A Baltimore cop, who was seen in body-camera footage planting drugs at a crime scene, was officially charged with evidence tampering this week. Before the video surfaced last January, the person charged with the drug offense in this case almost pleaded guilty. SMH, we’re happy to see the truth came out.
According to The Baltimore Sun, a grand jury indicted 29-year-old Officer Richard A. Pinheiro on charges of misconduct and fabricating evidence. State Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby — Y’all may remember she’s the same prosecutor who brought charges against the police officers in the Freddie Gray case — said these charges reflect her promise “to apply one standard of justice for all.”
“It’s critical we remain transparent throughout the process to the extent the law allows as we continue to rebuild community trust,” she said in a statement. She added that this indictment is “another example of our office applying justice fairly and equally.”
The video, which surfaced in summer 2017, was one of three showing questionable police activity. According to the The Baltimore Sun, “The fabricating-evidence charge is a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment and a $5,000 fine. Misconduct in office is a common-law offense, which means that the court is free to impose any penalty that does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment.”
We’re happy to see some justice was served.
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