A biannual report issued by the Seattle Police Department last week revealed that a single police officer is responsible for 80% of the city’s marijuana arrests in the first half of 2014. This anonymous officer’s nefarious activities were reported to Seattle’s Office of Professional Accountability.
Now, thanks to his pot-prejudice, the officer will be banned from patrol duties while an internal investigation takes place.
All told, the officer accounted for a devilish 66 of 83 marijuana citations issued prior to Seattle’s first dispensaries opening on July 8th.
Moreover, this unnamed officer purportedly took great pleasure in issuing these tickets. Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole reports that, in one instance, “the officer indicated he flipped a coin when contemplating which subject to cite.”
(Who is this guy, the Javier Bardem of marijuana?)
In another instance, this overzealous officer referred to Washington’s newfound Marijuana laws as “silly.”
Below this officer’s comically cavalier attitude toward marijuana arrests lies an ugly truth: racism. 36 percent of the tickets issued were to African Americans, a demographic that makes up only eight percent of Seattle’s population.
The SDP acknowledged the African American community’s disproportionate representation in these statistics and assured journalists that the intention of the report was to improve oversight and to locate “anomalies and outliers” in the city’s marijuana enforcement.
The officer’s racism and prejudice against marijuana is no laughing matter, and proof that while America continues to progress and legalize cannabis, the movement’s detractors still very much exist.
What is a laughing matter, however, is the the stranger than fiction plot lines emerging from Colorado and Washington post-legalization. What once seemed like SNL skits now happen on a weekly basis, and serve to illustrate the changing of America’s times.
From bomb squads called in for “mysterious” pot-laden packages to jails turning into massive grows, this is the future. And we’re damn proud to be apart of it.