“I felt 300 pounds on my neck,” Brooks told reporters at NBC Los Angeles. Brooks, a volunteer employee at THC Downtown Collective, a Long Beach, CA medical marijuana dispensary, was arrested June 19 during a police raid of the pot shop. Footage from the dispensary’s security camera reveals a brutal bust, including cops walking on Brooks’ back and standing on his neck, while officers prepare to handcuff the suspect. “I just felt violated and disrespected,” said the 28-year-old volunteer, one of five arrested in the raid. “We got beat up and arrested for a citation that’s equivalent to someone jaywalking.”
Even less surprising is the fact that the officers also destroyed the surveillance equipment. Tell me, why would an officer do that? My immediate guess is to steal pot without evidence against him for own personal use. There’s only one reason cops destroy surveillance equipment and that is to make sure they’re not recorded when they’re breaking the law.
Overall this is nothing more than state level cronyism when you see the following:
Although police admit the dispensary was compliant with California state law, Long Beach PD said the raid was ordered because the store was operating without a city permit. The attorney for Dorian Brooks, however, argued that the city of Long Beach denied owners a permit, and makes it increasingly difficult for dispensaries like THC Downtown Collective to get one.
State Sponsored Criminal #381:
Because honest up right cops just don’t like being recorded right? I mean they’re honest so they don’t need to be recorded, they’re just doing their job right?
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