Suspects are getting so bold these days, that they will even claim that officers have planted evidence instead of admitting to crimes themselves. Of course, claiming that a law enforcement officer has planted something, opens quite the investigation.
At 3:22 p.m. on July 21, Caledonia police officers stopped a vehicle for driving 63 in a 45 zone. After the stop, one of the riders from the car accused the arresting officers of planting the evidence in their car.
According to Caledonia Police Chief Christopher Botsch, the four body cams that were on sight showed a clear view of the scene. The officers removed the driver and two seatbeltless passengers from the back.
The front passenger flat-out refused to get out of the car and follow the officer’s instructions. He did take out his phone and film the incident. His footage did not show the whole picture.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the officers found a “corner tear” in one of the occupant’s pockets. This is usually how people carry illegal drugs.
The baggie was empty so it returned to the back seat of the car. The front seat passenger was still filming and asked the officer, “Hey bro, what’s that?” The officer was not quite sure what the passenger was referring to.
The passenger says, ” I got you on camera bro.” The officer replies, ” I got you on camera, we’re all food.
In the video, you can see a plastic baggie piece and a lighter in the vehicle. The passenger tried to pass off the blame. “Hey… you just threw that in there.”
“Yeah, cause it was in his pocket and I don’t want to hold onto it. It’s on their body cam that they just took it off of him, so…” replied the officer.
The passenger pushed, angling that the baggies 100% came from the officer. The officer once again reiterates where the bag came from.
Nothing to See Here
The police chief defended his officer on social media, letting everyone know they did not do anything wrong, especially since there “were NO DRUGS in the corner tear.”
“While we would discourage officers from discarding items into a citizen’s vehicle, the video is clear that the officer is NOT planting evidence or doing anything illegal. Additionally, the empty corner tear is not itself illegal.”Chief Botsch
No one was arrested in the incident and the driver was cited for speeding.