On Tuesday (March 17), Philly MC Meek Mill shared an alarming video of a Louisiana police officer who appeared to plant drugs on a handcuffed Black suspect on the ground.
In the video, three officers can be seen apprehending the man, who has since been identified as Dominique Griffin. A deputy is shown putting down what looks like small baggies containing a white substance, appearingly crack cocaine, around the man’s ankles.
The officer puts down the bag when he notices that the arrest is being recorded and chases after a woman that was apparently filming the scene.
“THIS IS WHAT’S GOING ON IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD! JP PUTTING DRUGS ON PPL!!!” one person alleged on Twitter. Meek caught wind of the video and shared a link to a post of the video on Instagram.
“Now y’all can see on video what’s been going on with us black men for years!” he wrote in the caption.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has since issued a statement in response to the video after it went viral online.
“The video in question is part of the evidence that has been collected in this case. It has been alleged by third parties that evidence on the scene was planted by one of our deputies,” the statement read, according to Fox 8. “Our on-scene deputies have been interviewed in this matter and gave reasonable explanations to the actions depicted in the video.”
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Capt. Jason Rivarde told Fox 8 that they received a call about a man allegedly selling drugs and Griffin reportedly fit the description. The statement further stated that all of the officers who were at the scene have been questioned about the matter. Griffin was also brought in for questioning and the authorities obtained a search warrant for his cellphone. According to JSPO, they unearthed evidence of possible drug transactions.
The report adds that Griffin was not arrested for narcotics charges, however, he was booked on battery on an officer, battery on an officer with injury, and resisting arrest with force or violence.
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