I’d embed the video, but there don’t seem to be any embed codes at http://tlc.discovery.com/videos/police-women-take-down-of-the-week-thats-a-lot-of-grass.html. I’ll just add my commentary:
- If you are growing weed at home, PLEASE make your teenage son watch Busted: The Citizen’s Guide to Police Encounters.
- Yeah, you sure taught him a lesson, lady – whatever you do, don’t grow at home, just continue to support dealers on the black market.
- Marijuana plants get far more attention and care than a goldfish.
- Ha ha, you’re cooperative, you got away with it for 35 years, time card was pulled, ha ha, that’s why we’re not treating you like a criminal… well, except for the frisking and the cuffing and the booking and the bonding and the lifelong felony criminal record… but otherwise you seem like a nice guy.
- Angie Dickinson’s* attitude here matches so many cops’ attitudes: well, it’s against the law, so don’t do it. Adults can’t make their own decisions, they must accept “because I said so” as a rationale. We all understand why there are laws to protect society and preserve order, but when an adult citizen’s personal private actions harm absolutely nobody, free rational people can’t accept “because I said so” as a justification for destroying our property and subverting our liberty.
- Dude, you’re not an “addict”. You’re a hard working man who made the smart health choice of marijuana over alcohol and made the smart economic and ethical choice of not supporting a black market. Your only dumb move was not training your teenage son to say NO to police searches without a warrant.
Overall, though, I’m actually quite pleased with the video. How many people are going to watch this and have sympathy for the grower, especially as he explains how he doesn’t drink and doesn’t sell and the home otherwise looks like a nice, well-kept suburban domicile? How many are going to question why we’re wasting police time pulling plants out of a guy’s closet?
By the way, courtesy of MrSpof, the clearance rate for Murder, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny, and Motor Vehicle Theft in Broward County is 19.4%. While Pepper Anderson’s* crew is busy harassing the father of a teenager for his indoor gardening, four out of five actual crimes are going unsolved.
*Ooh, really dating myself with a Police Woman reference, aren’t I?