Police Raid California Pot Shop, Then Get High

by | June 12, 2015 AT 6:00 PM

By Veronica Rocha

A video that appears to show a Santa Ana, Calif., police officer eating a pot-laced edible after raiding a pot shop has prompted a police investigation.

The pot shop's surveillance video, released to reporters by attorney Matthew Pappas, shows Santa Ana police officers entering Sky High Holistic, a marijuana dispensary, and forcing patrons to the ground as they raid the facility. At some point, officers appear to be removing security cameras and playing darts.

An officer examines what appears to be an edible. Then he tosses it into his mouth and flashes a thumbs-up gesture.

The dispensary's manager, Marla James, an amputee who uses a wheelchair, told KTBC-TV reporters that she was victimized and intimidated by police. The video shows a female officer saying, "I was about to kick her in her (expletive) nub."

Santa Ana police Cmdr. Chris Revere told KTBC-TV the video was heavily edited, so it's not clear what actually happened inside the dispensary. He said it's hard to determine whether the officer was actually consuming an edible.

But Pappas told KTBC-TV that he and James plan to file a lawsuit next week.

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