In one ticket, the officer wrote that he found two people smoking marijuana and made them flip a coin to decide which person would be cited.
“(Suspect) lost the coin flip so he got the ticket while the other person walked. (suspect) was allowed to keep his pipe,” the ticket reads.
Not only is this officer power tripping, he is writing about it on the ticket, documenting his own abuse of power.
Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said she reassigned the officer to administrative duty after learning that he had written nearly 80 percent of all the marijuana tickets issued in Seattle between January 1 and June 30.
An analysis released last month found that homeless people and African American males were more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.
About 36 percent of those cited were African Americans, who are 8 percent of Seattle’s population according to the 2010 census. About 46 percent of those ticketed told police they lived in a homeless shelter, transitional housing or had addresses associated with homeless services.
“This officer’s conduct came to my attention shortly after my department released its first semi-annual report on marijuana enforcement, as required by the City of Seattle. The report is designed to provide another level of oversight for marijuana enforcement in our city and flag any anomalies or outliers in enforcement,” O’Toole wrote in the blotter post.