Dumb Cop Steals Pot In Full View Of Two State Senators
Many of us have harbored the suspicion that police officers who seize weed pocket the stuff and smoke it at home. Now, from Missouri, comes confirmation.
Two St. Louis cops are facing questions after dashboard camera footage showed one of them confiscating a small bag of what appeared to be marijuana during a February 15 traffic stop — and the bag never made it to the evidence locker, reports KMOX.
What’s worse — much worse — is that not only did the dashboard camera record what happened, but, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, two state senators were riding along as observers in the patrol car, department officials said Tuesday.
Senators Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) and Maria Chapelle-Nadal (D-University City) were with the officers in north St. Louis when the traffic stop occurred. Chapelle-Nadal was researching a firearms-related bill she’s sponsoring. Both women told a reporter they “did not think” the officers did “anything wrong.”
Police Chief Sam Dotson, too, claims he doesn’t believe there was any wrongdoing. Hell, maybe ol’ Sam got to smoke some of the stuff.
“I have no reason to believe the officer kept the marijuana for personal use,” Chief Dotson claimed. “I have no reason to believe they kept it for sale.”
“They had an obligation to follow our department policies and follow that through the chain of custody to make sure it’s conveyed to our laboratory,” the chief said, glossing over the fact that they didn’t fucking do any such thing.
A female officer can be seen on video taking a small amount of marijuana from the suspect’s pocket and putting it into her own pocket before she and her partner let the suspect go, Chief Dotson admits.
Police officials still don’t know what happened to the marijuana — the officer never entered it into evidence, Dotson said.After the officers returned to the car, Nasheed can be heard on the audio recording accusing the officer of stealing the weed from the suspect, Dotson admitted. The officer then “explains herself.”
“The officer talks about having discretion and that, ‘We’re focused on violence and identifying individuals with guns committing crimes, and this man had a little amount of marijuana and minor warrants and did not have a significant history of violence.’ So she made a value judgment,” Dotson said.
Hmm… nice gig, when a “value judgment” can put free weed in your pocket!
The officers haven’t been suspended — in fact, they’re still on the job and getting paid — but “could face disciplinary actions” in the coming days. The investigation, is, as oink-oinks are so fond of doing, being “handled internally.”
Police will talk with the circuit attorney’s office to determine whether criminal charges will be filed. The internal affairs charges against the officers are conduct unbecoming an officer, failure to act and improper handling of evidence.
The department protected the dirty cops, I mean wouldn’t release the names of the officers involved, citing the coverup, I mean the “ongoing internal investigation.” One is a 27-year-old female, with two years of service; the other is a male, 28, with three years.
Both remain on full duty and full pay.