Many of you may remember the viral video of Santa Ana, California police officers raiding a medical marijuana dispensary, destroying cameras, bullying employees and patients and stealing/consuming cannabis edibles while laughing about the whole thing. Those same officers have since been charged with several crimes, and now they have officially been fired from the Santa Ana Police Department.
Brandon Matthew Sontag, Nicole Lynn Quijas and Jorge Arroyo have all been fired by the SAPD, their careers ending a couple of months ago. Although the officers thought they had disabled all of the cameras, giving them free reign in the dispensary, some cameras were still functional. The officers were caught on tape eating edibles and joking about kicking a marijuana activist who is an amputee in her “nub.”
If convicted of the charges that are still pending, the officers could serve up to a year in prison each.
Of course all of this has to make one wonder what happens during raids when all of the cameras are disabled. Why disable the cameras in the first place unless you were planning on doing something you don’t want people to see? In fact, working cameras would protect innocent police officers from false allegations leveled by those inside, would they not?
We would all like to think that cases like this will cause officers to act more proper when encountering those in the cannabis industry, but it may just make them more thorough in their camera-destroying.
The dispensary in question, Sky High Holistic, has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the city.
One day there will be no such thing as raids on cannabis businesses just like you never hear of raids in Wal-Mart or McDonalds. But we still have a way to go before that day comes.