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One cop issued 80 percent of the marijuana tickets in Seattle this year

He's been reassigned.
By Evan Bleier   |   July 31, 2014 at 11:19 AM   |   Comments

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SEATTLE, July 31 (UPI) -- The Seattle Police Department has reassigned an officer who seemingly made it his personal crusade to provide city residents with pot citations.

After a review found that one officer was responsible for 80 percent of all marijuana tickets issued in the city between January 1 and June 30, he was reassigned.

There were 83 citations issued during that time period and the officer handed out 66 of them.




The ex-West Precinct Bike Unit officer would commonly write notes on tickets to Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes by calling him "Petey Holmes."

That's not all.

In one instance, "the officer indicated he flipped a coin when contemplating which subject to cite," according to the SPD.

He also indicated that he thought Washington's new marijuana laws were "silly."

"I am personally very sorry that apparently a significant number of homeless individuals were inconvenienced by an officer's apparent attempt to get at me. But I'm really sorry that our citizens were unnecessarily inconvenienced," Holmes said in statement, KOMO reported.

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