Cops eat pot? A video allegedly shows Calif. cops eating marijuana edibles, playing darts and ridiculing a one-legged woman. The video, recorded by closed circuit security feed, shows officers from the Santa Ana Police Department conducting a raid last month on a marijuana dispensary, then dismantling video equipment and cameras, evidently unaware that other hidden cameras continued to roll and film their highly questionable antics.
Writes the HuffPost: “Footage of the May 27 raid on the Sky High Holistic dispensary shows officers bust down the door and order everyone to the ground at gunpoint. Marijuana activist Marla James, an amputee who uses a wheelchair, told OC Weekly that she was tipped off to the raid and was there to observe. She’s seen in the clip riding in her wheelchair alongside a female officer and then leaving the room.”
Once the cops clear the room, the jokes start to fly about the disabled activist.
“Did you punch that one-legged old Benita?” one officer is heard asking.
In reply, a female officer, referring to Marla’s amputated leg as a “nub,” says while laughing: “I was about to kick her in her f***ing nub.”
James, after seeing the video, said the footage almost brought her to tears. “You know what, I was really nice to that woman,” James said. “I even complimented her on her hair. I treated that woman with respect and I have no idea why she wanted to kick my stump.”
“When I saw the video it almost made me cry,” she continued. “She doesn’t know what it’s like to not have a leg. I still have phantom pains.”
At the four-minute mark of the edited video, we see multiple officers looking over the pot edibles, smelling them, unwrapping them and even eating some of what the shop had for sale – while asking each other what “flavor” they were eating. Other officers pass the time by playing darts.
James’ attorney, who turned over the video to the Voice of OC, said it’s pretty clear the cops were chowing down on pot brownies and other marijuana infused edibles.
“I believe they are consuming edibles and the behavior exhibited gives every indication that’s what they’d be doing,” attorney Matthew Pappas said.
Police Chief Carlos Rojas said they are taking the video seriously. An internal affairs investigation has begun.
“Definitely there’s behavior, conduct I’m concerned about,” Rojas said, though added that the fact the clip is edited does raise some questions about the context of what is seen.
“I don’t know if that’s [a marijuana] edible. Where did [the officer] get it?” Rojas asked. “Is that a protein bar or an edible?”
Pappas said he intends to file a lawsuit against the city because of the gross mistreatment his client received.
“They intimidated me. They threatened me, they mocked me and then they let us go,” James said. “What they did, it was like shooting fish in a barrel.”
Sky High Holistic was found to be operating without a permit, police said. Still, no one expected these officers to eat the marijuana evidence.