In an attempt to discredit a man who is suing them for deleting his images in 2010, Baltimore police are investigating him for possible past drug use, including seeking the result of a hair follicle test from a 2007 divorce case.
With that evidence, they believe they can prove that Christopher Sharp had no reasonable capability to recall what took place the day they deleted his images at the Preakness race track after he photographed them beating up a female friend.
But all we have to do is watch the above video recorded by another citizen to see what took place that day, which ends when a police officer threatens to arrest the citizen for recording.
That citizen immediately turned of the camera, but the video ended up on Youtube and shows the officers manhandling the woman who is lying on the floor.
Clearly, these cops have no morals or ethics, so they will stoop to anything to protect themselves, including digging into a man’s past for possible unrelated drug use three years earlier.
According to the Baltimore Sun:
In recent filings in U.S. District Court, police said “whether or not the plaintiff is a drug addict is absolutely material to his competency as a witness.” They have sought phone records, employment records, spoken to his ex-wife’s mother and boyfriend, and want the result of a hair follicle test from 2007 divorce proceedings.
Christopher Sharp’s case “is clearly based upon his credibility, perception, and ability to remember the facts, as he is the only identified witness to the alleged incident,” attorneys for the Police Department wrote in filings. “The defendants have a right to challenge these things.”
Sharp is suing the department with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, saying images from his phone were deleted by a police officer after he recorded a female friend allegedly being beaten by officers, who have not been identified. Images of the arrest along with family photos were erased from the phone, Sharp contends.
Attorneys with the ACLU said the Police Department’s moves were a “gross abuse of subpoena power.”
“Taken together, defendants’ actions demonstrate what can only be characterized as a campaign to intimidate, harass, and embarrass Sharp in retaliation for Sharp’s having brought this action,” his attorneys wrote.
Baltimore cops are so full of themselves that they are claiming other cities have contacted them for “guidance in drafting their own (photo) policies.”
It was only a few months ago that they were bitched-slapped by the U.S. Department of Justice because not only were their existing guidelines not worth the paper they were written on, they had been displaying a blatant pattern of abuse against citizens recording them.
The Baltimore Police Department, the eighth largest in the country, has struggled with corruption within its ranks for years, which is why former Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts will feel right at home after taking the helm last month.
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