Cops Raid Marijuana Dispensary In Order To Play Darts, Sample Edibles And Offer To Kick Amputee Owner 'In The Nub'

from the LOL,-CIVILIANS dept

If we accept the premise that law enforcement and intelligence agencies encroach on personal freedoms and rights in "the public interest" -- i.e., to ensure the safety of non-criminals -- then we have to ask ourselves how this raid of a medical marijuana dispensary fits into this thought process. [via CJ Ciaramella]

Santa Ana (CA) cops raided a pot dispensary -- not because the items for sale were illegal under local laws -- but simply because it was unlicensed. Sure, having the proper paperwork in place is important, but this dispensary was in line to receive authorization from the city -- a process delayed by the locality's faulty licensing "lottery" system, which was gamed by businesses who "stuffed" the selection box by purchasing multiple bids.

The PD performing the raid treated this lack of proper paperwork like it was the Zeta Cartel operating under its nose. The video captured by the dispensary's cameras shows heavily-armed cops -- some wearing ski masks -- smashing through two doors and yelling at the peaceably-assembled customers to lie on the floor. Then -- somehow -- it gets worse.

The cops tear the place apart, strip cameras from the walls and yank the DVR off the shelf in the back room. They play darts, sample the presumably-cannabis-laced goods, and otherwise fuck around. Why? Because there is absolutely no danger present, despite the use of ski masks, weapons and tactical gear. This is "public safety" being ensured by a raid on a sitting duck that threatened no harm to the surrounding community. The final result of all this noise and damage? Tickets for violating a city ordinance.

But despite their expertise, the cops missed a couple of cameras. And that's going to hurt them. Especially when one female cop is caught on camera disparaging one of the owners -- an amputee confined to a wheelchair -- by stating she wanted to kick her in the "nub." (Enjoy the first few seconds of this video, where a cop attempts to break down a set of metal PULL doors by hammering them in the wrong direction with his ram.)

The police department has responded to the recording that got away with nonsensical claims that the released footage is "non-chronological" and "edited." I can't even imagine what the full footage shows, other than there being a bit more breathing room between unprofessional actions and misconduct on the part of the raiding officers.

This is the charade of drug enforcement: cops raiding a dispensary for code violations, rather than its potential ability to diminish the safety of other Santa Ana residents. And doing it in full battle gear, as though it expected a hail of gunfire in response to its backdoor-smashing entry. The entire incident is pathetic, bordering on nauseating: a pointless, vulgar display of power that wreaked havoc on a local business simply in order to issue two citations.

Filed Under: california, marijuana, paperwork, police, raid, santa ana

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    GEMont, 18 Jun 2015 @ 12:58pm

    Fascism 101 - death throes of a city

    " The entire incident is pathetic, bordering on nauseating: a pointless, vulgar display of power that wreaked havoc on a local business simply in order to issue two citations. "

    Minor correction here.

    " The entire incident is pathetic, bordering on nauseating: a pointless, vulgar display of power that wreaked havoc on a local business simply in order to send a warning message to all such legal businesses, that the Police disagree with the law and will be taking the law into their own hands in future, so get out of town now before we kill you and your customers. "

    The two citations were purely for paperwork sake, to try and make the assault and vandalism that makes up such a "shot across the bow" warning message, appear to be real police work and of course, to "rationalize" the expenses for the Raid that the tax-payers will cover.

    None of the police officers who participated in this violent act of vandalism will be reprimanded for their crimes, as the assault was approved of and conceived at the highest levels of that city's government and very likely included a federal "go ahead".

    In fact, the assault may have simply been the standard forerunner of a very old criminal enterprise - the protection racket. The next Police visit to the clinic would have been to pick up the monthly "insurance" payment that would prevent future assaults.

    In a police state, career criminals are business partners, free-lance crooks are the competition, honest citizens are the victims and the law is the means of legal exploitation.

    A Cannabis Clinic represents a huge loss to the lawyers, doctors, judges, CEOs and politicians, who have invested large sums of money in the lucrative businesses of production, distribution and sales of illegal cannabis, and the police, in a police state, work for these wealthy investors and thus need to help protect their interests.


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