LAPD body camera videos have surfaced showing police appearing to plant a white packet of cocaine on a black man, Ronald Shields, in April.
A lawyer for Shields, Steve Levine, recently showed the body cam video in court in Van Nuys, notes KCBS.
In the video, Shields is arrested for a hit-and-run accident. Officer Samuel Lee is seen searching Shields.
The body cam video reportedly shows LAPD Officer Gaxiola picking up Shields’ wallet off the street and showing it to Lee who then points to Shields.
Gaxiola reportedly puts the wallet back on the street, then bends down and picks up a small packet of white powder and the wallet and motions to Lee. Gaxiola appears to put the small bag in the wallet as Lee watches.
Gaxiola then turns on his body cam, which has been recording previously for 30 seconds without audio, and brags about finding the drugs three times.
The small bag with white powder eventually tested positive for cocaine.
Gaxiola and Lee refused to comment to KCBS.
Levine told the news station that the drugs came from the police:
There’s a little white square here in his hand. I believe the video shows that the drugs were in his right hand and transfers to his left hand. And, if you watch, he looks down to make sure the [drugs] are there and that’s when the drugs are planted.
The Los Angeles Police Department, which has kept the body cam videos secret since April, is now opening an internal investigation.