If there are a million stories in the naked city, it seems like this story is about 900,000 of them. A police officer in California has been seized marijuana by the pound and then not filing reports on it, taking it home rather than turning it in as evidence. Local prosecutors are not going to charge him because, of course they’re not.
A Richmond police officer found with marijuana in his home earlier this year likely won’t be charged with a crime, authorities said, but his future on the police force is undetermined.
Veteran K-9 officer Joe Avila has been on paid administrative leave since September, pending an internal investigation, officials in the Richmond Police Department said.
The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has been investigating since the case came to its attention earlier this year but is not inclined to file charges, said Robin Lipetzky, the county’s chief public defender. According to Lipetzky, the decision likely stems from evidence not strong enough to produce a conviction.
A search warrant affidavit obtained by this newspaper shows that Avila picked up a box containing about 4 to 5 pounds of marijuana from a UPS store on Nov. 25, 2013. Avila then radioed a dispatcher to say that he would file an incident report.
Avila never did so, according to the search warrant. Instead, in what several police sources have said is a violation of Richmond police policy, the marijuana ended up in his Oakley home instead of being placed into a department evidence locker…
During their search, police found marijuana in the home.
Don’t for a moment think this is unusual. In the famous Kathryn Johnson case in Atlanta, where police killed an 81-year old woman after coercing an informant into lying on an affidavit so they could get a no-knock warrant to bust into her house, the two officers who testified against the other cops said that they all carried drugs in the trunks of their squad cars. They used it to blackmail informants and suspects. Just another example of how the drug was has resulted in massive corruption in our law enforcement agencies.
And once again, the cop gets away with it. No charges even though they found large amounts of marijuana in his home, they have him on tape telling a dispatcher that he’ll file a report on it and the department says he didn’t do so then or in dozens of other cases. But he won’t be charged with the felonies he just committed. I doubt he’ll be fired either. Because cops are, for all practical purposes, usually above the law they are empowered to enforce.