Baltimore prosecutors review cases after claim of drug plant

BALTIMORE (AP) — The office of Baltimore’s top prosecutor is reviewing nearly 100 cases that involved three officers who are under scrutiny after defense attorneys released a body camera video that they said showed one officer planting drugs.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said at a news conference Thursday that prosecutors are reviewing the sufficiency of evidence in those cases, which “is going to take time.”

She says prosecutors are also looking at whether there are alternative ways to prove the cases.

Her news conference comes a day after Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced that the officer who defense attorneys accused of the plant during an arrest has had his police powers suspended. Two other officers shown in the video are on administrative duty.

In response to the news conference, public defender Debbie Katz Levi said in a press release that the state’s attorney’s office didn’t go far enough in its actions after the discovery of the video. Levi said she believes any pending court proceedings involving the three officers should be postponed.

“At a minimum, they should have immediately informed defense counsel, considered releasing defendants, and requested a postponement in every case involving these officers,” said Levi.

WTOP’s Mike Murillo contributed to this report.

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