A Baltimore police officer has been suspended after he appeared to accidently record himself committing a major crime.
According to NBC News, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender released body cam footage that allegedly shows officer Richard Pinheiro planting drugs during an investigation. Defense lawyers say the 90-second clip shows the cop going into a Baltimore alley and placing a bag of pills inside a pile of trash. Pinheiro is then seen returning the sidewalk with two other officers, before he turns on his cam and returns to the alley to “find” the drugs he was handling moments before.
Footage shows officer placing drugs in trash; goes out to street, turns on camera, returns. Cams save 30 sec prior to activation, w/o sound pic.twitter.com/5ZW128lWFM
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) July 19, 2017
Gizmodo reports the officer was likely unaware of the camera’s “buffering” mode, which allows the device to record up to 30 seconds of footage before it is manually activated.