Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes announced yesterday that he will seek dismissal of all tickets issued for public consumption of marijuana in the first seven months of the year, since 80% of them were written by a weed-hating cop with a personal vendetta against Washington’s legalization laws—and the city attorney himself.
Since Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana in the beginning of the year, Bike Cop Randy Jokela took it upon himself to keep prohibition alive. While Seattle police officers were trained to give verbal warnings for public use first and write the $27 citation second, Jokela chose to ignore his superiors, his training, and the laws themselves by actively seeking out smokers to ticket.
But he didn’t just write tickets to first time offenders (37% of which were black and half of which were homeless)—he wrote tickets like an asshole.
Multiple times Jokela would toy with the “offenders,” asking them to choose heads or tails while he flipped a coin to see if he would fine them or not. He didn’t even try to hide this, as he catalogued it in his ticketing reports next to his consistent signing off note taunting City Attorney Pete Holmes—who actively supported the legalization of marijuana—with “*ATTN: PETEY HOLMES*”. See, this guy was just a dick.
Here’s an example of one of Jokela’s tickets: D was sitting on a ledge in the middle of Occidental Park. D was sitting next to another male + both were smoking marijuana out of a blue colored glass pipes. D lost the coin flip, so he got the ticket while the other person walked. D was allowed to keep his pipe. *ATTN: PETEY HOLMES*
Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has asked the city to dismiss all tickets written by Jokela since “the tickets were issued for the wrong reasons.” While it is refreshing to see a police chief admit wrongdoing in one of her officers instead of defending him tooth and nail, right or wrong be damned, Holmes is asking for more. He wants all citations dismissed, whether they were issued by Jokela or not, arguing that since the system was so obviously corrupted by this one officer, a clean start is in order to be fair to all citizens fined during Jokela’s reign of ticket terror.
"The police don't write the laws. They enforce the laws," Holmes said at the hearing. "You can't be a legislator out on the street."
Batman be damned, we can't help but agree.