Minnesota police giving Peavey Plaza Occupy-ers drugs as part of impairment study, report says [VIDEO]

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An officer drops off a young man downtown after taking him to Richfield and back.
A video report put together by local independent media activists and members of Communities United Against Police Brutality finds that police officers and county deputies have been giving drugs to young people hanging out near Peavey Plaza as part of an impairment study.

One officer who spoke to journalists said he never gave subjects drugs, but numerous young people who spoke on the record said police gave them marijuana, cigarettes, food, and other incentives as compensation for participating.

The report indicates that police patrol downtown Minneapolis looking for impaired people, then drive them to a testing facility in Richfield for examination of their capabilities while intoxicated. But in some cases where no previously impaired people could be found, police seduced prospective participants with drugs. The study has been ongoing since early last month.

One young man who identified himself as Panda said he got "high as fuck" in front of a couple police officers. He said he was walking down the street downtown when an officer told him he smelled like marijuana.
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Panda said he was offered weed in exchange for becoming a police informant.

"I started walking faster... [but then] he asked me if I wanted to smoke more. I stopped in my tracks, said 'yes,' and then I smoked with a cop," Panda said, adding that the weed given to him by officers was "some of the best shit I've had in a while." He said officers bought him a double cheeseburger at McDonald's on his way back downtown.

Interviewed hours later after he sobered up, Panda said police offered him a quarter-ounce bag of marijuana if he'd become a police informant and snitch on the activities of fellow Occupy protestors.

Another young man said officers had a bowl of marijuana already packed and ready to smoke when he was picked up downtown. After taking part in the study and being dropped off downtown by police, the man was visibly intoxicated. He dangerously climbed to the top of a large sign near Peavey Plaza sitting 15 feet above the sidewalk, swinging his arms and legs.
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This young man was dangerously stoned after being dropped off downtown by police.

The man said that on another occasion, officers expressed disappointment that he was only high on weed. Officers told him they were "looking for something more harder (sic), someone to do meth or coke or something. I've never told a cop this before, but I said 'fuck you, I don't touch that,'" the man said.

According to the reporters who put together the video, the so-called Drug Recognition Expert program, run by the Minnesota State Patrol, has no review board or independent oversight. Study participants reported that no ambulances or EMTs were on site at the Richfield MnDOT facility near the airport where they were taken. The video suggests participating officers typically come from areas outside the metro core like Dakota, Chisago, and Filmore Counties.
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moot-point
moot-point

I was under the impression that the distribution of illicit substances was illegal and profiling was frowned upon. Plus, who would smoke weed in front of a cop? That's just bad etiquette.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Typical law-breaking cops.

Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse Treatment

Yea, this isn't THAT surprising.  It is still alarming, though - the government wages a brutal war on drugs that ravages communities, and then they have cops giving out weed.  Whatever your opinions on marijuana, this is hypocrisy at its worst.

JoelHolland
JoelHolland

"This young man was dangerously stoned after being dropped off downtown by police." >man was dangerously stoned after being dropped off >was dangerously stoned after >dangerously stoned ... . .. ...WTF, is this the 17th century? When was the last time people got stoned for committing crimes?

Charles
Charles

Using drugs, much less illicit one, in an experiments using human subjects must meet Federal Guidelines.  I doubt very much these morons and cowboys have any idea what such regulations might be as evidenced by the fact that there was no medical supervision evident or controls present or any informed consent. It both illegal and a violation of biomedical ethical standards promulgated by the Federal Government. This reckless action by the police shows a callous disregard for the rights of the test subjects and then after the denial was retracted they have attempted to blame the victim of their misconduct. A deeper investigation and disclosure to the public is merited. This is reminiscent of when the Army gave LSD to subjects and also when the prisoners in the south were infected with syphilis. The police involved also have committed a felony by distributing drugs illegally and should be dismissed from their positions and be prosecuted for distribution of a controlled substance. I am not so naive to believe that they won't attempt to cover it up and engage in the traditional practice of covering up for officers involved. To me it then becomes a criminal conspiracy and fits the definition of organized criminal behavior under the RICO law . There is no legal exemption under the law for them to do distribute controlled substance just because they are cops in this case where the purpose was not to bust a drug criminal but to conduct an improper research program. I would like to see the main street media give more coverage to this issue. 

VENTRINO
VENTRINO

There's nothing that cops haven't done, or will do, to get their hands on what they want. That said, you'd have to be a dummy to bribe infiltrators with pot. If you really want to espy, financial rewards are proven to be far more common and effective. I would imagine that the pot being used comes from the same stash... confiscated money and drugs.

guest
guest

It's spelled "Occupier".

Just because they belong to a group called "Occupy what the hell ever", doesn't warrant a special spelling.

Noo
Noo

The dangerously stoned person actually never smoked weed before the officer offered it to him. Cops pushing illegal substances on young kids. Seems ironic.

Det. Sandy Trappie Bailey
Det. Sandy Trappie Bailey

Non-compliance with medication is a serious problem among the mentally ill.  Most of those in prison or juvie have some form of mental illness.  Kudos to LE for having  the good judgment to round up known mentally lll folks in large groups and have them medicated all at once, rather thn wasting our tax dollars tracking them down one by one.

Firepwr2
Firepwr2

Gosh, "independent" media "activists" - and in City Pages, no less! Now, THERE'S an unimpeachable source for objective news...:)

A bunch of stoned-out losers are "seduced" with drugs? Who'da thought?

asiapundits
asiapundits

Were you taught to trust the police when you were younger? Seems to me like it's irresponsible police work to hand out drugs to kids, who are essentially in their care and under their authority while participating in the Occupy movement. How low can they go? Not many parents would expect this sort of behavior from the police or could adequately prepare their kids to deal with it. Who knows what the police are going to do with the info they've garnered from "DRE". Maybe they will make a non-lethal weed weapon and make all the occupiers stoned and unable to revolt, or the more likely scenario is that maybe they took info from stoned protesters in order to help to quash the movement. I'm sure that those who participated helped to police to suppress civil liberties many times over any satisfaction they may have gotten get from a rip off the popo's super kush. The police are searching for ways to destroy the occupy movement and rattle it's members. These high-asses just helped law enforcement come that much closer to achieving that goal in a number of unknown ways. In the words of N.W.A, "F*** the police!" That's the message parents should be teaching their children in this day and age. After all, America doesn't have 2 million plus people in jail for no reason at all. It's these boys jobs to figure out new ways to arrest us and put us in jail. If there ever was an enemy, it's them.

eccles11
eccles11

If you are willing to accept drugs from a cop, you have failed the impairment test already.

Oldmesnger82
Oldmesnger82

This is all so crazy.  Drugs should only be studied by doctors not cops.All drugs need to be legal now!  The system is rotten to the core.

Alex
Alex

So cops are selling drugs for information about peaceful protesting.... Jesus Christ what a role reversal.

Steviewonders
Steviewonders

People still think cannabis is dangerous? Lol.

Carwyn Stephen
Carwyn Stephen

If this is true then these people are no better than the corrupt government they are protesting against, being bribed and corrupted like that :)

Howelltrees
Howelltrees

Forgive me for being conspiratorial, but has anyone ever thought that there is something more sinister going on here? I mean, assessing what people are like on drugs? Really?! Haven't police departments arrested enough people to know conclusively what people are like on drugs? They don't need to be doing this, unless they have tainted the drugs they are "testing" with some other chemical, and are trying to test what these chemicals do? Maybe these out of county cops are actually CIA, or DEA, or some other shady black op govt program? Sure, people would say "that would never happen, you're crazy", but then again I remember Tuskeegee, and MK Ultra.

Tallahassee
Tallahassee

Police departments should not be the ones administeringthese drugs to people, willing participants or not. It's ridiculouslyhypocritical to bust someone for weed today and then administer weed to acitizen tomorrow under the auspice of "a test" and "wanting tofind out how people act on drugs." That is not the role the police shouldbe playing.

Colleges and Universities often conduct these studies and pay people to partakein them. The police should work their way into those studies if they want toobserve how people behave first hand in a controlled environment.

We as citizens do not clean up the mess that most police officers do.Therefore, we can't judge whether the first-hand knowledge the police aregaining by doing this adds "value" to how they operate. What we CANjudge and what we SHOULD judge is whether or not the police are the rightpeople to be administering drugs to citizens.

My opinion is that those responsible for upholding and enforcing the law shouldnot also be out providing citizens with illegal substances to "watch themget high" and record the results.

This is perhaps yet another sign that the zombie apocalypse is closer than wethink. It all starts somewhere...

Annette
Annette

This same thing happened to me a few years back. Out-of-county law enforcement picked up my friend and I and asked if we knew where to find any harder drugs, specifically hallucinogens. They wanted us to come back to a testing facility and submit to "an eval," which I assumed to be their drug screening. They were eager to have us come back to the location, and seemed disappointed that I could not help them by knowing anyone with access to harder drugs. They did mention something about being part of a drug training program together. After a long interaction with these guys, lots of discussion and having my car searched, they took off. I was young and didn't know my rights, and was perhaps afraid of getting into trouble for being already under the influence. While searching my car, they took a pack of cigarettes and about $35 in cash from my belongings. 

Don't carelessly throw "gullible" around. It's easy to assume that the police are always honest, upright and transparent. Then again, they're the ones with all the power.

Matt Weyland
Matt Weyland

Care to clarify 'dangerously stoned' WTF does that mean?  

JonnyRockstar1234
JonnyRockstar1234

These folks are discrediting the Occupy movement's legitimacy.  Even if the policy gave you drugs - WHY would you take it?  As a protest movement, people need to know that you can;t brake the law otherwise it discredits everything you stand for, in wanting to make a positive change.

The Occupy movement needs serious leaders to step up and remove these types of people.

Marques
Marques

This is ENTIRELY believable!  They quote Michelle Gross, a highly respected, nurse, doctor and rocket scientist!

What reason would a bunch of Occupy people / stoners have to make something up to try to embarrasss the police?  Isn't "Panda" the  one who got arrested at an earlier Occupy event?  I am sure he wouldn't be interesting in make stuff up to embarrass the police.

I wonder how long it will take the CP reporter to get the hook out of his mouth.

Howelltrees
Howelltrees

IIt's not fast and furious, the program is called slow and stone.

gannieca
gannieca

I am so angred by this.  I'm not naive to think this isn't happening all over the country or that they aren't targeting the communites of color or poor communites. I'm especially angry it is out of county law enforcement.  They fell it is ok to target minneapolis citizens and then let the minneapolis and hennepin county hospitals, police take care of anyone who flips out or gets sick.   I'm angry that 100's of thousands of our tax dollars are used in this manner where it could have been used for drug treatment and help heal those who self medicate with drugs because they don't ahve access to mental health counseling.   Some of those young adults have mental illness and head injuries.  The law enforcement prey upon those who are ill and weak.   I hope the paper digs deeper and exposes who were the officials who approved of the DRE program, which counties were participating, what is the budget for thsi program and how long it has gone on.  It is evident that law enforcement was targeting Occupy and whatning to disrupt the Occupy movement which is full of all types of citizens,, many veterans who are exercising their 1st amendment rights.   I sent the video to the Attorney General and my State Rep and State Senator and demanded to know if they support this program, do they support people who are under the influence being left with the street, and did they support our tax dollars going to such a program.

Entropy2012
Entropy2012

While I'm here, has this study passed any ethical review board? Are any control subjects being used, such as people with MS or CP, epilepsy or whatever (which can be difficult to distinguish from intoxication via drugs or alcohol)?  You know, in order for these experts not to mistakenly leave someone with a physical disability lying in a cell in their own vomit, excrement and urine for five days or so? In fact, are there any qualified (emphasis on that word!) academics involved in the design of this "study'' at all?

Entropy2012
Entropy2012

Yeah, I doubt that weed was the only thing the kid doing the climbing got. Fits in with the cop's disappointment at finding potential ''subjects'' only high on weed. Why not add a little something to the mix, eh? Disgusting. Shows the contempt for the law and the public that characterizes a lot of so-called law enforcement officers.

MNBusiness
MNBusiness

But at least one thing is for sure, we definitely shouldn't steamroll Peavy Plaza since it's such a valuable historic architectural wonder that attracts visitors and tourists to Downtown Minneapolis... 

JiKunBomb
JiKunBomb

Who in their right mind would be stupid enough to take drugs from a police officer?

Howelltrees
Howelltrees

Not to mention the "Fast and Furious" program that allowed guns to be sold with hopes of tracking the guns.... Shaaaaaaaady.

Eschew Obfuscation
Eschew Obfuscation

 There's plenty cops that do drugs of all kinds, they know all about what these drugs do.  There's something else going on here.

Jsteitz
Jsteitz

There are no leaders, no mechanism by which to enforce guidelines or policy. If a few occupiers want to stay at peavey, get stoned, whatever... there is no way to stop it. it is a fluid and amorphous beast. I know its tough to understand, we're all so accustomed to hierarchies, but thats the way this movement operates, you are as much a part of it and as influential as anyone else the moment you decide to be.

jamie121
jamie121

Seriously, I the involvement of all of these gutterpunks and other assorted imbeciles is taking a lot of punch out of what could be a good, positive movement. A ton of people I know have been so turned off by this stuff that they have a bad opinion of Occupy in general. I mean these people are taking payoffs from the cops? Even the original hippies were smart enough to know that you can't trust law enforcement. these peopel re really borderline slow.

JonnyRockstar1234
JonnyRockstar1234

 These idiots didn't have to take the drugs.  They are their own worse enemy.  They are bring shame to the movement.

Arthur Stordahl
Arthur Stordahl

From website:"DRE school is extremely demanding. To receive certification as a DRE, two phases of training must be completed" Phase 1 sure looks demanding, eh

atrupar
atrupar

Thanks Patrick, we corrected that. 

MoJ
MoJ

If you like drugs.. the police have access to the best ones. You'd be foolish NOT to. Plus they're out of their jurisdiction. They're more scared of you than you are of them. 

gannieca
gannieca

There are many sick people in our society.  If you have worked in healthcare, in schools, in legal system you would see many are stupid enough to do this.  They were preyed upon by the very system and people who are suppose to protect us.  There are many Veterans who are mentally ill and have head injuries who are living on the street.  There are many desparate and in despair young people that the police have targeted.  To them these people are disposaible and don't matter. 

fernturn001
fernturn001

 Yeah...Bush was a moron to start that shit up.

fernturn001
fernturn001

 How do you know the "idiots" didn't have FTA warrants? "ZSmoke this or I gotta lock you up kid."

gannieca
gannieca

why focus on those who take the drugs????

* it is Law enforcement that our tax dollars paying for, giving illegal drugs to already sick people and then dumping them downtown while they are still high.   And then our tax dollars have to clean up the mess.  And our Mpls business that go down the tubes because of all the people who are down town flipping out on drugs. How the F can cops not know what people look like when they are on drugs??  Where they born under a freaking rock? What a horrible waste of tax dollars. I think we need to follow the money and see how it end up funding such a stupid program.    

Aaron
Aaron

And the fact that they're coming in from waaaayyyy out of town shows they know damn well that what they're doing is wrong, even without a review board pointing it out. They're getting people high on, and potentially addicted to, substances they weren't necessarily using before. They don't want to do this in their own communities, so they come to MPLS.

fernturn001
fernturn001

 Except for the coke and oxy. That's been replaced in most evidence rooms with sheetrock and asprin.

jamie121
jamie121

There are also many, many idiots, and sadly, the Occupy movement has become thick with them.

fernturn001
fernturn001

 how would you know? what are their names?

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