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Police officer fired after accidentally recording himself planting drugs before arresting man for possession of drugs

By Mason White 11:24 AM July 20, 2017
Officer Richard Pinheiro with the pills
Officer Richard Pinheiro with the pills
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) The body cam program seems to be working as the public hoped it would.

The Public Defender’s Office in Maryland, have used a police body cam to get drug charges dropped against a client.

The man, a suspected drug dealer, was arrested after video showed Baltimore police officer Richard Pinheiro, finding drugs in a empty can of soup that was in a pile of trash near the suspect’s home.

However, when the public defender’s officer reviewed the entire video of the incident that occurred at their client’s home, they were shocked by what they saw.

Police have since released the entire video to the public. The incident which the officer accidentally recorded with his body cam, shows him standing at the exact spot where the drugs were found 30 seconds later.

The officer apparently did not know that body cameras save the last 30 seconds of footage before they’re manually activated.

In that 30 second footage, the officer was seen holding a plastic bag with pills and placing it in a pile of dirt. A short time later, the officer returned with the suspect and “searched the area” before “finding the hidden” drugs.

Officer Pinheiro is a witness in about 53 open drug cases, and he was called to testify in a case this week. He has now been suspended and his two colleagues were placed on desk duty.