A shocking video is now making its way around the Internet. The
video involves a man who was under police suspicion for selling drugs,
even though he wasn’t selling anything illegal. The man, Donald Andrews
Jr., ran a smoke shop in Schenectady County, New York.
Law enforcement officials in the area were suspicious of the man and
regularly sent undercover officers to do surveillance on his store.
During one trip, an officer is caught in plain view of store cameras
pulling out a small bit of crack cocaine and putting it on the counter
when no one was looking.
“He comes in, places the crack on the counter. Crack, which under
federal sentencing guidelines, would get him 4 years in jail. Under New
York State law would get him 2 to 7 years in jail,” attorney Kevin
Luibrand said while narrating the video for an audience that was in
stunned by what they saw.
The community is outraged over the incident. The Schenectady chapter
of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has taken the lead on
the matter, expressing their shock and concern over the incident.
Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino reportedly told WNYT-TV
that procedures weren’t followed and that the rogue cop who planted the
evidence is now on the run. Andrews is in the middle of filing a
wrongful arrest lawsuit against the police department.
If police testimony is always valued above and beyond the defendants,
how often do you think this happens? With black men being arrested for
drug distribution more than any other group of people, it probably
happens more than you know.
Edited by CLCNY20 - Aug 20 2013 at 4:07pm