The Santa Ana Police Department has gone viral — but unfortunately for them, this video does not shine a kind light on several of their employees.
A video is making the rounds that shows the Santa Ana Police Department conducting a raid on an unlicensed dispensary. SWAT gear and guns drawn, police enter the building, forcing patrons to hit the ground. Raids like these are not uncommon, especially in Southern California where an all out war is being raged against a simply endless list of unlicensed and unwanted pot shops.
The story should have ended there. A quick "Job well done," and on to the next violator. However by the end of this farce (I mean raid), officers had threatened the handicapped, taken a time out to play darts, and finished up the search warrant by eating some marijuana-infused edibles. By the way, did I mention this was all caught on video?
Back in February, Sky High Holistic was sent a cease-and-desist order for operating in the city illegally. The dispensary ignored the order and remained open. The raid was the end result of a lack of compliance to that order.
Things took a turn for the bizarre early on, as evidently the officers did not get along well with the dispensary's manager, Marla James, who is also an amputee and uses a wheelchair.
The video shows an officer asking another female officer, “Did you punch that one-legged guerita?”
The female officer replies, “I was about to kick her in her nub.”
Later, officers can be seen just hanging, out playing darts and eventually, an officer examines what appears to be an edible. On the video, he tosses it into his mouth and flashes a thumbs-up gesture.
Last Friday, Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas addressed the video and the allegations against his officers.
"We're here to provide public safety services to the community with professionalism and integrity, and that hasn't changed," he said. Rojas said an internal investigation is underway.
In an attempt to explain away the 'edible incident', Rojas said it’s not uncommon for officers to eat their own snacks while they are at the scene of a lengthy investigation, but he said the officers will be tested for drugs.