Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Cop Planting Drugs on Suspect on Camera?

According to this article, it sure sounds like it. Long excerpt below the fold:

On the night of June 4, 2007, Carlos Ferrell was stopped by police on a domestic assault warrant. According to the lawsuit, Ferrell’s ex-wife, Tiffany, saw Ferrell, called police and was involved in the initial chase.

Once Ferrell came to a stop, he was ordered out of the car by Cookeville police Officer Chris Melton.

“Put your hands up, and get out of the car,” Melton is heard telling Ferrell on the tape.

Ferrell, 28, exits the car with his arms raised while Officer Jeff Johnson is holding the department’s police dog. The video shows the dog bite Ferrell several times.

Attorney Blair Durham is representing Ferrell.

“The dog is released. The dog then chews into Mr. Ferrell’s leg where, of course, he goes to the ground,” he said.

“Your dog just ate my leg off,” Ferrell said on the tape.

Durham also accused Melton of planting drugs on Ferrell. In the dash cam video, Melton is seen searching Ferrell’s pockets a number of times.

Then, Durham said, another officer appears to give a signal with his hand, at which point Melton then reaches into his right pocket and looks into the camera. It’s at that point on the tape that Durham said Melton appears to put drugs in Ferrell’s pocket.

“Whoa, Carlos, weed? Now you got you another freaking charge, how about that?” Melton told Ferrell in the video.

Melton has been placed on administrative leave with pay. The night of the stop, Ferrell was charged with evading arrest and possession of marijuana.

“That’s a complete drug plant is what I’m alleging. It’s a complete unlawful search, first of all, and it’s a planting of paraphernalia,” Durham said.

Please don’t be shocked. This goes on all the time, folks. As the Kathryn Johnston case in Atlanta showed, the vice cops literally drove around with bags of marijuana to plant on suspects so they could coerce them into being informants. And the cops in that case testified that this was absolutely routine and normal. And so it is. The failed war on drugs has produced staggering corruption in our law enforcement apparatus at all levels of government.