Cop slip-ups

One must wonder whether the majority of cop’s slip-ups aren’t intentional. Take, for example, the Canadian marijuana activist who was waiting for his marijuana cultivation case to be called in court and used his spare time to distribute pamphlets promoting a legalization protest. A Deputy Sheriff, incensed at the activist’s tenacity, dragged him from the courthouse, forcibly ejected him, and charged him with resisting a peace officer.
In court, the Deputy Sheriff claimed that he had “slipped” on one of the activists pamphlets, and exclaimed concern for the safety of others who might also be sent flying by flyers. The judge found the activist guilty of resisting a peace officer, despite also admitting that the activist’s freedom of speech had been interfered with. Activists are encouraged to attach slip-resistant rubber grips to the back of their pamphlets to avoid criminal charges for resisting constitutional abuse by careless, klutzy cops.

If you thought the Deputy Sheriff was a little hysterical, consider the plight of two Canadians innocently traveling over the border to North Dakota when customs officials arrested them for explosives and called in a bomb squad to detonate a “suspicious device.” A suspicious “powdery substance” was also analyzed.

Paranoid customs goons promised to continue investigating the case even after the “suspicious device” they blew up turned out to be a pot pipe, and the powder turned out to be perfectly harmless and legal ? likely dust from the floor. One of the pair was held on charges of possessing marijuana paraphernalia.

In Israel, police have enough experience with bombs to distinguish them from marijuana pipes. Yet despite the innate stress of their job, being around pot just seems to make them more tense, especially when their station is full of confiscated herb, as was last January. One cop complained about getting high from just the smell, and whined that it was “killing” him. One can’t help but wonder if his buddies weren’t enjoying a few too many coffee breaks in the evidence room.