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NYPD Cannot Authenticate Videos They Said Showed Men High on Synthetic Weed

By  Gwynne Hogan and Ben Fractenberg | August 5, 2015 6:30pm 

 Police gave press two videos they said showed men high on K2 - one was from a Cops episode from 2003.
Police gave press two videos they said showed men high on K2 - one was from a Cops episode from 2003.
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NEW YORK CITY — Police have no idea if the two men seen in two separate videos they told the press showed the effects of synthetic marijuana were actually high on the drug, according to a police source.

The recordings — each titled "K2 Video" — were sent to reporters Tuesday following a press conference with Commissioner Bill Bratton about synthetic weed.

The NYPD said that one video was taken in Brooklyn and the other near the city, though they could not say where.

On Wednesday, a police source could not say what drugs the men were on but believed they were high. The videos are used for training officers on how to deal with people acting erratically from drug use.

Each video depicts a naked man behaving erratically — one claws through a fence, another is squatting nude in the middle of the street.

But as soon as they came out their authenticity was immediately called into question.

One of the videos was originally from a 2003 episode of Cops shot in Des Moines, Iowa, Gothamist reported.

The federal government first started tracking synthetic marijuana in 2008 when border control seized a shipment in Dayton, Ohio. Only two kinds of the drug were available in 2009 while by 2012 there were 51 different varieties.

One of the police officers in the video, Lori Lavorato, who retired from the Des Moines force in 2013 and now owns a real estate company, confirmed the video was indeed shot in Iowa.

Lavorato said she did not know what drug the man in the video was on but that officers had assumed it was PCP at the time. 

"I've never seen anybody punch through a fence," Lovrato said. "He was extremely strong. It was quite a sight to see."

The second video appeared on a website in 2011 called Crazy S***.

Once DNAinfo posted the videos on Facebook, readers immediately pointed out the 2006 YouTube video.

UPDATE: The videos associated with this story (seen here) have been removed from our website because their authenticity could not be verified by the NYPD - http://dnain.fo/1Io0P9v

Posted by DNAinfo.com on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DNAinfo has since removed both videos.