The following was submitted by Qtip Bailey via CopBlock.org’s “submit” tab.
A man who claims a police officer planted drugs on him saw the charges dismissed one day before his case went to trial, according to a Channel 2 Action News report, also reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
But the DeKalb County Solicitor General’s Office said the dismissal has nothing to do with a surveillance video Alphoo Eleby said proves he was set up by a police officer.
Eleby said his ordeal began in July 2012 at a Chevron gas station. He stopped to speak to someone sitting in a black SUV when an officer said he smelled marijuana and arrested the driver on charges of marijuana possession with intent to distribute.
“I was searched twice,” Eleby said. He said no drugs were found on him and he was told to sit down. An officer stood guard over him for several minutes and Eleby said he never moved.
As one officer searches the vehicle, the video shows the inti officer circle back to her client and toss marijuana next to him, attorney Zenobia Waters told Channel 2. Waters said the officer then picks the drugs up and repositions them. “And then he stands up and yells, ‘Look what you tried to throw,’” Eleby said.
The video shows Eleby protesting what he sees the officer do and the officer then puts him in a choke-hold while other officers look on.
I’m passing along this story from Atlanta. They’re still planting drugs on people to get arrests.