SANTA ANA, Calif., June 12 (UPI) -- Security camera footage from a police raid on a California marijuana dispensary shows officers eating suspected pot edibles and joking about abusing an amputee.
Footage posted to YouTube from the May 27 raid at Sky High Collective in Santa Ana shows the raiding officers disabling security cameras and video monitors in the business, but they missed some equipment that continued to record their actions inside the pot shop.
A bald officer can be seen in the video eating something from a bag and sharing it with another officer, who asks him, "What flavor?"
The substance being eaten is unclear in the video, by Sky High workers said the officers were snacking on the store's marijuana edibles.
Maria James, a volunteer at the store, is an amputee who uses a wheelchair. The video shows James, who is also legally blind, being escorted out of the back of the business by officers.
Warning: Video contains strong language
After James is out of the store, an officer asks a female colleague: "Did you punch that one-legged old Benita?"
"I was about to kick her in her [expletive] nub," the female officer replies.
James said she was shocked when she saw the footage.
"When I saw the video it almost made me cry," she told CBS Los Angeles. "She doesn't know what it's like to not have a leg. I still have have phantom pains."
Santa Ana police said the video is being investigated by officials.
"Obviously, we're concerned about what we saw in this edited video. Anytime we get an allegation or indication that our officers might be engaged in misconduct, we want to make sure we conduct a thorough administrative investigation," Santa Ana police Cmdr. Chris Revere told KABC-TV.
Revere said the police chief "will make the appropriate disciplinary recommendation if it's warranted."
The raid was carried out at Sky High, along with raids on other dispensaries, amid an ongoing legal battle over the city's implementation of a lottery system for awarding dispensary licenses.
Matthew Pappas, a lawyer representing James, said his client is suing the police department on allegations of police misconduct. Pappas, who edited the video and released it to the public, said several police actions recorded in the video will be included in the lawsuit.