Santa Ana, CA — Last month, police raided a marijuana dispensary and were caught on a hidden camera stealing the merchandise and playing darts. Police entered the “Sky High” dispensary in riot gear with guns drawn and were extremely disrespectful to the owners of the property.
One of the occupants was handicapped and blind, and the officers were making jokes about her disability, and suggesting to one another that they should have assaulted her.
“I was about to kick her in her f—ing nub,” one officer can be heard saying in the video after the police were in the building alone.
Once the police were alone, they began removing the surveillance cameras from the room so their activities wouldn’t be caught on video. However, the owners of the shop were expecting the raid and had hidden cameras installed, which the police did not see.
The hidden cameras captured the officers making profane jokes to one another while they played darts and tested out the merchandise in the store. In one part of the video, an officer can be seen taking a big bite out of what appears to be a marijuana edible, before he shakes his head in satisfaction and gives the other officers a “thumbs up.”
“I’d like to see the police officers disciplined for the behavior that goes on here. I’d like to see the city stop engaging in illegal conduct,” Long Beach-based attorney Matthew Pappas said.
Pappas is representing the disabled woman from the shop who is filing a lawsuit against the police. The police department has only said that they will be conducting an internal investigation, but they have offered no other details about the case to the public.
“We’re obviously concerned about the conduct that we saw in the edited video. We’re also concerned that the video was heavily edited. We’d like to see the original video in its unedited version,” police Cmdr. Chris Revere told KTLA.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.