Oh, ho ho, the irony. After making national headlines for getting caught on a surveillance camera eating what seems to be a pot shop’s edibles while mocking an amputee, three Santa Ana, CA cops are attempting to bury the telling video.
Last week, the three unidentified police officers and their union filed a lawsuit to prevent the Santa Ana Police Department internal affairs from utilizing the clip in their investigation of the Sky High Collective raid on May 26, reports the OC Register.
The video, which could be crucial evidence in the case, depicts officers attempting to destroy all cameras (whoops!) and munching on what seems to be the shop’s own pot candy. The video below depicts an officer laughing at an amputee in a wheelchair, saying “I was about to kick her in her f***ing nub.”
“It’s pretty pathetic for police to say if we don’t like something that it can’t be used as evidence,” Matthew Pappas, a lawyer for Sky High, told the Register.
Corey W. Glave, the attorney representing the three cops, said the video was altered by Pappas unfavorably. “The attorney representing the drug dispensary intentionally has misrepresented what happened,” Glave argued.
Yikes. While police officers regularly use videos to investigate other crimes, it looks like they get camera shy when the lens is turned.