Baltimore cop plants drugs

A crooked Baltimore cop accidentally recorded himself planting drugs behind an abandoned building. The video footage released by the public defender's office shows Officer Richard Pinheiro planting a bag of pills in a tin can and tossing it onto a trash pile.

The full video, from an arrest in January, shows the plainclothes cop flipping a switch on his body camera. He attempts to turn the camera off but he only mutes the sound.

Two uniformed officers -- including a black cop -- observed Pinheiro planting the drugs. Pinheiro walks out to the street, and he attempts to flip a switch on the body camera -- thinking he is turning the camera back on.

Pinheiro and the two officers then return to the trash pile. After picking through the rubbish he locates the same can. "Yo," he says as he "discovers" the drugs inside the can.

Baltimore's Office of the Public Defender found the incriminating video while reviewing footage to prepare for a drug case in court this week.

The Prosecutor's office dropped all charges after receiving a call from the public defender about the video.

The Public Defender's office is calling for prosecutors to drop 53 active cases in which Pinheiro and his colleagues are the only witnesses.

“The officers involved are still witnesses in other active cases," reads a statement released by the Office of the Public Defender. “The prosecutor claimed to be ‘appalled’ by the video and dropped the charges in that case, but no [action] has been taken in other cases involving these officers.”

Officer misconduct is widespread in the Baltimore Police Department. The wounded city has not healed from the riots that erupted after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in 2015.

“Officers should not be able to decide when to turn the cameras on and off,” said Debbie Katz Levi, head of the Baltimore Public Defender’s Special Litigation Section, in a statement.

“We have long supported the use of police body cameras to help identify police misconduct, but such footage is meaningless if prosecutors continue to rely on these officers, especially if they do so without disclosing their bad acts," Levi said.

Officer Pinheiro has not been disciplined.

Baltimore police started wearing body cameras in May 2016, two months before murder charges were dropped against the cops in the Freddie Gray case.

  • Renee26

    No discipline for these thugs in blue huh?? Not shocked

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  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    They keep getting caught & people wonder why.......................................

  • McKay

    Dirty MuthaF@#ker. I'm so darn mad!!! Imagine all the innocent people inside because of cold hearted devils.

  • casiepriest33

    They're evil beyond words, and that sambo who witnessed it needs to be dealt with. How you sell your own people out?

  • McKay

    Karma is going to tear him a new asshole. Sellout.

  • imright

    how surprising ???

  • MookieFly

    Somebody probably sitting in a cell right now like da f**k...its one thing to hear about them planting drugs, but to actually see it?? AND he still not in trouble??

  • JV

    In the video you can hear him say "30? Is that 30?" That's a reference to their body cameras, which capture 30 seconds of video prior to the officer actually activating it. If Baltimore if getting tired of getting sued and losing, they better do something.

  • imright
  • imright

    they just showing us that they can be caught on camera doing watev tf they want and aint shiit gonna happen ???????????????

  • JerseyMom

    Many drugs cases where inner city Black males are defendants involve evidence that was planted by crooked cops. Not only do they plant drugs but they also shake drug dealers down for their drug money.

  • MissHarlem

    Nothing new under the sun. Origin of the slave patrol formerly known as police.....I expect nothing less sadly ?

  • Ms.Vanilla

    This is nothing new. But the big picture is this... Not all of them wear these cams and what's to stop THEM from planting evidence. Seems like all them brothers in the past were telling the truth after all.

  • Scromes1212

    Salute to the Public defenders office. They have a hard job and they get paid crumbs compared to paid lawyers.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    They want people to get mad. They are always inciting shi*

  • wiseone

    And don't turn in all the money when they do a drug raid. They even split the proceeds with the judge.

  • Ryan

    He hasn't been disciplined yet? Give it a few more days, especially if it spreads in the media.

  • Anunnaki

    Real black men are gonna get tired soon. And all hell gonna break loose. And They gonna get the koons first

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    "Officer Pinheiro has not been disciplined."
    So planting evidence isn't a crime? Why haven't they pressed charges against him? The fact that he hasn't at least been fired is a disgrace. And they wonder why black people in the hood don't trust the police. SMH

  • Platoon

    Nothing new. They've been doing this for ages.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    And for every one that gets caught like this, we know there's 100+ more that don't get caught. It's scary to think just how many black men are in prison right now based on this type of false/planted evidence .

  • Kayke

    He should be fired. His integrity is compromised. He should also be sued along with the department.

  • Kayke

    Yup..... They are the true dealers and extortionist.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    It sure is. The saying "That ain't mine" has become a cliche' in court but it's probably true and the police know it. Just like when blacks yell..."It's because I'm black". It's done so much that YT knows they will not be believed so they do racist shi* all the time.

  • James Hudson

    So it's really hard to believe that the LAPD didn't plant or frame OJ? Here's another video WHITE peoples to show you its done?

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  • Malai

    But can we talk about how their administration is trying to cover it up by saying "he went back and planted the drugs because he initially forgot to show that he "found" the drugs but forgot to have his camera on and that's why he is shown doing that in the video? Puh-leaseeee ?

  • Bdot

    Routine stuff for cops.

  • Chicagowise

    "Two uniformed officers — including a black cop — observed Pinheiro planting the drugs."


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  • Ro

    This is nothing new, dirty Cops do this all the time.But im glad the accused got off!

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  • casiepriest33

    There's going to be a civil war amongst blacks. Sell outs vs. everyone else.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Why do they have to activate the cameras? Cameras should be running 24/7 the whole time they are on duty. That's the only way to keep them honest.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    The overlooked irony is some prosecutors often help cover this mess up. No prosecutor wants to lose a felony case, so in these sorts of situations, justice gets the business--and the defendant gets the railroad.

    The only way this had to have been revealed was through a discovery motion. Which means, catch this, the prosecutors more than likely had already reviewed the evidence--and sat on it. Meaning, the prosecutor was willing to jail or imprison someone on knowingly faulty evidence.

    That happens a lot. And at this point, the prosecutor and the cops need to face charges because such conduct is criminal.

    Baltimore will survive. Its a strong city with a lot of people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and get things back on track. Will take time though.

  • eric5000

    Listen this has been happening since we were dragged here, the only difference is now its getting filmed, it doesn't mean we will get justice until we as a group say NO MORE!!!

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    "And they wonder why black people in the hood don't trust the police"
    Correction* Black people period.

  • Chicagowise

    If you think a black cop is going to risk his or her pension to save an innocent black suspect who has been falsely accused, think again.

  • SDot

    How long we been trying to tell yall COPS SUCKS! They the WORST GANGS OUT HERE!

  • Karen Brady

    Right, only thing is now it's being recorded. Been happening. NO MORE!!

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Right?! I want to know as well. No mention if he's on suspension either.

  • NegraGata

    I thought I read yesterday that they said they were "re-enacting" the crime scene, which is TOTAL BS. But of course I can't always read the whole thing because usually the first sentence PISSES me off to all levels of pissitivity that a person can reach when you know the "police" are getting away with ANOTHER CRIME!!!

  • sherri2016

    Back in the day when i moved to va i use to always get the question when they new iwas from Baltimore is it anything like the Wire i would get mad say thats tv Baltimore is good now its reminding me of the wire everyday i watch the news

  • Lisa daniels

    They all wet their beaks.

  • Acts238

    Chi Town anyone? They've been trying to set us up and wipe us out since we got off the ships.

  • 2telldatruth

    I been telling folks for years.....Everybody in jail ain't guilty.

  • 2telldatruth

    He'll find himself/herself along beside them being railroaded.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Auntie Sandra,
    You missed so much.
    7 were indicted in March and then reindicted earlier this month.

  • Whiteguy

    Pants up don't loot.