This is a series of older but noteworthy stories from Huntington Beach, CA. The story was originally broke by OC WEEKLY, and was then followed up by the mainstream LA TIMES and ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, which resulted in direct admissions by police. Here are the 3 articles in sequence, as well as some links to more recent admitted examples of cops planting evidence. This is why you should never, ever, consent to a warrantless search of yourself or your vehicle. Also, record all interactions with police if possible.
With a horrified suspect watching, Huntington Beach police planted evidence – a loaded revolver- in the man’s car during a DUI accident investigation in January, the Weekly has learned. The controversial revelation is not now in dispute although cops, prosecutors and city bureaucrats attempted to keep the incident a secret by sealing records and stalling discovery of related documents.
Despite those efforts, the gun incident became an issue during an obscure misdemeanor trial last week at Orange County’s West Court in Westminster. Police officers were forced to admit under oath that a snub-nosed handgun had been tossed like a Frisbee about four feet into the trunk of a Hyundai belonging to Tom Cox, the suspect. The loaded gun bounced twice and slammed up against the driver’s side of the car’s trunk. No bullets were discharged.
Brian Knorr, the uniformed officer who threw the weapon, lowered the trunk lid with the gun inside and stepped back, allegedly waiting for an unsuspecting fellow officer to find it during a search, according to testimony. The officer assigned to search the vehicle eventually located the gun and, startled, turned to Cox holding the revolver in both hands. This officer stared at Cox, who began to panic at the scenario of a weapons charge. Knorr walked over, “elbowed that cop and took the gun back,” said Cox.
Deputy Public Defender Melani Bartholomew, who represented Cox, asked Officer Dave Wiederin on the witness stand if he and at least six other officers who were present at the crime scene had laughed in front of Cox when the gun was retrieved.
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