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LAPD Raids Medical Marijuana Dispensary

The American Eagle Collective on Colorado and College View will be shut down, an officer says.

The LAPD’s Narcotics Enforcement Detail raided the American Eagle Collective, one of the major marijuana dispensaries in Eagle Rock, Wednesday afternoon and an officer on the scene said that the facility would be shut down forthwith.

“We’ve had an ongoing investigation here about some illegal activity that’s inconsistent with medical marijuana laws,” Lt. David Kowalski told Patch, adding that he had a search warrant for the raid and that officers were in the process of seizing property from the dispensary, located on the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and College View Avenue.

Kowalski explained that the nature of the raid was similar to those conducted in recent months on medical marijuana facilities in the San Fernando Valley. “It’s all about narcotics for this operation,” he said, adding that "the laws are so ambiguous and complex—it all depends on what the D.A. wants from us."

Kowalski, who belongs to the LAPD’s Northeast Community Station, said that his team was in touch with the dispensary’s owner and manager.

AEC inexplicably shut down for a little more than two weeks in March and reopened April 6 after what employees at the dispensary said was a change in ownership.

When Patch visited the dispensary during the raid, the door was locked from inside. An officer in a bullet-proof vest opened it and explained that an investigation was underway. Seated on a couch in the lobby, his hands handcuffed behind him, was the dispensary’s manager.

A police car was parked on the far end of the parking lot in the mini mall where the dispensary is located, and another squad car was parked on the intersection of College View and Colorado Boulevard. About half a dozen potential customers were turned back from the facility in a span of 10 minutes.

“It’s startling how many people come and go from here,” Kowalski remarked.

AEC is among at least two-dozen medical marijuana facilities in Los Angeles that have been the targets of lawsuits by the City Attorney’s office. While AEC has been accused of violating City zoning laws, the dispensary’s landlord, Penny Botsch, who owns Adams Wilshire Engraving Inc., a printing store directly next doors, is accused of violating health and safety codes by leasing property to a business that deals in a controlled substance. (The City has sued two other Eagle Rock dispensaries on Colorado Boulevard—Organic Healing Center and Colorado Quality Pain—for violating a law that requires such facilities to be located outside a 600-foot radius of schools.)

Asha Greenberg, an assistant deputy district attorney told Patch in early April that a motion to seek a preliminary injunction against AEC is scheduled for May 31 in the court of Superior Court Judge John Wiley, Jr. The injunction is akin to an interim order intended to get AEC to vacate the store it’s occupying because, as Greenberg put it, the facility is “in violation of the state’s narcotics abatement law and therefore should be stopped from distributing marijuana.”

Greenberg is on vacation until May 9, and someone from her office is expected to update Patch about the latest status of the lawsuit against AEC.

Michael Larsen May 04, 2012 at 04:31 PM
It's important to clarify this point because, as I mentioned in my post to lamedicalmarijuana, the situation in LA is very convoluted and confusing. 1. There is no permit or license to operate a pot store in LA. There never has been. Not one of the stores can show you a piece of paper that allows them to sell or even give away marijuana. If you doubt this, call the city and ask for a list of legitimate, licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in LA. Stores like AEC were never "allowed" to open by the city. They were never given the "ok". They just opened and began operating. The City has tried to shut them down many times, but they have very deep pockets for lawyers and the process can take years. In the meantime, they rake in the dough. 2. The ordinance which would have given certain stores as much legitimacy as is legally possible, was never implemented. In short, because the stores that would have been closed as a result, barraged the city with lawsuits and effectively killed the ordinance. Certain stores have used this same technique every time the city has attempted to create and enforce rules for the stores. These stores have created a legal limbo in the City, and it's enforcement mechanisms have been paralyzed (which lamedicalmarijauana's example of the store Vapors illustrates). 3. I'm not interested in a debate about just laws. I think 215 and 420 are bad laws. I'm only concerned with the quality of life in my community.
George Glass May 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
M. Larson - Your argument makes no sense. You say the law is bad but then you say that no one can legally have a dispensary. So if there is no law in place how can the law be bad? Explain this link to me http://planning.lacounty.gov/mmdoa So LA County has not legalized anyone but they do have a law to regulate them. It's not legal but the law cant close it down? That makes no sense. I asked you some very straight forward questions and in return you give me rhetoric. What I am trying to figure out is how is it that I pass several of these stores on any given day. They arent hiding but you say that they are not legal. If they are not legal and they have no legal ability to be in business then their lawyers wont do any good. At any point any law enforcement officer can go in and arrest them. If in fact they are illegal. I am asking a very serious question and dont understand why you wont answer it? I am starting to think you dont know as much as you think you do. Again this is just my opinion. I agree that there are many places open that are not legitimate and I have stoner friends who have complained about them having too many in their neighborhood. So they just go to the black market to get it. Cause you know, just because you dont have a dispensary doesnt mean someone isnt selling pot in your neighborhood.
Michael Larsen May 04, 2012 at 05:10 PM
GG, As I mentioned, the issue is very confusing and doesn't make much sense. You got one thing absolutely right though: at any point LAPD and or DEA can go in to ANY of these stores, confiscate everything, seize the property, and arrest everybody. That is the only thing we know for sure, and we are starting to see more and more of this kind of action by law enforcement.
George Glass May 04, 2012 at 05:28 PM
M Larsen - After reading up on you a little I see that you may be more informed then I originally gave you credit for in my previous post. It sounds like you are on the defensive due to some over zealous marijuana advocates. I am not one of those people. I am genuinely confused with the way things are done in this city. If something is illegal shut it down immediately. It's that simple in every other city. No B.S. about it. I will admit that I dont live in Eagle Rock. I live very close though and visit it often. It seems nice. Although I have to say I find this statement you made to be a little misguided, “Eagle Rock is about being a small community with a small-town feel, and we want to retain that,” Eagle Rock is part of L.A. whether you think of it that way is kind of irrelevant. L.A. is a huge place and far from a small community. Things change all the time and you cant hang on to that past. Marijuana has been rated up there with cocaine and heroin for a very long time and as some one who has studied all three I can tell you this is ludicrous. I dont know the quick solution but I can tell you that in many cities they have decriminalized marijuana in some form or another. I many places a gram or less is a misdemeanor. Not so with the other drugs. You are a NIMBY and that is not okay. That paints you in a very negative light and since this is city-wide you should keep in mind that these laws effect all communities not just yours.
George Glass May 04, 2012 at 05:39 PM
That doesnt sound confusing to me. That sounds very straight forward. What the reality of that statement means is that either the cops are refusing to do their jobs. Which I find unlikely. Or that at least some of the dispensaries have a legitimate reason to be open and the cops either cant tell which ones are legal or dont want to know. Which would mean sticking their necks out for something that they dont seem to care about. Which seems more likely. I mean seriously. If you have a parking lot full of people smoking and playing their stereos too loud then the answer is to go and cite them for loitering and noise pollution. Shutting the store down probably isnt going to solve this issue. But I am uncertain as I know some of these are owned by no-goodnicks. I can assure you though that if they wanted to make money they wouldnt have to open up a store front. It is decidely more expensive and risky for them to have a store front. I can also tell you that even though many are using the medical marijuana thing as a loop hole some people truly do need it. I dont like at all how the city is jerking people around and flip flopping on this issue. The reality of that is they are pushing out the people that want to be a legitimate store for the mavericks who dont care about it. I believe I am in agreement with you that the laws are not clear enough but this is not the fault of the people that spent their money to legally open the store as set forth by the city.
Michael Larsen May 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
In the State of California, possession of up to 1 OUNCE of marijuana is punishable by a citation of $100 which does not appear on your record and is considered an infraction, not even a misdemeanor. That sounds about as decriminalized as it get to me. You're right, I am a NIMBY.. and proud of it.
George Glass May 04, 2012 at 06:27 PM
And yet it remains a Schedule1 drug. You know ML I was just starting to like you but being proud of being a NIMBY is unconscionable. I will not make disparaging remarks about your character as I do not know you. But you now bear the burden of carrying the imprint of all the many NIMBY that I have met through the years. They are short sighted, lack empathy, and seem to rejoice in their own ignorance. You say NIMBY but you live in the same city I do so you are talking about my yard too and I do not support you nor can I, in good conscience, support you. I'm sorry but with that attitude you are not fighting the good fight like you think you are doing. You instead dont want to solve the problem you just want it to go away to be some one else's problem and that is kind of a jerk attitude. So either help fix it or get out of the way. The only people who are at fault here are the weak politicians who pass crap laws so that they dont have to make a stand and the police officers who dont do the job that they are being paid to do.
lamedicalmarijuana May 04, 2012 at 09:52 PM
@Michael Larsen on April 16th 2011 the law was very VERY clear. LA City had sent a letter ordering Vapors to close their doors immediately or face fines of $2,500 per day and having their doors padlocked. <-- this is not up for interpretation this was the law at the time and it was not enforced! The Ordinance that was passed two years ago was effective and enforceable as it had been voted on and passed by the city council and signed by the mayor. The MJ Ordinance was the law at the time, the LAPD just chose not to carry out the law.... Now why is that? CORRUPTION SIR! Furthermore the lawsuits that were brought about by AEC and House of Kush should have in no way shape or formed hindered the LAPD in enforcing the law... BUT instead the LAPD chose to NOT padlock the doors of the Marijuana Pot Shop Vapors that HAD BEEN ORDERED TO CLOSE BY LA CITY! @George Glass don't listen to the spin and rhetoric by Liar Larsen. Larsen knows full well that politicians purposefully create legal grey areas so that NO ONE is in 100% compliance and so that anyone can get busted at anytime when they don't grease the right palms! Mr. Glass the only thing Larsen will do is NEVER EVER provide a way for pot shops to be 100% compliant with the city and for the city of LA to lend one shred of legitimacy (despite the fact that LA City already attempted this in their last ordinance but purposefully wrote that leglislation to attract lawsuits and to purposefully fail)
lamedicalmarijuana May 04, 2012 at 09:54 PM
@Tim Ryder Take a look at this ! CLEAR EVIDENCE OF CORRUPTION AND THE LAW NOT BEING APPLIED EQUALLY!! MICHARL LARSEN : The only thing worse than drug dealers in storefronts is corrupt cops supporting and protecting them. LA Medical Marijuana : Take a look at this documented FACT of corruption / protection for what I am stating! http://northhollywood.patch.com/articles/lapd-catches-alleged-robbers-on-roof-of-pot-shop The LAPD catches an alleged burglar on the rooftop of a pot shop named VAPORS that the city deemed was “illegal” and had been ORDERED TO SHUTDOWN or face having their doors padlocked <-- yet the LAPD arrests the burglars and instead of placing a padlock on the ILLEGAL POT SHOP VAPORS as is the LAW the LAPD lets them continue to operate despite the FACT that the city ordered them to shutdown.
George Glass May 04, 2012 at 10:52 PM
LAMM - Although Los Angeles has had a long history of corruption it is hard to believe it's that cut and dried. ( snicker ) I think too many people are involved for it to be that simple. On the other hand I do know people down at City Hall and overwhelming incompetence on an intrinsic level should not be ruled out. I like to think that with the size of this city many of our police force are aware that more important things are happening and they are best used else where. In other words much like a brown bag mysteriously turns an open alcoholic drink into an unknown I think they often look they other way for the sake of nabbing a murderer, rapist or burglar. Cops are just people and although I exercise caution around anyone with a gun I think most of them have their hearts in the right place. Dont forget to vote everybody.
lamedicalmarijuana May 05, 2012 at 11:30 AM
@George Glass LA City Officials actions concerning the Medical Marijuana Ordinance’s enforcement and creation was zealous incompetence to say the least. THIS BENEFITS THE DRUG CARTELS... Mr. Glass are you aware that LA City officials wanted to allow only 100 pot shops that would be randomly chosen due to a KNOWN botched cut off date for PRE-ICO registration from 2007 (three years before the MJ Ordinance was written)! Mr. Glass are you aware LA City Officials were going to require the 100 dispensaries to have massive FEDERALLY ILLEGAL grow operations that would be inspected and authorized by the LA Department of Building and Safety! Mr. Glass are you aware that LA City Officials wrote the Medical Marijuana Ordinance to originally require NO PERSONAL CHANGES what SO EVER! WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND writes laws that don’t allow organizations to hire and fire people? CORRUPT LA CITY OFFICIALS WHO WORK WITH DRUG CARTELS! ONLY INCOMPETENT & OR CORRUPT OFFICIALS CREATE LAWS WHERE IF YOU HIRE SOMEONE YOU ARE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE MJ ORDINANCE. LA Officials created a purposefully botched medical marijuana ordinance so that there CAN NEVER BE ANY TRUE PATH FOR LEGITIMACY IN THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY! LA OFFICIALS WORK WITH CARTELS TO CONTINUE THE FLOW OF DRUGS INTO THE CITY!!! LA CITY OFFICIALS ENSURE THAT DRUG DEALERS CONTINUE DEALING DRUGS RATHER THEN ALLOWING THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY LEGITIMACY!
lamedicalmarijuana May 05, 2012 at 11:52 AM
@Michael Larsen you claim that there is no license to operate MJ stores well there IS a state law http://www.canorml.org/laws/hsc11362_5.html which requires MJ be AFFORDABLE and that Patients have SAFE ACCESS to this natural medication! Too anyone not involved in Law or Politics its clear that a storefront is legal; IF the ppl who take prescribed pharmaceutical pillz have a storefront then medical MJ patients get to have a storefront & have the right to be treated equally! NO ONE SHOULD BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AND DISALLOWED A STOREFRONT AND NOT HAVE SAFE AND AFFORDABLE ACCESS JUST BECAUSE THEY TAKE DIFFERENT MEDS! Other reasons being that brick and mortar stores can dramatically reduce the cost of goods to the individual as can be seen from such shining examples as walmart. Also many individuals do not have the skill sets, space, time, or physical ability to grow medical marijuana. BUT state law requires they have safe access to this natural medication; hence storefronts are allowed. The REAL REASON why LA’s MJ Ordinance was never implemented is because CORRUPT CITY OFFICIALS PURPOSEFULLY WROTE IT TO FAIL SO THAT THERE WOULDN’T BE LOCAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGITIMACY IN SUCH A LARGE WEST COAST CITY don’t be naïve and think that BIG PHARMA & the DRUG CARTELS FROM THE SOUTH don’t have a dark shadowy hand in all of this! Think of who benefit$ You KNOW LARSEN and all those CITY OFFICIALS can be bought with the HUGE PROFITS FROM DRUG MONEY! Don’t BE NAÏVE!
that May 05, 2012 at 07:16 PM
aec has beaten the city attorney in court several times on civil attempts to close their store. they lie to get search warrants and go after them criminally. this will be another failed attempt on closing them.
that May 05, 2012 at 07:19 PM
@iamedicalmarijuana vapors was raided by LAPD in feb of 2011. there are corrupt officials and cops. but vapors isn't the one lining their pockets.
lamedicalmarijuana May 05, 2012 at 10:24 PM
@that... Los Angeles City had clearly ordered Vapors to shutdown as they had been operating as an illegal dispensary that did not even register themselves with the city as the law required that had been passed by LA City Council and signed by the Mayor! Furthermore at this date the law clearly stated that VAPORS had been sent this letter would face a $2,500 fine each day that they where open, & would eventually have their doors padlocked if they did not shutdown immediately. Now when a silent burglar alarm goes off and the police get called to the KNOWN ILLEGAL DISPENSARY why didn’t LAPD FOLLOW THE LAW and PADLOCK THE DOORS AND ISSUE A $2,500 FINE!? IT MAKES absolutely no sense why LAPD officials did not enforce the law on april 16th , 2011. And look at the lip service from LIAR LARSEN “lamedicalmaijuana, I know the situation in LA has been very confusing and frustrating especially with all the hysterics of pot advocates (see below). It's hard to keep up on what the status is from day to day. The ordinance that was passed 2 years ago never went into effect.” THIS IS FALSE! the Marijuana Ordinance was effective from one month after it got signed into law! There is absolutely no excuse this was A KNOWN ILLEGAL DISPENSARY THAT THE CITY HAD ORDERED TO SHUTDOWN! CORRUPTION AND PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHY THE LAW WAS NOT ENFORCED! VAPORS GOT SPECIAL TREATMENT FROM THE LAPD THIS MUCH IS BLATANTLY CLEAR!!!! CORRUPTION!!
lamedicalmarijuana May 05, 2012 at 10:36 PM
What doesn’t get reported is the back room deal$ between judges prosecutors and dispensaries! Judges take bribes! Judges have bills & families & JUDGES definitely live a more luxurious life then the rest of us normal folk! Why do you think that all these different judges keep on giving DRASTICALLY conflicting appellate court decisions! One judge gets bribed one way by a dispensary and another judge in another district gets bribed by another pot shop and each ruling benefits the respective pot shop but conflicts with the other appellate judge’s decisions. This is how judges create more work for themselves and their lawyer buddies. In Long beach for example a judge was bribed and he said that cities don’t have the right to authorize pot shops because it is federally illegal. And who did this benefit… a SINGLE POT SHOP. Then in Orange County another bribed judge gives a conflicting appellate decision proclaiming from his royal judiciary throne that pot shops can’t be banned because cities can’t ban state laws… who does this benefit? A single POT SHOP! And it isn’t like Judges are the only ones who get bribed ! LAPD gets their palms greased as well! NO ONE DARES REPORT THIS! And the laws are so vague city officials can just claim things are confusing or unenforceable because of conflicting laws… BS! more like CORRUPTION!
Michael Larsen May 06, 2012 at 04:12 PM
No dispensaries have been closed using the ordinance that was passed. Not one. It never went into effect. If I'm not mistaken, though, Vapors is owned by the same guy who owns AEC, so maybe they'll be closed shortly thanks to actions by the D.A.
lamedicalmarijuana May 07, 2012 at 11:40 AM
The Medical Marijuana Ordinance was signed by the mayor and voted on by the city council & sense a month passed it was effective. The whole purpose of the Medical Marijuana Dispensaries suing the city is because the MJ Ordinance was effective and went into law. Further evidence that the Medical Marijuana Ordinance went effective is the massive amount of letters that LA City sent out to the multiple illegal pot shops ORDERING THEM TO CLOSE BECAUSE THE ORDINANCE WAS EFFECTIVE. This is actually stated in the letters that got sent to illegal pot shops back in 2011! NOTICE THAT VAPORS GOT SENT A LETTER FROM LA CITY ORDERING THEM TO SHUTDOWN WHY? Was LA CITY SENDING OUT LETTERS INFORMING POT SHOPS OF NEW EFFECTIVE LAWS THAT THEY WHERE ENFORCING AND MAKING EVERYONE FOLLOW! BECAUSE THE NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE WAS EFFECTIVE! OR ELSE WHY WOULD LA HAVE SENT OUT ALL THOSE LETTERS INFORMING DISPENSARIES THAT THEY WHERE NOT FOLLOWING THE NEW LARSEN you are full of BS!! You ask for examples of corruption and I show you a news article showing that Vapors got special treatment by the LAPD and your response is “the laws where unclear at the time” if the laws are so DAMN UNCLEAR THEN WHY did LA City sent a letter to Vapors informing them to close down?
Michael Larsen May 08, 2012 at 03:07 AM
lamm, all you have to do is make a call to your local LAPD or the City Attorney's office downtown and ask them if the ordinance is in effect and whether they are enforcing it. You don't have to believe me about it. Check it out yourself.0000000
douglas gray May 09, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Alcohol is a factor in about 40% of violent crimes; Marijuana.............NOT!! Why waste time passing and enforcing these silly laws??
LULAMAEE May 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I must be blind as a bat not knowing the things that are happening under my own nose! Erotic massage parlors?? Oh my! :D
lamedicalmarijuana May 11, 2012 at 08:27 AM
Michael Larsen you claim that there is no corruption. Then I show you a link to a news article where 1) LA City sent an OFFICIAL letter to the pot shop VAPORS ordering them to shutdown, face fines, or have the LAPD padlock their doors shut! 2) the police are called to the scene AFTER LA City informs the pot shops that they are operating in violation of the Medical Marijuana Ordinance! So why didn't LAPD shutdown Vapors on April 16th, 2011? Your answer Michael Larsen is ILLOGICAL!!!! “I know the situation in LA has been very confusing and frustrating It's hard to keep up on what the status is from day to day. The ordinance that was passed 2 years ago never went into effect.” You claim the ordinance didn't go into effect? Then why did LA City send out multiple letters to multiple pot shops ordering them to close? Why did LA City collect REGISTRATION FEES from multiple MJ Shops and have them fill out background checks? <-- why is the city requiring this if the Medical Marijuana Ordinance was not effective? What you are claiming makes no sense because LA City was clearly taking actions in line with the Medical Marijuana Ordinance i.e sending out the letters taking in registration fees etc Why did LA City send Vapors a letter telling them to shutdown, and then have the LAPD showup and not shut them down? You claim the ordinance wasn't effective then why did that letter get sent out from the City of LA!?
lamedicalmarijuana May 11, 2012 at 08:29 AM
@douglas gray Take a look at this ! CLEAR EVIDENCE OF CORRUPTION AND THE LAW NOT BEING APPLIED EQUALLY!! MICHARL LARSEN : The only thing worse than drug dealers in storefronts is corrupt cops supporting and protecting them. LA Medical Marijuana : Take a look at this documented FACT of corruption / protection for what I am stating! http://northhollywood.patch.com/articles/lapd-catches-alleged-robbers-on-roof-of-pot-shop The LAPD catches an alleged burglar on the rooftop of a pot shop named VAPORS that the city deemed was “illegal” and had been ORDERED TO SHUTDOWN or face having their doors padlocked <-- yet the LAPD arrests the burglars and instead of placing a padlock on the ILLEGAL POT SHOP VAPORS as is the LAW the LAPD lets them continue to operate despite the FACT that the city ordered them to shutdown.
lamedicalmarijuana May 11, 2012 at 08:30 AM
@LULAMAEE Take a look at this ! CLEAR EVIDENCE OF CORRUPTION AND THE LAW NOT BEING APPLIED EQUALLY!! MICHAeL LARSEN : The only thing worse than drug dealers in storefronts is corrupt cops supporting and protecting them. LA Medical Marijuana : Take a look at this documented FACT of corruption / protection for what I am stating! http://northhollywood.patch.com/articles/lapd-catches-alleged-robbers-on-roof-of-pot-shop The LAPD catches an alleged burglar on the rooftop of a pot shop named VAPORS that LA city deemed was “illegal” and had been ORDERED TO SHUTDOWN or face having their doors padlocked <-- yet the LAPD arrests the burglars and instead of placing a padlock on the ILLEGAL POT SHOP VAPORS as is the LAW the LAPD lets them continue to operate despite the FACT that the city ordered them to shutdown.
lamedicalmarijuana May 11, 2012 at 08:37 AM
@George Glass don't you love the latest line of BS Michael Larsen is trying to pull! Vapors an illegal pot shop was ordered to shutdown by LA City due to the passing of the Medical Marijuana Ordinance. LA City sent out official letters to a ton of pot shops ordering them to close. In addition to that LA City collected registartion fees from the pot shops that were trying to follow the rules of the new LA City MJ Ordinance. Now when a burglar alarm goes off on april 16, 2011 and the LAPD is called to a KNOWN illegal pot shops instead of padlocking the doors. LAPD arrests the burglars and allows vapors to stay open and continue doing business DESPITE the fact that LA City sent them a letter ordering them to close. Michael Larsen will try to tell you that the laws could not be enforced, or that they where hazy, or basically an EXCUSE for incompetence or not doing what should've been done so that the law was applied equally and fairly to all pot shops so as to AVOID CORRUPTION! LAPD is on the take from pot shops! look at Vapors and look at all this BS from City officials trying to make sure their palms continue to get greased!
Michael Larsen May 11, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Is Vapors still operating?
Morris Morr May 11, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Agreed! “It’s startling how many people come and go from here,” Kowalski remarked... It's startling how many bums and crackheads hang out around liquor stores. Liquor and Cigarettes kill people, and Marijuana heals.
Cricket May 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM
How did Ajay know to be there to take pictures? Do the cops call and tell people that they're about to raid shops before hand? That's kind of F'd up.
Ajay Singh (Editor) May 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Cricket—Eagle Rock has some pretty alert neighbors, especially around that particular mini mall.
Cricket May 15, 2012 at 07:19 PM
We called them nosey where I came from. Normally when I see cops working I just keep doing whatever it is am I doing, and try not to interfere, as their actions don't concern me. I guess the "alert neighbors" were just so overwhelmed with joy that they just had to ensure that the event was recorded for posterity on film. Perhaps this is where most of the objection/rhetoric is coming from. Nosey neighbors that are just waiting for a reason to jump on the proprietor for any indiscretion? Is there an email address or phone number I can reach you at to let you know whenever I see a police officer performing any of their other duties? I saw one yesterday performing what appeared to be a traffic stop, perhaps a seat belt violation.

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