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Seattle officer investigated for excessive marijuana tickets

Seattle Officer Investigated For Excessive Marijuana Tickets

A Seattle police officer is being investigated after writing a surplus of marijuana tickets. But it could be what he wrote on the tickets, not the quantity, that's the most interesting.

A report by the Seattle chief of police says the unnamed veteran officer wrote about 80 percent of the marijuana tickets the department gave.

On this ticket, he called the recent changes to marijuana laws "silly."

Those "silly" 2012 changes made it legal to possess small quantities of marijuana but still illegal to smoke in public.

And on this citation, he wrote that he flipped a coin to decide which person he would ticket for smoking pot in public.

He also referred to City Attorney Peter Holmes, a man known to be in favor of marijuana legalization, as "Petey Holmes" on many of the tickets.

Although the department report did not name the officer, The Seattle Times identifies the man as Randy Jokela, citing "department sources." The article notes Jokela joined the force in 1990 and was named co-officer of the year in 2005.

The Seattle police have been in the hot seat before for their distribution of marijuana tickets.

According to KOMO, the department was under fire last month when it was discovered that homeless people and African-American males were most likely to be cited for a marijuana offense.

The Seattle Times notes in the first half of the year, 37 percent of marijuana tickets went to black people, who account for only 8 percent of the city's population. It also says 41 percent of those given tickets lived in low-income housing or were homeless.

The officer in question has been assigned to non-patrol duties while he's being investigated.

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blo2thehead August 02 2014 at 2:35 AM

this story tells me that poor black people spend what little money they have on pot.

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blackcoffeeparty August 01 2014 at 11:31 PM

The only ones that want to keep weed illegal are brain dead Conservatives, cops, the alcohol and drug testing industries

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TR by ML Neal... August 02 2014 at 12:57 AM

He is law enforcement employee, not a policy maker. What an idiot.

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Rob August 02 2014 at 2:54 AM

This guy should be given a medal. Trying to get people to stop polluting their bodies, altering their minds, damaging their lungs, and becoming sloths in society is not a bad thing.

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nikkitytom August 02 2014 at 12:12 AM

A marihuana arrest is an easy one. Rarely violent or confrontational. Why do you suppose so many law enforcement agencies are in favor of keeping marihuana illegal.. It's an easy way to add notches to their arrest records. "Look how many people I issued citations to ... see how good a cop I am?"

Ridiculous. I wonder how many real crime scenes this cop showed up for.

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tony nikkitytom August 02 2014 at 12:56 AM

Since thou has asked, 6,991. Thou be welcome, & have a nice day.

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cbza3600 tony August 02 2014 at 10:25 AM

did you just pull that number out of your arse?

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'57mad nikkitytom August 02 2014 at 9:39 AM

that's the whole problem they are not being arrested,they are giving them a ticket which most likely will never be paid.

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cbza3600 '57mad August 02 2014 at 10:26 AM

how is that a problem, it's not against the law?

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Trisha August 02 2014 at 12:34 AM

Thats because white people will get high "inside" where its noyfb whats up. But lets not mention that because this is America! The place that African-males laugh at all the whiners and race baiters! Now this Cop sounds like he is trying to make a point to someone with his sarcasm on the tix. Flipping a coin to see which one to ticket? Thats the words of someone seeing something about how this law is treated by the law. I mean, if its legal, why not outside? And if 2 people are passing it back and forth, well who had it when ya walked up? Hm, toss a coin I guess. Homeless people? Lets see, law says smoke INSIDE. Homeless have no INSIDE to smoke in, thus HOMELESS status.

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dashdzl August 02 2014 at 3:10 AM

So, as the laws are written, you don't cite people for breaking them?

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Rev Josey Wales dashdzl August 02 2014 at 8:43 AM

Perhaps they shoulod look for something important to do instead of chickens**t pot busts. Too much work?

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katkelly57 August 02 2014 at 4:33 AM

Considering how crime has skyrocketed in the Seattle area this year...shootings, home invasions, arson, rape, hit and runs, etc., ....it would behoove SPD to put their energy into these issues instead of weed smokers.

They're too stoned and laid back to commit major crimes...hell, they're at the 7-11 getting munchies.

In the meantime, a young kid is being pepper sprayed while walking his dog ...in broad daylight...then the kid gets
robbed while his face is burning up.

The are loads of folks avoiding downtown as well...those that work there get the hell out asap and go home, it's just not safe period.

And we just got a new police chief...what's she doing?!?

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al3456 August 02 2014 at 12:00 AM

Wow! Lot's of angry people commenting, here, about the people who were ticketed, not the cop. Not what I expected.

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katkelly57 al3456 August 02 2014 at 4:20 AM

If they would just light up a bowl......

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eric August 01 2014 at 9:12 PM

I guess the joke is on you jokela.

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