Setting up hidden cameras is a great preparation for when cops raid your business.
This is why it’s always smart for businesses to not only have surveillance cameras in plain sight, but also to have hidden cameras. After police had barged in this establishment in California with guns drawn, ordering everyone to the floor and then carting people out, they removed the surveillance cameras.
What they didn’t realize was that there were hidden cameras as well that recorded everything they did. When the police thought they were no longer under surveillance, they can be seen in the shop goofing around, shooting darts, making jokes about a wheelchair-bound amputee customer, and even trying out some of the shop’s marijuana edibles. Now, the police are under investigation. Matthew Sullivan with the Daily Caller writes:
A video of a police raid on a California dispensary was released Friday showing officers “eating marijuana-infused edibles and playing darts.”
The incident was captured by security cameras at Sky High Holistic, a dispensary operating without a permit in Santa Ana. One camera was secretly placed in anticipation for the police raid, according to a report made by KTLA.
Officers entered the shop with guns drawn, instructing customers to the ground before escorting them off of the premises. A disabled woman with an amputated leg was the last to vacate the dispensary.
“I was about to kick her in her fucking nub,” an officer said on camera.
The team then quickly removed surveillance cameras located around the store before smelling and sampling the dispensary’s edible products. Officers are later shown playing darts in the empty store.
Attorney Matthew Pappas, the attorney who released the video and represents Sky High Holistic, states that he fully intends to file a lawsuit against the department, according to the LA Times.
“I’d like to see the police officers disciplined for the behavior that goes on here. I’d like to see the city stop engaging in illegal conduct,” the attorney said.
The Santa Ana Police Department is treating the situation very seriously. In a comment made to ABC7, the department assures the public that the event is under investigation.
“We expect our officers to hold themselves to a certain standard and represent the department and the profession well,” said Santa Ana policeman Chris Revere. “Anytime we get an allegation or an indication that our officers have engaged in misconduct, we want to make sure we conduct a thorough investigation.”
Are police really that concerned about marijuana? If they were truly concerned about the effects of pot, and cracking down on pot users then they wouldn’t barge into a dispensary like this and start munching on hash brownies. I don’t think they really care. Raids like this yield asset forfeitures and arrests. That’s what they’re concerned about mostly.