NYPD Officer Kyle Erickson Caught On Video Planting Marijuana For Second Time

Kyle Erickson NYPD
(Last Updated On: March 18, 2020)

New York, NY – The Intercept’s Alice Speri, with video by Travis Mannon, has published an exclusive video of a NYPD officer, Kyle Erickson, of the 120th Precinct, seemingly caught in the act of planting marijuana in a car –– for the second time.

Kyle Erickson was also caught planting marijuana in the car of a group of young men in Staten Island, Weeks before this second event. But an internal review by the New York Police Department found that no misconduct had occurred.

This second incident raises questions about the credibility of NYPD internal review processes and highlights the lack of transparency in cases of police misconduct. Moreover, the release of today’s video, which didn’t emerge for nearly two years, validates criticism by police accountability advocates that body cameras are of no use if the evidence they capture remains inaccessible.

Excerpt from The Intercept’s article:

When a police officer in Staten Island was caught by his own body camera in the apparent act of planting marijuana in the car of a group of young men, the video evidence against him was strong enough to prompt prosecutors in the resulting case to throw out the marijuana charge in the middle of a pretrial hearing. A judge cut short his testimony, and prosecutors recommended he get a lawyer. But an internal review by the New York Police Department found that no misconduct had occurred.

Now a new video — published exclusively by The Intercept — shows the same officer again seemingly planting marijuana during a different traffic stop just a few weeks after the first, raising questions about the credibility of internal review processes and highlighting the lack of transparency in cases of police misconduct. The video, which didn’t emerge for nearly two years, also underscores the limited information available not just to the public but also defendants, and validates criticism by police accountability advocates that body cameras are of no use if the evidence they capture remains inaccessible….Read it all here.

Stay tuned.

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