According to Flow Police Department press release, which was Posted on Facebook two junior police officers from the Jackson Police Department in Mississippi have been charged with possession of cannabis and personal paraphernalia after they were caught smoking weed. The Clarion Ledger initially reported the arrest of the two officers – both of whom had just finished the police academy.
Kenya Shardy McCarty and Darius Jamal Short were off duty at the time, relaxing and puffing in a pool, minding their own business, when they were spotted and approached by officers from another division.
Officers from the Flood Police Department in Mississippi responded to reports of two people smoking marijuana in the city Nature Trail Park At approximately 5:45 p.m. on December 17th. Flowood’s Park Trail includes an elevated walkway – the perfect place to dine.
Instead of letting his fellow cops out, Flood’s police officers arrested and detained them. Flood police officials said the two policemen were charged with possession of cannabis and violating an open container, and they have been given a court date to file charges. The officers also had two firearms, which is unusual for an off-duty police officer.
“On December 17, 2021, officers were dispatched to the Nature Trail Park of Flowood referring to individuals who smoke marijuana,” the press release read. The officers arrived and located two places inside the park near the pond. The people were identified as Darius Jamal Short B/M and Kenya Shardae McCarty B/F. The officers placed a small amount of marijuana on a bench where the two sat. The officers also seized a firearm that was on the table.”
The release continues, “A second firearm was also found with the open containers and marijuana paraphernalia. The people were taken to HQ for custody on charges of marijuana possession and open container violation. Subjects have been given a court date for the above charges. These two individuals are recent graduates of the Jackson Police Academy and are currently working at the Jackson Police Department.”
At the same time Flowood Police Department is being sued by a man who said they beat him with a K9 three times, in a separate incident a few years ago. who – which Case to a $5 million federal lawsuit.
“This is a waste of resources,” the top comment on the Facebook post is reading. Legalizing cannabis, let them go ahead.
Under Mississippi law, possession of 30 grams or less of cannabis is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000.
Instead of reprimanding them, Jackson Police Chief James Davis defended his officers’ conduct, explaining that they were off duty at the time. Davis has not confirmed whether the police officers have been placed on administrative leave or are subject to any other type of punishment other than the Flowood Police charges. “If an officer does something off-duty, this is his personal life,” he said.
The maximum penalty for a first-time offender in possession of 30 grams or less of cannabis in Mississippi is a maximum fine of $250, Witt Advocates explains. However, anything over 30 grams is a different story, and amounts to a felony.
Possession of up to 250 grams is punishable by imprisonment from one to three years and a fine of $1,000, while five kilograms or more of hashish can result in a maximum sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, According to NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).
Lots of cops smoke or sell pots all over the country, and sometimes they get caught. Cincinnati police dispatcher In Ohio he was one of six people arrested for hundreds of pounds in 2017. The following year a patrol officer with the Patterson Police Department in New Jersey He was caught selling pot and several other drugs to a secret federal informant.
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