A deputy in Jackson County was fired after allegedly planting evidence on people in his community, and there are now said to be roughly 250 drug cases that are being questioned as a result.
It's alleged that on at least one occasion he had planted drugs during a routine traffic stop.
And so far charges have been dropped in over 100 cases.
The investigation into the deputy in question had allegedly started back in August and I guess it didn't take long for them to find the evidence that they needed and make a decision, within weeks, for him to be fired. It's reported that the investigation is still open that's taking a look at the claims of misconduct. As well, it's alleged that no charges have been filed against him just yet.
One state attorney who had viewed bodycam footage of the officer alleges that what he had seen in the video causes him to lose confidence in any cases that the deputy has been involved in. Several lawyers who have been involved with previous cases that this deputy has worked on, have now reportedly been contacted about the situation. However, it's reported that no conclusions have been reached in the matter.
After video footage had been released which supposedly showcased the wrongdoing and this situation erupted, it's reported that many cases have now been dropped in Jackson County as a result, with more expected to come. It poses an incredible risk to have individuals like this in uniform, violating their authority and the trust of others. For the cases that have been dropped, those charges ranged from simple traffic violations to misdemeanors and felonies. Ultimately though, it's good to know that less people will be caged behind bars for victimless crimes like drug possession.
Drugs also aren't the only thing that officers have been found guilty of planting on people. Thankfully, the bodycam and dashcam footage has helped over the years to make the evidence available, to show us when officers have been abusing their authority, engaging in illegal activity. What are the chances though, that there might be many similar circumstances that have taken place which have gone unnoticed?