Video-Police Plant Drugs On Black Businessman
Think the statistics on black crime quoted by right-wing race baiters are accurate? There are numerous cases of wrongful arrest and wrongful imprisonment all across America. Then there are those blatant instances where honest, law abiding citizens are brazenly framed.
This is one such case in Scotia, New York.
A surveillance video from News 10 clearly shows an unidentified white man planting what looks like crack cocaine in the shop of businessman Donald Andrews, then take a picture of what he had planted—to present as evidence.
The paid confidential informant for the Schenectady County Sheriff’s office was caught in the act of setting up Andrews, who owned Dapp City Smoke Shop.
As a result of this crooked informant manufactured evidence, Andrews was arrested and charged with several felonies, including criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance. With our nation’s erroneous laws on drugs, this innocent man was set to be put away in prison for a very long time.
Facing 25 years or more, Donald Andrews was forced to close his business and spent almost a month in jail before the authorities uncovered the criminal act of their informant.
On April 25, Andrews lawyer insisted the grand jury look at the store’s surveillance tape and it was only then that they believed what his client had told them all along—that he was innocent.
The community is understandably upset and wonders how many other innocent people in their town were rail-roaded into prison for crimes they did not commit.
Indeed, how many others, especially black men, are sitting in prisons across America, victims of the criminal behavior of people our police department pay to spy on the so-called bad guys, when the bad guys are really in their employ?
Mobilized by the Christian Leadership Conference, the community gathered in support of Andrews and to push for an investigation into other cases this informant was involved in. Who else did this man frame and get away with it?
The concerned community wants District Attorney Robert Carney to open an investigation into all of this police informant cases but shockingly, Schenectady County Sherriff Dominic Dagostino said there was no need.
Dagostino claimed there were no more improprieties in the other cases. How does he know this pray tell? If Donald Andrews had a jaded, incompetent public defender, he might be doing 25 years hard time at this moment.
The police department and the district attorney’s office should be doing everything in their power to find out the truth about every case they tried and every arrest made.
This dirty informant, who has since skipped town, reportedly participated in seven other cases, two of which got convictions, so how could law enforcement and the court be sure they were clean convictions?
We know there are folks who will plead guilty or confess to crimes they did not commit for a number of reasons. Fear, intimidation by police, lack of understanding of the law, poor defense representation, mental incompetence and underhanded tactics by the court. Amid all this is the huge elephant in the room: race.
Did that white paid informant plant drugs on a black businessman because he knew it would be quickly believed and not thoroughly investigated? Which opens up another question: doesn’t paying informants lead to shady and criminal behavior?
Giving monetary incentive is a recipe for disaster, especially when police department use folks who are already a few steps from prison themselves.
Stay tuned for other stories in my new installment of: “Think racial profiling and bias is over? Think again.”
Next up, a three star New York black police chief stopped and frisked by white police officers.
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