Surveillance footage captured and released by a medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana, California shows a raid by city police in which one officer appears to eat a marijuana edible after another makes fun of an elderly amputee woman.
The footage, released Thursday by the Sky High Collective who installed cameras after similar raids in the area, shows officers busting down the door and screaming “Get down on the f*ucking ground.”
Customers begin laying down before officers are seen boxing up evidence and escorting them out the door.
One officer can be heard asking another, “Did you punch that one-legged old benita?”
“I was about to kick her in her f*cking nub,” the woman responds, in reference to Marla James, a local marijuana activist and wheelchair bound amputee who was present during the raid.
“You know what, I was really nice to that woman,” James said of the officer. “I even complimented her on her hair. I treated that woman with respect and I have no idea why she wanted to kick my stump.”
The cameras had been secretly installed by the facility’s owners, who were expecting to be raided after Sky High failed to qualify for a lottery held earlier this year that granted 20 local dispensaries permission to operate within the city.
James and her husband said they were at the dispensary because they had been informed by their attorney, David Pappas, about the raid. Pappas said he was tipped off by City Attorney Sonia Carvalho.
“We were there to make sure that the employees did not offer resistance,” James said. “We had trained them what to do, which was not to talk and do exactly what the police told them to do.”
The footage also shows the officers rowdily playing darts and appearing to disable the security cameras.
In reference to the edible consumed by the unidentified officer in the video, Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas said, “I don’t know if [it was marijuana.] Where did [the officer] get it?”
Police say they are investigating the incident and are “obviously concerned about the conduct that we saw in the video.”
The dispensary owners say they plan to take legal action against the city and believe the raid was politically motivated.
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