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Brutal Police Raid On California Marijuana Dispensary Caught On Video

 
 
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Video footage of a brutal police raid on a Long Beach marijuana dispensary on June 19 recently surfaced on YouTube.

In the video, a police officer walks on the back and neck of a complying Dorian Brooks, the dispensary’s volunteer employee, who awaits arrest stomach-down on the floor.  Two undercover officers can be seen smashing the surveillance cameras of THC Downtown Collective, destroying possible evidence.  

“I just felt three hundred pounds on my neck,” Brooks told NBC Los Angeles, “I felt violated; I felt disrespected.”  He said, “They noticed there was a camera that was on the wall right above my head, so they proceeded to smash it with a metal rod,” and that the debris shattered on him.  

NBC Los Angeles reported that the Long Beach police conducted the raid because the dispensary, though operating under state compliance, did not have a city permit.  The LBPD said in a press release that the excessive force used during the raid is currently under investigation:

An operation will be conducted once all of the facts have been collected.  This is a personnel matter and we are unable to discuss any further details.

An indignant Brooks told MSNBC, “We got beat up and arrested for a citation that’s equivalent to somebody j-walking.”  Brooks’ attorney said that “Those kinds of charges [of a lack of city permit] and a $100 bail do not warrant officers coming in with a battering ram, and weapons, and weapons drawn.”

The dispensary will be filing a $1 million claim- a precursor to a lawsuit - alleging that the police raid was illegal and the officers involved used excessive force, causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage, not to mention the police taking the ATM and marijuana.

The MSNBC report is below, followed by the Youtube video.

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AlterNet / By Angela Lee

Posted at July 6, 2012, 12:42pm