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Caledonia police investigating after viral video appears to show officer toss bag into back seat of pulled-over car


A video being circulated heavily on social media shows a Caledonia police officer tossing what appears to be a plastic bag into the backseat of a car that is pulled over. 



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The video appeared on Facebook around 10 a.m. on Saturday. The 16-second clip shows the officer dropping a rolled up plastic bag into the backseat of the car. The man recording says, “Hey bro what’s that?” The officer responds, “What’s what?”

The man recording says, “I got you on camera bro,” and the officer responds, “I got you on camera, we’re all good.”

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The camera then shows a plastic baggy in the back seat next to a lighter, and the man recording says, “Hey…you just threw that in here.”

After the clip went viral, Village of Caledonia Police Chief Christopher Botsch issued a statement Saturday afternoon. The statement reads in part: 

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“Earlier today, the Caledonia Police Department was made aware of a cell phone video that is circulating social media platforms depicting the actions of a Caledonia police officer. We were able to locate the call for service associated with the cell phone video. The Caledonia Police Department is conducting a comprehensive internal review of the incident.”

“All officers assigned to patrol duties are equipped with body worn cameras, and preliminary information indicates the officers on scene of this incident all had their body worn cameras activated.”

Both the man recording and Caledonia police have been contacted by the Journal Sentinel. Neither has responded. 

Contact Drake Bentley at (414) 391-5647 or DBentley1@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DrakeBentleyMJS

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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Caledonia police investigating after viral video appears to show officer toss bag into back seat of pulled-over car

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