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One Seattle Officer Responsible For 80% Of Marijuana Citations


cops law enforcement special needs students entrapmentPolice officers are in a very powerful position. They are supposed to carry out their work duties without bias. However, all to often police officers infuse their own personal political beliefs into their job. This is especially true when it comes to marijuana. An officer that doesn’t like marijuana can wreak havoc on a community by busting everyone they desire, even in states like Washington where possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is now legal. Marijuana consumption in public is still illegal in Seattle, which is something that one officer is using to their advantage. Per SPD Blotter:

When reviewing data captured for this report, SPD staff discovered that 66 of 83, or approximately 80%, of marijuana tickets were issued by one officer.  In some instances, the officer added notes to the tickets. Some notes requested the attention of City Attorney Peter Holmes and were addressed to “Petey Holmes.”  In another instance, the officer indicated he flipped a coin when contemplating which subject to cite.  In another note, the officer refers to Washington’s voter-enacted changes to marijuana laws as “silly.”

The officer’s actions have been reported to OPA and he will not perform patrol duties during the course of the investigation.

I get the fact that consuming marijuana in public is still illegal in Seattle. But it’s something that should carry a warning, not a fine, and enforcement should be consistent. One officer should not be able to take it upon themselves to pick and choose who they want to bust. This officer’s actions are descriminatory, considering that an earlier report showed that 32% of people cited were African American, even though African Americans only make up 8% of Seattle’s population. Taking this officer off of patrol duties is not enough – they need to fire this officer to make things right and send a message to other rogue officers that these actions are not OK.


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  1. Cops like him that uphold the law should be given a medal and according to people on the street that know him he is a great guy who looks the other way plenty of times but there always comes a point a cop needs to be a cop because some people just won’t listen until they get fined or arrested,

  2. concernedparentandtaxpayer on

    Just one more reasons for all of us to start doing unto others as we would have them do unto us. None of us would want our kids put in jail over a little marijuana. None of us would want the police to confiscate and sell our parents’ home because they grew a couple of plants to help with the aches and pains of growing old. Let’s start treating other people the way we would want to be treated.

  3. Officer Randy Jokela, according to the Seattle Times. seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024203376_potofficerxml.html

  4. tiredofcrybabybullshit on

    Thank you reefer… integrity does come in all races. And unfortunately so does racism, of course no one admits it but it doesn’t change the reality of their words and actions.

  5. I’m ashamed to admit 1984 is still on my recreational reading list, but I think I’m going to enjoy it.

  6. Captain Obvious on

    Great discussion! I would like to add some quotes:

    “War is peace.
    Freedom is slavery.
    Ignorance is strength.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    “In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    “We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    “Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

  7. So, who is the COP that is doing this. I quickly looked but could not find the guys name. Call the ass for what he is, exposing the truth!

    Whats his name…

  8. Wow. Uh, ya — no. Implying that any/all black men who say/believe something *different* than what “tiredofcrybabybullshit” said above LACK integrity… Yup, it’s very clear to me who the racists are, here.

    Sorry, but I’ll shed ZERO tears over the hyped scourge of “reverse racism.” I’m sure all the white folks involved in THAT ploy thought everyone would buy it — you know, except for anybody who has actually experienced REAL racism. I have neighbors for whom segregation was something they experienced — they didn’t read about it afterwards. Anyone who is ridiculous enough to suggest that so-called “reverse racism” exists, well… They (you) have my pity.

    Do yourself a favor, and don’t ever try to make friends with any black people. It’s obvious you don’t have any black friends, so I think I should give you fair warning that your, ehem, “opinions” will get you punched in the face. Not everybody is as polite as I am.

  9. It’s funny you should talk about the importance of language giving us a medium with which to express abstract ideas right before you mention “freedom” — it’s always bothered me how that word gets tossed around so much.

    When I use a word and you use the same word conversationally, the unspoken assumption we both make is that we’re talking about the *same* concept. However, what’s in my head when I use the word and what’s in your head when you do so are definitely not 100% overlapping. When I consider the concept of something simple, like a bird or fruit, odds are very good that your concepts would not match mine, perfectly — but they’re similar enough that we can communicate effectively with little difficulty, despite the fact that I’m picturing a cardinal and apples, while you might be picturing a blue jay and oranges. Thankfully, those concepts overlap enough that we get through conversations about birds and fruit, usually without stumbling on any of the finer details. And yes, there’s always that ONE guy who just HAS to picture penguins and tomatoes to avoid being too conceptually “main stream.”

    So it *really* chaps my hide when huge swaths of the population all jump behind a catch-phrase or even a single word like “freedom” that refers to something abstract. With birds and fruit, I can always resort to a visual aid to put us both on the same page, conceptually. But with “freedom”? All we have available to us to get each other on the same conceptual page are *more words*… I’m starting to realize why my comments are longer than stereo instructions, most of the time — I hate conceptual ambiguity.

    I hate it because there are far too many people who *deliberately* hedge political campaigns and other important issues on linguistic ambiguities that are barely allowed by the denotative definition of a word, like telling people they can “overdose” on cannabis because the loosest acceptable definition allows for it to mean “too much for comfort” instead of the socially common denotative meaning of “overdose,” which is “too much to survive — a toxic, fatal dose.”

    It’s garbage like that which allows idiots to say climate change is a hoax because it still snows in the winter. Diabolical wordsmiths play upon the fundamental flaw of human language to manipulate and deceive people, and they have the audacity to label what they do as “messaging.” It’s outrageous and I’m fed-up with it. It’s why nobody listens to scientists or experts, anymore — too many morons would rather listen to talk radio and television pundits to filter and spoon-feed their concepts to them, one imperfect (and often deliberately misleading) word at a time.

    It probably gets under my skin so much because it’s not about truth to those people, it’s about FUN. It’s *popular* to deny climate change. It’s *popular* to demand the President’s birth certificate. It’s *popular* to yell “freedom” without ever discussing what it means. It’s part of their social structure, as if they’re rooting for a football team! Every time I witness a birther or a climate change denier, they always have this strange air of smug satisfaction — they *like* it. They clearly enjoy spreading dumbed-down, context-free misinformation — oh boy do they enjoy themselves. I just don’t know why. I’ll never understand how anyone in their right mind could be happy wallowing in their own ignorance, let alone how they are overjoyed spreading it around.

    I really am sorry for making this such a long reply, but you’re the first person in a very long time to peak my interest in a positive way. Usually, I’m just stomping on trolls. So thanks. I was in dire need of a solid philosophical discussion, despite the tangents I went on.

  10. apparantly black people stand out to an anti marijuana cop, yrs ago marijuna was made illegal on the basis it was used by mexicans and jazz musicions (black) to rid the world of an alternate energy source, paper source,none pharmacia medicine,a food source and cloathing source,k that would compete with corperate interests

  11. Captain Obvious on

    It really doesnt help that most college programs have substitutes for math classes. Many people high on linguistic functions often lack essential logic to analyze abstractions and have been in office for some time. AND/OR they regard math in an intellectually sloth like way which is easy to do because it requires work and proper teaching. Though, I agree that it isn’t for everyone, and I don’t mean to be disparaging. Linguistic functions obviously gave us a communication medium to express abstract emotion. It was both that and people that could do the math that led to Freedom in 1776 for some in the world.

  12. He didn’t say that. For all you know he might just be a black man with some integrity about not making everything racial. “Only white people say stupid things like this” (gee wonder who the racist here is)

  13. I’m in Seattle, nothing new here, but this cat had better wake up and realize the people have already spoken and whatever his personal hang-ups he has are irrelevant. I can hop online right now here at seattle.janeslist.org and get anything I want delivered to my front door, and there are many more too believe me.

    That being said though these were mostly vagrants and bums, and exactly how far would you expect me to get staggering down the street with a bottle of jack in my hand in a school zone….exactly, time and place people, we do have laws this isn’t Animal House.

  14. Yes, most people are inept at basic math, these days. They start with the answers that make themselves FEEL better, and work their way backwards to the justifications. I’ve seen some genuinely bizarre mathematical contortionism to justify some pretty aweful “truths” in my lifetime.

    Seattle’s population is only 8% black — you really have to try HARD for black people to account for 32% of whatever you’re doing. I’m fairly sure anyone who makes an issue out of their citation can have it thrown out, provided they got it from *this* particular cop.

  15. Captain Obvious on

    Couldn’t this be enough evidence for a discrimination claim against this officer’s actions? OR is everyone inept from doing basic math these days?

  16. flowerfarmer on

    I believe it has a lot to do with a person’s socioeconomic status. The poor get the harshest penalties but I can’t disregard the cultural aspects as well.

  17. First they won’t fire him, he’ll problely get a medal. Cops like that give good cops bad name. Good cops are the ones that do not go out of there way to pick on some petty bull shit ticket. They are the ones who go after murders, rapist, b&e artist. The ones that believe it is nothing personal. They do there job with out being a jack ass. Now if a person treats a cop with disregard than you get what you deserve. Personaly all bad cops should be fired.

  18. There’s another poll on Bill Oriely.com if any one is interested in voting go to his home page then polling center then you can vote.

  19. “If any race is prone to get caught doing this it may be related to lifestyle or culture”

    That’s precisely the interpretation racist cops want people to reach for when we learn about racial disparity in how our laws are enforced. It’s not “crybabybullshit” to recognize reality, but we do appreciate your mature contribution to the discussion.

    But hey, why not give you some rope… Tell us how hard it is being white. Go wild. Indulge that righteous indignation of yours.

  20. “If any race is prone to get caught doing this it may be related to lifestyle or culture”

    That’s precisely the interpretation racist cops want people to reach for when we learn about racial disparity in how our laws are enforced. It’s not “crybabybullshit” to recognize reality, but we do appreciate your mature contribution to the discussion.

    But hey, why not give you some rope… Tell us how hard it is being white. Go wild. Indulge that righteous indignation of yours.

  21. Always a bad egg in the bunch. He’d better hope his mother doesn’t get cancer and need that medicine and then have a rogue a****** cop arrest her ass and put her in jail. Just sayin. karma can be a bitch

  22. tiredofcrybabybullshit on

    Once again the race card is pulled here too… sorry but if stupidity (careless actions and lack of intelligent responsibilities) is a problem then look at it realistically. If any race is prone to get caught doing this it may be related to lifestyle or culture but to point at them or acknowledge it is where the racism steps in. Some may cry ‘whoa is us’ trying to use it as an excuse for their stupidity but the bottom line is simple… BE SMART and STFU about racial bullshit… bringing it to the public only proves the point and makes the overall experience reality.

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