US cops raid marijuana shop, 'eat products' and joke about kicking disabled employee
Hidden camera appeared to catch police officers eating marijuana-laced edibles, playing darts and disabling cameras
Video has emerged of police raiding an unlicensed marijuana shop in California and then apparently eating marijuana-laced 'edibles', playing darts, disabling cameras and joking about kicking an amputee.
Several Santa Ana police officers are being investigated after they were caught on a hidden camera, late last month, raiding the Sky High Collective.
Officers can be seen storming the shop, some wearing balaclavas, and telling everyone to get on the ground.
When the room is cleared of customers and employees, one female officer jokes about kicking store manager Marla James, a wheelchair-bound leg amputee, in the 'nub'.
"Did you punch that one-legged old Benita?" one officer says. "I was about to kick her in her f**king nub," the officer replies.
Ms James, who is legally blind, told KTLA-TV: "How can I respect someone like that? It just makes your stomach turn – maybe she doesn’t know what it’s like to have an amputation I don’t know what was going through her head, but man that was so disrespectful."
The officers then proceed to disable the visible CCTV cameras, with one using a crowbar to take out a DVR machine, but miss the hidden cameras. It then appears that officers smell some of the merchandise and eat it before going on to play darts.
The video ends with one of the officers appearing to say: "Fires' here watch your mouths".
The Santa Ana Police Department has started an internal investigation.
"Obviously, we’re concerned about what we saw in this edited video. Anytime we get an allegation or indication that our officers might be engaged in misconduct, we want to make sure we conduct a thorough administrative investigation,” City of Santa Ana Police Commander Chris Revere told KTLA.
"We expect our officers to hold themselves to a certain standard and represent the department and the profession well. If that wasn’t done in this case, it’s certainly something that, as part of the administrative investigation, the chief will make the appropriate disciplinary recommendation if it’s warranted."
Attorney Matthew Pappa is representing Ms James said he plans to file a lawsuit against the city of Santa Ana on allegations of officer misconduct.