On June 19th, 2012 Long Beach, CA - the local government utilized a large expenditure of police force and various city departments support to raid a medical cannabis collective known as the THC Downtown Collective.
At approximately 1pm, around fourteen Long Beach police officers arrived at the location and began the assault. Although no resistance was offered by the collective or its members who intended to open the doors freely, the head detective was noted as saying "we do not bargain with you people" and proceeded to destroy the security door and security cameras in the establishment with the use of specialized assault equipment and tactics. The unnecessary amount of damage was out of the norm in comparison to past raids by the same police department. In prior innumerable actions the same officers had emptied collectives of all medical cannabis, its hard currency and any safes if present, to preserve as evidence. The same police had not until now used excessive force when securing collective members. In the past common practice was to, "turn the place over" but now the police have stepped up the amount of vandalism at the raids by random destruction of property on site and heavy destruction of any type of security device as to render it unusable. The onsite video (DVR) storage device was confiscated along with computers, currency and medical cannabis.
Additionally there was an offsite (DVR) video that was not confiscated. On this recording there are 3 officers asking 2 collective members to get down on their stomachs and place their hands on the floor. The only collective member that can be seen in the video is a young black male laying face down on the floor. As the three officers approach him from behind, the first officer goes to step over him but instead, steps upon the back of the young mans neck. The officer then pulls his arm back into a strained position. Afterwards the officer puts his knee onto the young mans back and with the help of the 2 other officers they proceed to cuff him. Minutes afterwards the officers notice that they are being videotaped and quickly smash the camera.
The video was reviewed by Stephen Downing, a former deputy chief with the Los Angeles Police Department who when finished stated, "This is a clear example of excessive use of force and vandalism that reminds me of the 33rd and Dalton Street vandalism by the LAPD years ago. I thought police departments were beyond this kind of illegal and offensive behavior. This video should be provided to the Long Beach Chief of Police. He will certainly want to investigate this deplorable conduct and hold his officers to account for their brutality and violation of the public trust."
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