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Video: FBI Enhances Video In Evidence-Planting Claim

July 31, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Evidence-Planting Claim In Texas

The FBI agreed Monday to enhance patrol-car video footage from a 2009 arrest involving a man who accused two El Paso (Texas) Police officers of planting cocaine on him.

The video footage is the central piece of evidence in the trial of Ernesto Burciaga, a 33-year-old arrested on Dec. 24, 2009 after officers allegedly saw him throw a bag of cocaine during a traffic stop.

Burciaga's attorney won a continuance Monday to allow the FBI to enhance the video to better clarify what happened. The enhancement process could take several weeks, reports KFOX14.

In the 14-minute video, Officers Victor Almanza and Benito Madrid can be seen pulling over Burciaga, detaining him, and searching his vehicle. 

Tags: El Paso PD, Drug Enforcement, FBI, Civil Rights Cases


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AJ @ 8/1/2012 7:30 AM

If they are dirty I hope they get thiers but last I checked, "enhanced" is another word for "changed". And while I do it from time to tine to perhaps get a license plate as an investigative lead, it'll be a cold day in hell when I get that "enhanced" footage itself in as evidence...

Fed Cop @ 8/1/2012 3:18 PM

"Enhanced" also means "changed". It's no long in the same condition as it was entered as evidence. Video evidence should not be altered. The enhancement will alter the detail and pixels of the video. The FBI could (highly unlikely) delete detail that would benefit the officer.

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