the video below.
It’s a dirty game and clearly they are not playing fair.