Consequences of Cops Planting Evidence

September 12, 2012

We all remember the OJ Simpson trial and the bloody glove. Defense lawyers convinced jurors that LAPD officers may have planted it at Simpson’s estate. The jury found Simpson not guilty of murder charges.

We’ll probably never know what really happened that night. But one thing we do know is that a cop who gets caught planting evidence faces dire consequences.

The officer would almost certainly be terminated from the force. And he probably would never find employment in law enforcement again.

Then there’s Penal Code 141 - California’s law against planting or tampering with evidence. Penal Code 141 makes this a felony for police officers, punishable by up to 5 years in state prison.

No one knows the true extent to which crooked cops tamper with or plant evidence on suspects. We’d all like to hope such things rarely or never happen. California law takes it quite seriously. An officer caught engaging in this sort of misconduct will lose not just his job but probably his freedom as well.