News Fabricates Story That LAPD Planted Evidence, Offers Video 'Proof' Which Shows No Wrongdoing

CBS2 is showing off Investigative Reporter David Goldstein's report that claims LAPD officers planted drugs, but their video clearly shows officers not actually planting drugs.

LAPD officers are under investigation by their department after a CBS2 report shows what the news agency claims is officers planting drugs on a suspect.

Except the video actually shows the officers not planting drugs on a suspect.

Unfortunately, nobody appears to have any idea what they are actually seeing in the video, and nobody seems to be questioning to absurd claims in the video.

The Incident

In April, LAPD officers stopped 52-year-old Ronald Shields for being the suspect in a felony hit-and-run collision.

After he was arrested, cocaine was found on Shields, and a loaded gun was found in his trunk.

CBS2 released clips of bodycam footage to show their “proof” that the evidence was planted, except the video doesn’t show that at all.

Planting Cocaine Is Pointless

Before we get into what’s wrong with the video, I’d like to point out that planting cocaine actually serves no purpose.

Possession of small amounts of cocaine in the state of California is a misdemeanor and usually not even charged by the prosecutor’s office.

In this instance, Shields was charged with possession of cocaine, but only because he was already being charged with a felony hit and run.

The sentence for possession of cocaine often results in treatment and no jail time.

This begs the question – why would an officer illegally plant evidence on somebody who committed a felony in order to get them charged with an additional misdemeanor? It makes no sense.

In addition to that, it would require numerous officers conspiring together to illegally plant drugs on Shields in order to frame him for the misdemeanor.

Video

You can see the CBS2 video report here. After the video, we’ll cover exactly why this video shows nothing wrong:

This Doesn’t Show Anybody Planting Evidence

Officer Lee wrote in his report, and testified in court, that the cocaine was found in Shields’ front left pocket.

The news reports seem to suggest that the cocaine was located elsewhere, because Officer Gaxiola could be seen picking up the drugs from the ground and placing it in Shields’ wallet.

What every news agency is ignoring is that the drugs were on the ground next to the suspect’s wallet and cell phone. Why? Because Officer Lee emptied out Shields’ pocket and put the contents on the ground.

Here is Officer Lee searching Shields' front left pocket:

Here are all of the contents from his pocket on the ground:

Shields' belongings didn't just materialize on the ground, Officer Lee put them there.

As it’s clear in the video, Officer Lee searched Shields’ pockets and testified that he found the drugs in one of those pockets because that’s where he actually found the drugs.

It is irrelevant if Officer Gaxiola later picked up the evidence from the ground and put it in the wallet.

The news suggested that this move was Officer Gaxiola was planting the drugs in the wallet.

“Why are you putting the cocaine in the suspect’s wallet?” Goldstein asked Officer Gaxiola on video.

Remember, the officers never claimed that they found the drugs in the wallet. This makes the act of putting the drugs in the wallet irrelevant. If the officers were actually trying to plant drugs in the wallet, they would say that they found the drugs in the wallet.

It’s pretty normal to put evidence together like this to make it easier to carry and hold onto. There is absolutely nothing suspicious about what happened.

The video further shows Officer Gaxiola showing Officer Lee that he was putting the drugs into the wallet, so Officer Lee would know where it was.

The defense attorney tried to point to Officer Gaxiola’s hand in the video to suggest that he was holding the drugs before they were found on the ground, but even the judge admitted that he couldn’t see what the defense attorney claimed was drugs being planted.

That didn’t stop numerous mainstream news outlets from picking up this fabricated story.

Shields’ attorney appears to know exactly what he’s doing. “He looked dumbstruck to me,” Attorney Levine said to Goldstein. “Period. He had really no answers.”

Of course, the officer had no answers, because he was never questioned about the video and wasn’t allowed to interject.

LAPD released a statement saying, "The LAPD takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and, as in all cases, will conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether the alleged actions are supported by reliable evidence."

The court case was continued and no ruling will be made on the evidence until December.

Im sick of attacks on police and our President and all who are not corrupt leftwing lib killary n obumer supporters. People u need to stand up for right...and refuse to allow these criminals to rake over our country

I think the news reports are searching for a story any way they can find one. I scratch my head and wonder in what lala land this reporter comes from. A officer would have to be a fool to plant such a small amount of a drug on a person while being filmed, more than likely by every officer on the scene. They already have the person arrested on other charges and to plant that little amount of a drug on someone is stupid. The next thing, is how stupid is the reporter, did he actually think he would get a answer when he asked the officer about his accusation. Of course the officer isn't going to answer, the reporter is just trying to bait the officer into saying something.

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"The defense attorney tried to point to Officer Gaxiola’s hand in the video to suggest that he was holding the drugs before they were found on the ground, but even the judge admitted that he couldn’t see what the defense attorney claimed was drugs being planted."

Oh, Christ. That's actually hilarious. That "little white square" the attorney was talking about is actually pixelation. It's common when you take digital video, especially low quality digital video like that on body cameras, and blow it up like 250%. The image begins to break apart into little bits, similar to how old video games like Mario and Metroid looked. That's why it's called 16 bit animation. It's only 16 bits of color applied to an image, which early computing could only handle so many bits of video to be able to function properly.

The short of it, that dummy is pointing out a part of the officer's thumb that is pixelated because he's zooming in to see it. It's white because the top of his thumb is blown out by the sunlight.

I actually wish I lived in LA, because this would be fucking hilarious to watch a half-way intelligent prosecutor rip this entire theory to shreds. Hell, the star expert can be an undergrad in Cinematic Arts from USC.

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The defense attorney pointed to a 'white square' 'in the officer's hand. Ok dummy, but the cocaine was in a green baggie, so...?

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so tampering with evidence and falsifying police reports is fine?, and yet if the cop did no wrong, why is his only answer no comment, if he had nothing to hide then he would have nothing to fear, as far as why the cops would plant drugs, Quotas

right just like the cop in Baltimore filmed himself planting drugs then wants to claim he did not plant them

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necroignis, stick to what you're good at.

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