The star of the latest viral cop video, a New York cop, has been reported to still be on the job after being caught planting drugs in a teen’s car after not finding a justification for his harassment. If you haven’t seen the video you can view the clip below. In the video, the officer is heard urging, “We have to find something!” Despite of the damning evidence of at the minimum, police misconduct, the NYPD has not deemed the evidence sufficient to hold the crooked cop accountable says the New York Times.
The international publication secured and posted the video of the interaction between NYPD and several Staten Island teens. The New York cop and his colleague searched the teens’ cars with a false assurance that they would find something. The teens ultimately were framed by the cops after they didn’t find anything incriminating and body camera showed how one officer in particular planted marijuana and claimed to have found it on the floor of the suspect’s car.
The stop resulted with one of the teens spending two weeks in jail.
The NYPD conducted an internal investigation of the incident and un-surprisingly, found no wrongdoing on the part of the officer.
On Feb. 28, NYPD officers Kyle Erickson and Elmer Pastran stopped Lasou Kuyateh’s in a black BMW on Staten Island.
Their defense was that the car had illegally tinted windows and that 19-year-old Kuyateh failed to use his turn signal. The teens protested with the officers that no drugs were in the car or in their possession but the officers didn’t buy it.
“I don’t appreciate being lied to,” Officer Pastran responds. “I know there is weed in the car. I smell it.”
The video shows Pastran searching through the back of the car before announcing “The backseat looks pretty clear.”
New York cop, Erickson, searched the car and found nothing but he is still overheard telling his partner, Pastran, “We gotta find it. We have to find something. You know what I mean?”
The Grio reports:
Erickson searched again before his body camera goes dark bit Pastran’s body camera, however, catches a glimpse of Erickson fiddling with something in the backseat area.
Kuyateh at that point starts getting upset and yelling that he was being set up. He too was recording the ordeal on his cell phone.
“He is putting something in my car, yo! He’s putting something in my car!” the teen starts to shout. The officers get rattled and then arrests him.
Erickson’s camera doesn’t come back on until four minutes later.
Kuyateh was carted to jail. At his hearing, he testified before the judge that he was being set up by the arresting officers. He testified that the drugs were planted by the officers. The prosecution ultimately dropped the charges against Kuyateh during Erickson’s testimony. The case against the teen was dismissed and sealed… but the officer is still on the job.