Pair of Cops Booked After Being Caught Smoking Pot in Mississippi

In accordance to a Flowood Law enforcement Office news launch, which was posted on Facebook, two rookie law enforcement officers from the Jackson County Law enforcement Office in Mississippi have been charged with possession of cannabis and paraphernalia following getting caught smoking weed, in the act. The Clarion Ledger initially documented the arrests of the two officers—both of whom just completed law enforcement academy.

Kenya Shardae McCarty and Darius Jamal Shorter were off-duty at the time, soothing and puffing by a pond, minding their individual business, when they were being spotted and approached by officers from another division. 

Officers with the Flowood Police Division in Mississippi responded to experiences of two individuals cigarette smoking weed at the Mother nature Trail Park at about 5:45 p.m. on December 17. Flowood’s Park Path contains an elevated walkway—the great position to toke. 

As an alternative of letting the fellow cops off, the Flowood Law enforcement officers arrested and booked them. The two cops ended up billed with possession of hashish and an open up container violation, Flowood Police officials reported, and they have been offered a court docket day for the expenses. The officers had been also in possession of two firearms, which is not strange for an off-responsibility police officer.

“On December 17, 2021 officers had been dispatched to the Character Path Park of Flowood in reference to men and women using tobacco cannabis,” the information launch reads. “Officers arrived and situated two subjects within the park close to the pond. The subjects were being determined as Darius Jamal Brief B/M and Kenya Shardae McCarty B/F. The officers located a tiny quantity of marijuana on a bench exactly where the two were being seated. Officers also took possession of a firearm which was current on the table.”

The release proceeds, “A second firearm was also recovered along with open up containers and cannabis paraphernalia. The topics have been transported to headquarters for booking on the prices of Possession of Marijuana and Open up Container Violation. The subjects were supplied a court date for higher than prices. These two people today are current graduates of the Jackson Law enforcement Academy and are presently employed by the Jackson Law enforcement Office.”

Meanwhile—Flowood Law enforcement Office is staying sued by a male who stated they sicced a K9 on him 3 situations, in a independent incident a handful of decades back. That case escalated to a $5 million federal lawsuit.

“Such a squander of sources,” the top remark on the Facebook publish reads. “Legalize weed, enable them go, and transfer on.”

For each Mississippi regulation, possession of 30 or fewer grams of cannabis is punishable by up to a few several years of imprisonment and a good of up to $3,000.  

As an alternative of reprimanding them, Jackson Law enforcement Department Chief James Davis defended the behavior of his officers, explaining that they ended up off-duty at the time. Davis did not affirm irrespective of whether the police officers were put on administrative depart or are topic to any other kind of punishment further than the Flowood Police prices. “If an officer did something off duty, which is their private lifetime,” he stated. 

In accordance to the Flowood Law enforcement Division, another person named officers all-around 5:45 p.m. last Friday owing to two folks smoking cannabis in Nature Trail Park.

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The maximum penalty for a initially-time offender in possession of 30 grams or less of cannabis in Mississippi is a optimum $250 wonderful, Whitt Law Company points out. Nearly anything over 30 grams is a diverse tale, having said that, and is elevated to a felony.

Possession of up to 250 grams is punishable by a person to 3 a long time in jail and a $1,000 great, although 5 kilograms or far more of hashish can outcome in a most penalty of 10 to 30 many years in jail and a $1 million good, in accordance to the NORML (Countrywide Firm for the Reform of Cannabis Legislation).

Lots of cops are smoking or offering pot close to the region, and at times they get caught. A Cincinnati police dispatcher in Ohio was a person of six individuals arrested for hundreds of kilos of pot in 2017. The subsequent yr a patrol officer with the Paterson Law enforcement Office in New Jersey was caught selling pot and lots of other medicines to an undercover federal informant.