Racist Cop Reassigned After Making 80% of Seattle’s Marijuana Arrests

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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.

[The Huffington Post]

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Los Angeles born, Chicago bred and living in New York City, marijuana has been near and dear to Jay's heart for as long as he can remember. In the past Jay has worked with Heeb Magazine, The Second City Chicago and as a line cook in one of Martha's Vineyard's finest farm-to-table restaurants.

3 Comments

  1. Patrick Scott on

    What are the demographics of the specific area of Seattle the officer was assigned to? Any other criteria is childish and irrelevant.

  2. If he was issuing citations then people were breaking the law. Unless a lot of them were thrown out as baseless, but then I would expect the author to gleefully mention that in the article.
    As far as the demographics of the violators he was catching more investigating needs to be done. If they match or closely match the demographics of his assigned patrol area then that’s not his fault. If it doesn’t then is he only going after minorities? If he pulls over 50 people in 1 weeks, 45 are white and 5 is some minority is he only searching the minorities or is he only finding stuff to cite them for dispropertionately for some other reason? Is the author suggesting that officers should ignore crimes or should only patrol areas who’s demographics match that of the city as a whole? Some cops gleefully take drunk drivers and woman beaters to jail, granted, I doubt they would flip a coin to see if they should, but if a cop gets off on writing marijuana citations then oh well, if it’s against the law then it’s in his job description to do so.

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