A police division in Wisconsin has claimed no wrongdoing in response to a viral video that exhibits one in every of its officers tossing a plastic baggie right into a black man’s automobile whereas he was stopped for dashing.
The brief cellphone video, posted to Fb by consumer “La Savoo,” a local of Racine, Wi. and a music artist, based on his Fb profile, exhibits a Caledonia police officer strategy the stopped automobile and toss something contained in the open rear passenger doorway.
“What’s that? What did you simply throw in right here? I acquired you on digital camera, bro,” “La Savoo” says to the officer within the video.
“What’s what?” the officer responds.
“Hey bro you simply threw that in right here,” he says. The video cuts to the backseat exhibiting the bag earlier than reducing out.
The video rapidly went viral throughout social media Saturday afternoon, with many condemning what seemed to be a sketchy encounter.
However the division responded on Saturday night, posting two physique cam movies to its Fb web site, together with that of the officer in query, exhibiting moments earlier than and after the identical encounter when the bag was taken from a passenger.
The prolonged video exhibits the second one other officer palms his colleague a plastic bag, or “nook minimize,” taken from the pockets of one of many two passengers who had been within the automobile when it was stopped.
The officer walks as much as the automobile and tosses it in, simply as in “La Savoo’s” video.
In bodycam footage, the officer might be heard explaining why he threw the bag within the automobile. “As a result of it was in his pocket and I don’t really feel like holding on to it,” he says.
Caledonia Chief of Police Christopher Botsch mentioned that the empty nook tear didn’t comprise any unlawful medicine.
“The empty nook tear did NOT comprise any unlawful substance; nevertheless, such a packaging is a typical methodology for holding unlawful medicine,” he mentioned in a press release.
“The empty nook tear was turned over by the looking officer to a different officer who was on scene. That officer turned it over to the officer who’s seen on video. Since there have been NO DRUGS within the nook tear, the officers discarded the empty packaging materials within the automobile. That is what was noticed within the video.”
In line with police, the automobile was stopped for going 63 mph in a forty five mph zone. The driving force was recognized together with her license, and the 2 rear passengers, who weren’t sporting seatbelts had been requested to determine themselves.
“La Savoo” “lawfully declined to determine himself,” the division mentioned. The driving force and passengers had been faraway from the automobile and searched, which revealed the plastic bag.
No arrests had been made on account of the cease, based on the division, nevertheless the driving force of the automobile acquired a dashing ticket.
The division mentioned it’s nonetheless reviewing over six hours of physique cam footage from the 4 responding officers.