False Story Spreads On Social Media Of White Police Officer Planting Evidence In Black Man’s Car At Traffic Stop

A video has recently received over 6 million views and 64K retweets along with celebrities such as former NBA player Rex Chapman and television host W. Kamau Bell. The story was picked up by  TMZ and the NY Daily News. people claimed it showed a police officer planting a bag of drugs in a car he and his partner had stopped. The video was taken in the Village of Caledonia Police Department in Caledonia, Wisconsin.

But, the video does not show all of the actions, however, the video from the officer’s bodycam shows the complete story. The officer had found the bag on one of the passengers in the car. He handed it to his partner to see and then he tossed the bag in the backseat of the car. That changes the narrative quite a bit. And it proves that the officer did not plant evidence in the car.

The original video was edited for effect because on the body cam, the officer can be heard saying, “It was in his pocket and I don’t want to hold onto it. It’s on their bodycam that they took it off of him.” That did not appear on the video that made its way onto the internet. Evidently, it was edited out to make it appear that the officer was crooked. In fact they found no actual drugs in the car and the bag tossed into the car did not contain drugs nor was anyone charged for drugs.

From The Daily Caller

Caledonia police later issued a lengthy statement on Facebook responding to the backlash on social media in which Chief of Police Christopher Botsch debunked the misinformation while criticizing the officer for putting the baggie on the backseat.

“On 07-21-21 at about 3:22pm, officers conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle traveling 63 mph in a 45 mph zone,” the post explained. “The vehicle was occupied by a driver along with front and rear passengers. The driver was identified by her driver’s license. The front passenger lawfully declined to identify himself. The rear passengers were not wearing their seat-belts and were asked to identify themselves.”

“The empty corner tear was turned over by the searching officer to another officer who was on scene. That officer turned it over to the officer who is seen on video. Since there were NO DRUGS in the corner tear, the officers discarded the empty packaging material in the vehicle. This is what was observed in the video,” the statement continued.

No one was arrested for anything and the only negative thing suffered by the people in the car was a speeding ticket for the driver.

 

 

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