We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).
The next time you Mr. or Ms. Civilian get hassled for smoking marijuana by any member of the LAPD I want you to say three words to the officer hassling you: Captain John Egan.
West Valley Area Captain III John Egan has cancer, or at least that’s what he told his superiors after he was caught in his office at the police department getting high on marijuana.
Again, according to LAPD insiders, his own colleagues, Captain Egan was sent home from work after being caught at the police station smoking a fat one. Fellow police officers walked past his office and questioned the smell coming out of it as one that was more than faintly familiar and one that should definitely not being coming from the Captain’s office. Ya think?
Captain Egan’s punishment didn’t last long however because he lawyered up.
The department ended up reversing its discipline of the Captain after his attorney told them his client has a valid medical marijuana card and a prescription.
All of which has really irritated many in the department.
Quoting one officer “well if that’s the case then we can all smoke it as long as we have a prescription and they can’t fire you.”
Another officer told me, “so now we have command staff smoking weed if they have a prescription, nice.”
As far as Chief Charlie Beck is concerned on the Egan situation, I was told that he is waiting on an opinion from the city attorney on what to do in light of California’s laws around medical marijuana.
This same cop also told me that, “this whole thing would change our department, totally. What message does it send to officers when one of your bosses is allowed to do it for whatever reason?”
I’ll add to that it wouldn’t be such a big deal if every car in the LAPD’s fleet didn’t have a D.A.R.E. sticker on the back of it. It seems a little hypocritical to me.
While I am very sympathetic to Captain Egan’s situation with cancer as I would be with anyone, I just can’t figure out how smoking marijuana, recreational or medicinal, in a Captain’s office at a police station is any kind of right. And if marijuana has such an adverse affect on us civilians as we’re always being told by the police, someone needs to explain to me the affect smoking weed has on a LAPD Captain’s abilities to do his job?
I was gonna get promoted to Commander but then I got high…
Now me personally, I don’t touch the stuff. In fact, I just resist drugs and violence every chance I get. But that’s just me.
If Captain Egan’s little situation interests you, consider attending the next meeting of the Police Commission on Tuesday. I’m sure they’d love to hear from you.