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Prosecutors to review 100 cases after seeing body camera video

By David Collins,

The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing 100 cases possibly tainted by police body camera video that defense attorneys said shows an officer mishandling evidence.

There’s controversy over a Baltimore City police body-camera video and whether it shows an officer mishandling evidence. The 90-second clip led to the dismissal of a drug case.

The Baltimore Police Department, which operates the body camera program, to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, everybody missed it.

“We don’t review every moment, every minute, every video,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Thursday.

“I have a body-worn camera division that looks at the videos, and we looked at all 10 of them. This was something that wasn’t immediately visible or apparent to the assistant state’s attorney,” Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

The Office of the Public Defender had the video since April, and its lawyers didn’t see it the first time they watched the video.

“Maybe the first time he watched it, (we) didn’t see it and then watched it again for preparation for trial, and that’s when he caught it,” said Debi Levi, with the Office of the Public Defender.

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