The United States federal government has arrested two Seattle activists who were attempting to serve a cease and desist order on the Department of Justice in the wake of federal raids on medical cannabis dispensaries last week.
Medical cannabis activists had staged a protest at the federal building in downtown Seattle Monday afternoon. Private security guards indicated that it was a crime to take photographs near the federal building. Phil Mocek, a board member with the Cannabis Defense Coalition, asked for clarification of the policy, and was arrested by federal building security guards, who contacted homeland security agents for backup.
During the encounter, Mr. Mocek asked if the federal security guards were police officers, and they said they were not. Mr. Mocek said he was leaving, and the security guard said, “no you are not,” assaulted and physically detained him, and with the assistance of homeland security agents, dragged him into the federal building.
During the encounter, private security agents from Paragon Security tackled another CDC board member, Greg West, in the middle of the crosswalk in 2nd Avenue in downtown Seattle, and dragged him from the public street into the federal building.
FOX Q-13 News was filming at the time the assaults transpired. CDC activists have footage as well, which will be posted to YouTube shortly.
Mr. Mocek and Mr. West were released after several hours in custody, and issued citations for violating 41 CFR 102-74.385 — which we understand as a charge of obstructing justice.
Despite the multiple charges of “obstructing justice,” the activists were able to serve their cease and desist letter on the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Jenny Durkan, as well as on the Drug Enforcement Administration.
– Article originally from Cannabis Defense Coalition