In response to a Flowood Police Division information launch, which was posted on Fb, two rookie cops from the Jackson County Police Division in Mississippi had been charged with possession of hashish and paraphernalia after being caught smoking weed, within the act. The Clarion Ledger first reported the arrests of the 2 officers—each of whom simply completed police academy.
Kenya Shardae McCarty and Darius Jamal Quick had been off-duty on the time, enjoyable and puffing by a pond, minding their very own enterprise, once they had been noticed and approached by officers from one other division.
Officers with the Flowood Police Division in Mississippi responded to experiences of two individuals smoking weed on the Nature Path Park at about 5:45 p.m. on December 17. Flowood’s Park Path contains an elevated walkway—the proper place to toke.
As an alternative of letting the man cops off, the Flowood Cops arrested and booked them. The 2 cops had been charged with possession of hashish and an open container violation, Flowood Police officers mentioned, and so they got a courtroom date for the costs. The officers had been additionally in possession of two firearms, which isn’t uncommon for an off-duty police officer.
“On December 17, 2021 officers had been dispatched to the Nature Path Park of Flowood in reference to people smoking marijuana,” the information launch reads. “Officers arrived and situated two topics contained in the park close to the pond. The themes had been recognized as Darius Jamal Quick B/M and Kenya Shardae McCarty B/F. The officers situated a small quantity of marijuana on a bench the place the 2 had been seated. Officers additionally took possession of a firearm which was current on the desk.”
The discharge continues, “A second firearm was additionally recovered together with open containers and marijuana paraphernalia. The themes had been transported to headquarters for reserving on the costs of Possession of Marijuana and Open Container Violation. The themes got a courtroom date for above costs. These two people are current graduates of the Jackson Police Academy and are presently employed by the Jackson Police Division.”
In the meantime—Flowood Police Division is being sued by a person who mentioned they sicced a K9 on him thrice, in a separate incident a number of years in the past. That case escalated to a $5 million federal lawsuit.
“Such a waste of sources,” the highest touch upon the Fb submit reads. “Legalize weed, allow them to go, and transfer on.”
Per Mississippi regulation, possession of 30 or much less grams of hashish is punishable by as much as three years of imprisonment and a nice of as much as $3,000.
As an alternative of reprimanding them, Jackson Police Division Chief James Davis defended the habits of his officers, explaining that they had been off-duty on the time. Davis didn’t verify whether or not the cops had been positioned on administrative go away or are topic to some other sort of punishment past the Flowood Police costs. “If an officer did one thing off obligation, that’s their private life,” he mentioned.
The utmost penalty for a first-time offender in possession of 30 grams or much less of hashish in Mississippi is a most $250 nice, Whitt Regulation Agency explains. Something above 30 grams is a distinct story, nevertheless, and is elevated to a felony.
Possession of as much as 250 grams is punishable by one to 3 years in jail and a $1,000 nice, whereas 5 kilograms or extra of hashish can lead to a most penalty of 10 to 30 years in jail and a $1 million nice, in keeping with the NORML (Nationwide Group for the Reform of Marijuana Legal guidelines).
A lot of cops are smoking or promoting pot across the nation, and infrequently they get caught. A Cincinnati police dispatcher in Ohio was one among six individuals arrested for a whole bunch of kilos of pot in 2017. The following 12 months a patrol officer with the Paterson Police Division in New Jersey was caught promoting pot and lots of different medication to an undercover federal informant.