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Case charged by indicted Baltimore Police officers dismissed
New body cam footage released
10:39 AM, Mar 6, 2017
6:49 AM, Mar 7, 2017
A case charged by four of the seven indicted Baltimore Police officers was dismissed Monday.
The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office dropped all charges in the case of Albert Brown.
"Charges against Albert Brown were dismissed solely based on the fact that the four BPD witness officers in this case are most of the recent federal indictment," Melba Saunders, a spokesperson for the State's Attorney's Office said. "We investigated all of the allegations about the officers made by the defense with the cooperation of the BPD and the defense's private investigator, and found nothing to substantiate the claims."
Brown was arrested back in August by Officers Hersl, Jenkins, Rayam and Taylor on drug and gun possession charges.
New body cam footage captured during Brown’s arrest shows an officer saying “it’s off,” in reference to his body camera.
The footage mirrors allegations brought by federal law enforcement officials that the officers deliberately turned off their body worn cameras to conduct their business.
Brown said Monday that the case “ruined my life.”
Baltimore Police released the following statement Monday:
"We recognize that cases involving these seven officers will be continuously reviewed. It's a grueling and painful process.
As for this particular video; the violation of policy noted was caught during a routine audit of body work camera videos. An internal investigation was launched and disciplinary action was initiated.
While these officers are accused of completely jeopardizing the public's trust and tarnishing the image of the Baltimore Police Department, we have no information related to this case that any evidence was planted.
This will be an ongoing review as we move forward."
Seven Baltimore Police officers were indicted last week on charges of committing robberies, extortion, filing fake police reports and overtime fraud.
Six of the seven officers who appeared before a federal judge were ordered to remain locked up pending their trials.