SANTA ANA, Calif. — Police in Southern California raided an unpermitted medical marijuana shop last month, and an attorney for the shop claims hidden cameras show officers eating edibles, playing darts and doing other questionable things.
The Santa Ana Police Department told KTLA that Sky High Holistic was operating its medical marijuana dispensary without a business permit.
Surveillance video shows at least eight officers busting into the shop with guns drawn, shouting “everybody on the ground” to customers and workers.
“I was about to kick her in her f—ing nub,” a female officer later said of a customer with an amputated leg in a wheelchair.
The officers then remove surveillance cameras, and appear to be smelling the merchandise and discussing the flavor of the edibles, to laughter. Video shows several officers appearing to break off pieces of the edibles and consuming them. Several other officers play darts.
The edited video was given to the media by attorney Matthew Pappas, who said he plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of Marla James, the patient with the amputated leg, alleging gross mistreatment by officers during the raid.
“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,” Pappas said.
“We’re obviously concerned about the conduct that we saw in the edited video,” Santa Ana Cmdr. Chris Revere said. “We’re also concerned that the video was heavily edited. We’d like to see the original video in its unedited version.”AlertMe