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Officer Issued 80% of Seattle’s Public Marijuana Use Tickets

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A Seattle Police officer has been suspended after the department realized he was solely responsible for issuing roughly 80% of the city’s tickets for public marijuana use since the start of 2014.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole was looking over a staff issued report in regards to marijuana enforcement and noticed that 66 of the 83 citations for use of marijuana in public were issued by the same officer.

The officer in question even went so far as to leave notes on some of his citations.  This includes one where it appears, “the officer indicated he flipped a coin when contemplating which subject to site,” Chief O’Toole said in a statement.  There was also another note found on a different citation, where the officer called the new marijuana laws in Washington “silly”.

Chief O’Toole said that his behavior has been reported to the Office of Professional Accountability, where they will review his case.  He will also be placed on suspension while the investigation occurs.

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