Mission, TX — Sgt. Manuel Casas has been suspended with pay following the publication on social media of several videos displaying the Mission, Texas police officer in a hotbox with another man who was reportedly holding a bag of weed, and drinking alcohol inside a vehicle. Casas, who is known as an anti-drug cop, didn’t seem to mind as he apparently was getting a contact high in the process.
While jamming out to “Kobe” by Chief Keef, the two men are pictured together, with the unidentified young man holding up what appears to be a bag of marijuana. The man in the car with him also brags about drinking codeine.
The captions to the video claimed Casas was high and drunk but those reports are unconfirmed at this time.
Mission Chief of Police Robert Dominguez issued the following statement to the press;
The Mission Police Department is following civil service law in addressing this particular case and affording the city of Mission employee due process under the law.”
When officers do find themselves the subject of an investigation, as TFTP has reported on several occasions, the very ones doing the investigation are their fellow officers. The obvious conflict of interest is standard practice at many police departments across the U.S. and very rarely results in charges being brought against the officer. Rarer still, when charges are brought against the offending officer, few are severely punished. Most get off without any charges.
As TFTP reported last week, a Texas officer, who was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old middle schooler in a girls bathroom on campus, got off with probation. Casas’ suspension will likely follow such a path, which will probably lead to his reinstatement on the Mission Police force as a member in good standing.
While we at The Free Thought Project advocate for the legalization of drugs, so the war on drugs will be over, we cannot help but notice the obvious hypocrisy in Casas’ actions.
We interview citizens all the time who get charged with Driving Under the Influence, who are doing exactly what the two men pictured in the video are doing, drinking alcohol inside a vehicle with the key in the ignition. Those individuals go on to describe the hell on earth they live through trying to get their names cleared, their license renewed, and their ability to drive restored.
We would actually applaud Sgt. Casas if his actions were taken to support his objections to the War on Drugs, or in solidarity to the legalization of marijuana across the country, but we doubt that is the case.
This video should come as no surprise considering the fact that just five years ago, the Mission police department was raided by the FBI for corruption within their narcotics unit.
During that raid, multiple Mission police officers were arrested. Apparently they left one behind.
More than likely, Casas got caught on camera doing the very things he routinely locks up citizens for. If that’s the case, we hope he suffers the same miserable fate the Police State imposes on others who are intoxicated on the job, who chose to smoke marijuana when their employers say they aren’t allowed to do so, and whose lives are turned upside down as a result.
It’s important to note the first Texas Medical Marijuana dispensary licenses will not be issued until June of 2017, following last year’s vote to legalize medical marijuana across the state. As such, Casas had a sworn duty to arrest the offender he’s seen pictured with in the video.