Troy, OH — It is a sad fact that in many states — in the land of the free — police still use taxpayer resources to hunt down, kidnap, and even kill people for attempting to sell a plant to willing customers that has never killed anyone, ever. Illustrating the insanity of the drug war, cops in Troy, Ohio, who appear to be addicted to waging a war on this plant, recently spent taxpayer dollars to bust a man they thought was selling weed, but who actually sold them flowers because he knew the cop was undercover.
A video was uploaded to YouTube recently which was taken by a man who knew he was being set up. In the video, a man in a red hoodie is waiting in the parking lot of a park in an apparent attempt to buy some marijuana.
The unidentified man who took the video knows the man in the red hoodie is likely a cop and so he's brought a bag of entirely legal flower buds in and makes the epic decision to film the interaction.
From the start, the officer in the hoodie looks suspect. He keeps asking to see the marijuana and acts as if he is in dire need of it, as if he's addicted.
"I just really need some f**kin' bud," the alleged undercover officer says as if he's buying heroin. "Alright, give it here."
The alleged officer then buys a bag which he clearly has no idea of what's in it. This was a dead giveaway that he was undercover, so the man filming asks him.
"You're an undercover cop aren't you?"
Hilariously, the alleged officer slips up and says 'yes' before denying it.
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"Yeah...No," the officer says.
It is a largely believed myth that undercover officers must identify themselves when asked. However, this is not true. Police officers in plainclothes must identify themselves when using their police powers; however, they are not required to identify themselves on demand and may lie about their status as a police officer.
After the transaction is over, the man filming tells the alleged undercover cop that he just bought a bag of flower buds for ten dollars. He then gets back in his car to leave.
Before he can leave, however, he is swarmed by cops who hold him at gunpoint.
"Let me see your hands!" the cops scream as they point guns at this man. Even if he would have been selling actual marijuana, the level of force used by these cops with their guns drawn is asinine considering they were trying to arrest a person for selling $10 worth of a plant that is legal in some form in well over half the country.
As the cops hold the seemingly innocent man at gunpoint, one of them rips the camera from his hand and the video ends. Luckily, the video survived and serves as a brutal reminder of just how silly and violent the war on weed actually is.
Below is a video showing the utter insanity of enforcing a war on a plant that has never killed anyone. As TFTP has noted time and again, the only dangerous aspect about marijuana is the cops who keep it illegal.