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  •  They were all eligible to be arrested (2+ / 0-)
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    otto, DebtorsPrison

    Although I do not fully agree with someone being arrested for personal use of marijuana, anyone doing so was breaking the law and eligible to be arrested. Therefore, I have no problem with the police--in your view--seeming to target some individuals more than others. It would not be unreasonable for officers to target apparent leaders/organizers of illegal activities, who they could possibly get information from or file additional charges against or could then discourage from organizing other lawbreaking activities. It is also not unreasonable for officers to target people they can make an example of because they are better known so that the story is newsworthy and thus more likely to send a message deterring others. Finally, maybe they targeted people who looked better able to afford legal representation.

    I don't care that they chose to arrest some people over others, rather than try to arrest everyone. Simply smoking marijuana in a park does not seem like a serious enough crime to me that anyone should be arrested, so if the officers are left with no choice but to do what the law requires them to do, far better to decide to arrest a few prominent people breaking the law to hopefully send a message that will get out there and discourage others from activity that will leave the police no choice but to prohibit.

    I certainly have no problem with the police using a minor offense as an excuse to pick up a guy who is actively promoting much greater illegal and potentially dangerous activity. It is like holding someone on a driving offense to provide enough time to gather enough evidence to file charges for someone's more dangerous crimes. It is called policing, and I don't have a problem with it.

    Proud Aspie mom of an LGBT kid and some Aspies.

    by CatM on Sun May 19, 2013 at 08:32:04 AM PDT

    •  I support much of this (2+ / 0-)
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      CatM, DebtorsPrison

      The stuff you say is true.  

      I also see it as a logical outcome that if you are "the man," you are going to be "the man they arrest."

      But, smoking marijuana in itself does not rise to the level of dangerous activity that is required to arrest people.  

      However, the laws are as they are.  Officers are not supposed to pick and choose when to apply the law.  So when the leader of the group engages in civil disobedience, of course he's gonna be the one they arrest.

      I'd suggest that anyone who is crying for him must not understand that getting arrested at this sort of event is pretty much the best thing that can happen to a high profile figure.  Especially, when that figure is an activist, and the public opinion on marijuana is what it is.

      Streichholzschächtelchen

      by otto on Sun May 19, 2013 at 09:16:20 AM PDT

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      •  That is also a good point (3+ / 0-)
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        DebtorsPrison, gramofsam1, otto

        Many activists are able to use such an arrest to generate more support for their cause, which factors into their decision to take the risk. Without the arrest, would a handful of guys smoking pot in a park one afternoon do anything to further their goal of making personal use of marijuana legal? Probably not.

        Proud Aspie mom of an LGBT kid and some Aspies.

        by CatM on Sun May 19, 2013 at 10:19:55 AM PDT

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