Back in June, police were caught on surveillance camera stealing the merchandise and playing darts at a marijuana dispensary they raided. The medical marijuana dispensary “Sky High” was raided by Santa Police with a warrant.
The disrespect started with how they broke into the dispensary and started destroying everything unnecessarily. We even see them on camera making fun of a handicap women in a wheelchair. One officer asked another “Did you punch that one-legged old Benita,”
Her response was, “I was about to kick her in her f—ing nub,”.
The cameras captured the officers making profane jokes to one another while they played darts and tested out the merchandise in the store.
In part of the video,it seems one of the police officers is taking a sample of a marijuana edible while he is on duty, he even goes to the extent to let his fellow officer know that he approves of it.
After this video was released, it went super viral and exposed these abusive and corrupt officers for their actions. Following the video’s release, the Santa Ana police department launched an internal investigation. As expected the investigation did not accomplish much.
According to the OC Register,
A lawsuit, filed last week in Orange County Superior Court by three unidentified police officers and the Santa Ana Police Officers Association, seeks to prevent Santa Ana Police Department internal affairs investigators from using the video as they sort out what happened during the May 26 raid of Sky High Collective.
Lawyers for police and the dispensary said the video – which has been widely seen on television and several online news sites, including ocregister.com – could play a key role in the ongoing investigation into the officers’ actions.
There is nothing illegal about setting up surveillance cameras in your own place of business on your own property. These officers are merely throwing a temper tantrum after being caught red-handed.
“It’s pretty pathetic for police to say if we don’t like something that it can’t be used as evidence,” Matthew Pappas, a lawyer for Sky High, pointed out.
To make the situation even worst once the cops realized they were being filmed they are seen dismantling all the cameras they could. On top of that their lawyer is arguing that because the officers failed to destroy the other camera, it is inadmissible as the dispensary did not have consent to film them.
“All police personnel present had a reasonable expectation that their conversations were no longer being recorded and the undercover officers, feeling that they were safe to do so, removed their masks,” says the suit.
Ironically, the suit goes on to say how the video evidence is the only piece of evidence linking the corrupt cops to their crimes.
“Without the illegal recordings, there would have been no internal investigation of any officer,” the suit says.
Of course there wouldn’t be an internal investigation if the video didn’t exist as the video is what shows the cops committing crimes. Also, if there were no video, it would be the owner’s word against the cops’ word, and we all know how that one plays out.
What if the people on video stealing products were regular citizens and not cops. Would they still be questioning the “legality” of the surveillance footage, and they would have been arrested.
What do you guys think, should they be punished for their actions and stealing property? How would you guys punish them?