Articles Tagged: Police

The prosecutor accepted my extortion money and dismissed my charges

July 24th, 2015 | By Pirate

I wrote my public defender Mr. Riley Fry, and the Prosecutor Mr. Ian Johnson on my case today.  While I was researching my case and learning that my charges got dismissed, I found another fresh incidence of police misconduct in Pocatello today, from an incident that happened on July 10th 2015 where a detective came up to an alleged suspect who was already detained, and used brutal force by elbowing him in the face while he was already under control.   That officer is facing charges, but I think that the officer in my case Officer Tyler Evans had perpetrated some of his own misconduct in my case.


This is what I wrote today;

To Prosecutor Ian Johnson, and Public Defender Mr. Riley Fry,

I see that my charges have been dismissed, and my extortion money has been cashed for a crime that I didn’t commit.

What I think is amazing, is that I am accusing the police of misconduct right now, in not protecting the victim (me and my son) of an assault that happened at my house, by a man who admitted to instigating the fight.
Detective Steven Westfall Pocatello Police

Detective Steven Westfall Pocatello Police

That thin blue line is getting crossed daily.
In 2013, we had reached over 1 million people with our own websites, reference;
And now that I have been thoroughly abused by Pocatello police, I will not stop my focus on that police department.  In my opinion, they are out of control.
I have several radio interviews lined up in the coming weeks to talk about my experience with Pocatello police.
Also, you will be able to read about this in my newspaper that is coming out in Pocatello in the coming weeks to every doorstep;
I had a sponsor step up to fund our next newspaper.
I do think the Mr. Riley Fry could have done more to get this case dismissed, and probably shouldn’t have missed my court date.
Five days before Mr. Fry missed my court date, I had actually released a broadcast to 50 radio stations announcing that I believed that he would miss my court date;
Ref:    (see the date, June 13th 2015, when I uploaded that video, and 5 days later on June 18th 2015, of course my court date was missed, despite that Mr. Fry and his secretary on two separate occasions assured me that I would have representation)
Also what I find funny in my case, is that I recorded on March 20th 2015, that police often lose evidence.   Which I had requested discovery evidence on March 6th, and I was still waiting for it on March 20th, it did not come to me until March 26th.   But on March 20th, I talk about how police often lose evidence.  They lost or willfully withheld the recorded police calls where Officer Tyler Evans threatened me that if I pressed charges on Joe Radeck for assaulting and injuring myself and my 3 year old son AT MY OWN HOME, that he would retaliate and press charges on me.    Officer Evans recorded other conversations with people in this case, but willfully withheld that evidence in my discovery request.  Which is a violation of my rights.    See the video that I made about this here;   (notice the date, 6 days before I received my discovery evidence)
There is a major problem in the Pocatello police department and the prosecutors office.   The retalitory actions of the police are very evident,
I now have that recording available of officer Evans threatening to try to suppress me from filing charges against the man who assaulted me.  We were able to fix my old phone, and I have that information now available, which I will be releasing on my radio interviews and my newspaper coming up.
If only the prosecutors office would have saw fit to dismiss my charges, and not extort me out of $100.  I wouldn’t be so pissed off.
But I did nothing wrong, and the person who assaulted me and my 3 year old son, did not face the battery charges that he should have.  Justice was not served.
Very Sincerely,
  Ryan Thompson
Pocatello Disorderly Conduct Charges Dismissed

Pocatello Disorderly Conduct Charges Dismissed

And since my previous formal complaints had went unresponded to by Pocatello Police, maybe they will take this more serious now.
I made a formal complaint again with Pocatello Police against Officer Tyler Evans today 07/24/2015
I included the message above that I wrote to the prosecutor.  I sent this to the Police Department and the Mayor’s Office.
“I would like to file a formal complaint against Officer Tyler Evans for violating my rights.I wrote the prosecutor today with this message; …”   (see the message above)
Pocatello Police Complaint formal_complaint_pocatello Pocatello_Police_Complaint
When I sent the prosecutor their desired extortion money, I wrote them this on June 29th 2015;

To: Mr. Riley Fry

Bannock County Public Defenders Office

PO BOX 4147
Pocatello, ID 83205

From: Ryan Thompson

*************  (address censored)

Mr. Fry,

I am sending the requested bond forfeiture money order that was requested to you of me by the Prosecutor’s office.

I am sending this money in duress in lieu of a trial, as I am 2600 miles away, and I have upcoming surgery for my orthopedic implants this summer. The fact the finances and distance is a concern for me being a disabled man without employment at the moment, I have to concede to give the bond forfeiture money up to the prosecutor based on my situation, and not at all because I am in the least bit guilty.

They are charging me with “inciting a fight”. I have the conversation now available of the police officer who called me, and threatened me with retailiation if I pursued charges against Joseph Radeck for assault and battery. He only was willing to charge me with “disorderly conduct” based on a facebook message IF I pursued said charges. I carried through with pressing charges of Assault and Battery and officer Evans followed through with his retalitory threat.

It is extremely clear based on the discovery evidence (what little that I was given) that Joe Radeck took accountability for instigating the fight, and for pursuing me to my house, and assaulting me. So I did nothing to incite a fight, it was brought to me.

Secondly, it is extremely clear that the Supreme Court has in fact already made a decision on a similar matter where a man was charged with threatening his ex-wife with murder and violence on facebook, but the Supreme Court ruled that this speech was protected by the 1st Amendment. My speech was only to offer the person who assaulted myself and my 3 year old son a different venue for a fight that he clearly told police was something that he wanted and that he pursued. I did this to protect my family, from having the same violence show up at my doorstep again. I offered sport boxing in a regulated boxing ring at the local boxing club. Boxing is not a crime it is a sport, and offering a different venue for a fight that the other party wanted is not a threat and is not a crime.


I feel that this bond forfeiture option is the only option that I have, because I can not miss my doctor’s appointments, as I am in a ton of pain right now, and I need surgery. Pushing it out any farther in order to be at court puts me in duress, because the pain is taking precendence over being in court on July 23rd 2015. Based on my two upcoming doctor’s appointments one in July and the other in August here in Maine, I can not possibly travel to Idaho due to limitation on finances and prior engagements.

I am including this Money Gram money order, payable to Bannock County, for the bond forfeiture that is requested by the prosecutor.

Here is a copy, and I am also including the money order with this postal mail to the address that you gave me via phone on June 22nd 2015.

Bannock County Public Defender
PO BOX 4147
Pocatello, Idaho 83205

Also please note to the prosecutor’s office that I would be willing to go to trial on this at the end of August. But I can not get there before then. And at the end of August, I may be medically unable to travel if my surgery is scheduled like it is presumed to be at this point.

But that is why I am under duress. I do not think that justice is being served. I also think that the other party should have been charged with assault and battery for assaulting and harming myself and my 3 year old son.


Ryan Thompson

(My phone is not working correctly at the moment. My email address is ***email censored *** )

BTW-  I had to find out for myself that my case had finally been dismissed, by going to;

I haven’t heard a lick from my attorney or the prosecutor.   But I did confirm that the charges were dismissed.

Please write the Pocatello Police or call them and let them know that this police misconduct is un-acceptable!  They work for us, they swore an oath to PROTECT and SERVE!

Civil Rights Violated in Pocatello Idaho – For Immediate Release

June 12th, 2015 | By Pirate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – A Man’s Civil RIghts Violated in Pocatello Idaho

On February 16th 2015 the Pocatello police responded to a call to my house over a situation of assault and battery. A family member came to my house and assaulted me over a minor family dispute with a 3rd party.  He also hurt my 3 year old son in the process.

The police officer gave me the option to press charges for battery, and I told him “no, this is family”.

In speaking with the officer, he told me that “facebook messages are not illegal” and that “offering to box someone is not illegal”. (I have the discovery evidence which includes and audio recording of this conversation)

Also if you want to hear the entire story, I have supplied the discovery evidence, and the recorded police interviews here;

So after the police officer left, I wrote on facebook to the perpetrator and said; “If you want to fight me, there is a boxing ring here in town. I’ll meet you there any time you want.”

I was not threatening him, or intimidating him. In fact, with his interview (that is part of the discovery evidence) he admitted to the police that he (the perp) originally offered and advised me of a fist fight, and that “he does things old school”.  I was simply offering a venue to fight OTHER THAN my home where my family resides.  I wanted to let the perp know that there are better places to take care of that, IF HE STILL WANTED TO FIGHT.   But it was not acceptable to do it at my home.

Looking at the perp’s record, and his step-son’s (the step-son was the instigator) record in the public court repository, these two have a criminal records of one of them that includes “assault and battery with a deadly weapon”, “phone threats and harassment” and the other of “stalking” and assault. I have a fairly clean record for the past 20 years. When I was a teen I got a pot ticket for simple possession, and since then I have had a hand full of traffic infractions. But nothing else.  (7 of those traffic citations came from over zealous police in Pocatello in less than a 12 month period of time. 2 of those citations were for parking on own property, and those citations were thrown out)

So the next day, the police officer called me and referenced my facebook message, and told me “you can no longer file charges against the (perpetrator) since you wrote this message”. I responded, “you told me yesterday that I have a year to file charges, so since he is using you to harass me, that I do now want to file charges”. The officer responded “if you file battery charges on him, then I will file disorderly conduct charges on you”.
I responded “fine lets do that then”.  (he did not provide documentation of that phone conversation though, however I may have it on my broken phone, because I record all of my calls.  But my phone broke shortly after this incident.  I am still working on retrieving that info)

They did not file battery charges on the man that assaulted me. But instead they gave him “disorderly conduct charges” for assaulting me, which he plead guilty to. They also gave me the same charge.

This man who assaulted me was told (documented) to stay away from us. He came over anyway. He assaulted us. He even admitted it to the police. But they wouldn’t press “battery” charges on him, and they retaliated against me too.

I was running a newspaper in Pocatello Idaho, and in my 3rd Quarter release of my newspaper, I criticized their police budget and their purchasing of military vehicles. I also spoke out against the drug war (like I do in every newspaper). I believe this is why the police are retaliating against me, even though I have done nothing wrong.  I received more harassment via traffic stops in that city in less than 12 months while we lived there, than I have received in my ENTIRE LIFE.


They offered me a $200 bond forfeiture deal, but I refused it, because I am not guilty. I recorded that conversation too. Reference to my discovery evidence:

Pocatello Idaho regulates facebook messages… by xcannabis


I am trying to run a crowd funding campaign, so that I can travel from Maine to Idaho to have this jury trial. Please help me get the word out. More information can be found here;

My phone numbers are; 208-269-8410 an 207-213-7443

Ryan Thompson

Also reference;


June 11th, 2015 | By Pirate

On February 16th 2015 A man gets charges for defending his family in Pocatello Idaho, when he is attacked at his home by another man. Ryan Thompson was assaulted in his home after telling a family member to stay away. The person who assaulted Ryan came into his home, grabbed him, and choked him, but not before stepping on Ryan’s three (3) year old son hurting him badly. When Ryan called the police to report the incident, the police asked Ryan if he would like to file battery charges. Ryan declined saying “it’s family”. After the police officer left, Ryan wrote the family member and asked him to stay away from his house, and advised the perpetrator that if he still wanted to fight, that Ryan would meet him in the boxing ring, rather than the perpetrator coming to Ryan’s house to assault his family. The perpetrator then called the police to report Ryan for the message. When the police officer called Ryan to talk about the message. Ryan then decided to press charges for the assault the previous day. The police officer said that if Ryan filed charges, that Ryan would also get charges. Ryan decided to file charges to put an end to the harassment by this family. Ryan now is facing a misdemeanor for “disorderly conduct” for offering a different location to fight. Listening to the police interview of Ryan, the police advised Ryan that “offering to box is NOT a crime”. However, that changed the next day, when Ryan was charged with a crime for sending a facebook message. This case has two implications. 1. That a person can not defend themselves, not even in their own home 2. That sending a message on social media to offer a sporting event is crime A person should be able to defend themselves in their own home, and a facebook message about boxing should not violate any laws. Ryan Thompson’s first amendment rights have been violated, and Ryan eventually sold his home at a $30,000 loss to leave the town where police insist on creating crimes out of self defense. Ryan needs to fight the charges waged against him, and then Ryan needs to speak to a civil rights attorney about a case against the city of Pocatello Idaho, for failing to protect and serve, and for violating Ryan’s civil rights. Ryan left his home and moved his family 2600 miles across the country fearing more retaliation by the Police and by the perpetrator that assaulted his family. See this video which has a conversation between Ryan and his Public Defender, and then the interview between Ryan and the Police and the perpetrator and the police.

On a side note, the persecutor offered Ryan a “deal” but Ryan intends to take this case to court, in order to protect civil liberties rather than just avoiding penalties. The extortion that the prosecutor offered is basically “give us money, and this all goes away”. Ryan refused the offer based on principle.

Ryan is disabled from a car accident that almost killed him in May of 2013, where the drunk driver that hit him died, and Ryan has been rebuilt with titanium implants in his leg and ankle, and his should has been rebuilt with fiberwire and a rotator cuff repair.  Ryan has been unemployed since the accident two years ago and has a family of 6.
Ryan Thompson is raising $3500 for his defense fund;

Standing up or sitting down

April 11th, 2011 | By Pirate

Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (adminstrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.  -Thomas Jefferson


We have been so blessed to know so many who stand up for their freedom.   We wanted to thank Tim and Gina for standing up and redressing grievances with their local officials.  This is an age old duty that everyone is tasked with.  Too bad some people ignore the calling.   But I congratulate these two very sweet souls for caring and stepping up to the plate, I have been deeply inspired by them and so many people in Washington.  The people in this state are truly the reason that I call Washington home, and I always will.

This is from the March 7th City Council meeting (2011) in Spokane WA.

I’d rather stand up for the challenge rather than sit down for the show in most cases.
Lately I’ve been feeling pretty stressed out by what are changing about my rights in this country.
I have had some serious objections to how freedoms are changing, and how authoritarian figures are increasing their rule.
I have tried in the past to be very active and involved in declaring my freedom.  It seems that it is always a very high stress level that I commit myself to, I hate taken a back seat to the actions taken to work on my freedom.  Sitting down just doesn’t work for me.
So I have done what little I can do, with having a full family and more on the way, as well as with our ever changing situation, it has been hard to be active when I am feel called to action more than ever.   With the new expenses and the new baby that have introduced their selves in our lives as of late, I have been taking more hours of work.  Which means less hours working on the initiatives that I am currently working on.
But with my extra hours, I do try to do what I can from home, including making materials to promote the agendas, and posting easy to access information for people to read online and in the local classifieds papers.
But I only have a few signatures to show for my efforts, and that makes my kind of depressed and critical of my work.
Kimi on the other hand has been able to put lots of petitions in people’s hands, from Spokane to Ellensburg, several businesses and volunteers have petitions, and even though we won’t be around to pick most of these up, everyone knows that there is an address on the petitions to send them in directly to Sensible Washington.  So hopefully those seeds produce great fruit.   Kimi has filled up a few petitions herself.  But it seems like it’s going to come down to the wire on Initiative 1149.
We have heard of an event that Sensible Washington is putting on for 4/20 in Spokane, and there is a huge reggae show on Spokane.  We have added a lot of things to the calendar that people can attend and get signatures at.  Big events are the best place for signatures.  Lines work well as people have nothing else better to do but sign something they care about.

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.

Let not the sun go down on your wrath

June 22nd, 2010 | By Pirate

Ephesians 4:26

Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath:

So it is written.  This scripture is a more of a recipe for good health.   Anger has wore me out over this past week.

I can tell when I have strayed from the Lord.  Its when it takes me a week to forgive someone.

I can’t remain mad.  I am going to have to eat my losses and move on from this.

I have hope in the almighty that He will make things right.  In good time.

Rev Ryan

<< Matthew 5:9 >>

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

BTW-  I do have some very interesting video either way, and I am still willing to pay anyone for video if they have any of this event. 
Specifically the young lady who walked with me past the old man who screamed at me,  and also your friend who called my wife to tell her I was in jail.   Please contact me.  I still have to appear in court.
I need your statement, even if you don’t have video.

Ephesians 4:26

Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath:

So it is written.  This scripture is a more of a recipe for good health.   Anger has wore me out over this past week.

I can tell when I have strayed from the Lord.  Its when it takes me a week to forgive someone.

I can’t remain mad.  I am going to have to eat my losses and move on from this.

I have hope in the almighty that He will make things right.  In good time.

Rev Ryan

<< Matthew 5:9 >>

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

BTW-  I do have some very interesting video either way, and I am still willing to pay anyone for video if they have any of this event. 
Specifically Megan C. who walked with me past the old man who screamed at me,  and also your friend who called my wife to tell her I was in jail.   Please contact me.  I still have to appear in court.
I need your statement, even if you don’t have video.

Getting arrested for excercising free speech in Utah

June 13th, 2010 | By Pirate

I am trying to gather video from my arrest today, to show exactly how I was abused and how my rights were violated by the Springville Utah. I asked several folks to film what happened and they did. Now I just need that video for my hearings. Please send the video to please.

Pictures of the handcuff marks that are clearer than the video that I took with my camera phone.
My phone’s video camera is only a 1.3 megapixel camera, so the quality is poor.
Apparently my Sony video camera got broken during this escapade.  It worked 20 minutes before the arrest.  =(

Thanks for everyone who stood up for freedom today!

BTW go to to see other video that I have made during protests. It seems like its only Utah that disregards free speech rights! Shame on Utah authorities who operate this way!!

P.S. Using my phone for typing, please excuse the sloppiness. I am unable to edit posts until I get back to an actual computer.


Music from my childhood

January 31st, 2010 | By Pirate

When I was a rough tough teen, this was my cup of java.
Social Distortion made it to the top of the 90’s most sought punk rock bands, getting regularly booked at little and large gigs that were the spices of life for thousands of old and young people all over the world.   One of my first tattoos was of the Social D dancing skeleton logo.  I never tattooed any other band’s logo on me.  I never tattooed any other name.   Just symbols, words, fish and my brother Justin’s face.

But Social Distortion inspired me so much that I got their logo tattooed on me, as seen in the picture below.
Social Distortion

I just heard a new song from this band, well new to me anyway.  I really like it.  It’s live, so it’s probably difficult for some to hear it.  But these were the shows I went to all my life, so it comes in quite clear to me.

Angle’s Wings

This is another favorite of mine from this band:
I fought the law (cover)

I grew up believing my life was hard, and this music helped me vent.
I know of a lot of people who had it a whole helluva lot worse than I had it.
For instance, look at the horror that people are suffering in Haiti right now!

But I wrote about my life story at   While this story doesn’t have
a lot to do with marijuana.  At that point in my life, marijuana was both my pain and my happiness.
Pain from spending nearly 8 months total in jail over a 2-3 year period of time.
For nothing more than possession of marijuana, I got locked up over an over.
This victimless ‘crime’ only fueled my jaded attitude and dark view of the world.

I fortunately survived without killing myself, and I am so glad that I did.
I love my family so much, I have the most amazing kids!
But my youngest brother Justin didn’t make it.
He killed himself at age 16.
See this post that I made in November last year.

Justin was also a persecuted cannabis smoker, and was regularly harassed by the police.
Which didn’t help his attitude or his social life.
Having the police constantly harassing you in a place like Utah
where just about everything fun is illegal, or forbidden by the Mormon church, including the exclusion of coffee and tea!
Makes it hard to get dates, and hard to have friends. 
This is my brother’s memorial site:
I miss him, hurts like hell!

In Utah,  where anti-depressant abuse is an epidemic, where studies have shown Utah uses twice as much as the national average of anti-depressants and pain killers.  
All that is fine in Utah.  But medicating yourself with a safe, natural herb is forbidden and shamed.

When I listen to Social D, it brings back so many memories and emotions.

Anyway, time for a fatt bowl!  Cheers to old times, and old friends!

Core reasons why I am active about my beliefs

January 19th, 2010 | By Pirate

I can think of hundreds of reasons for why I do what I do.  I could list them all and feel ever so vindicated.   But that is really what it boils down to, is that I was arrested and locked up when I was just a teenager for simple possession.
I went through the courts, and spent time in very uncomfortable jail cells.  I didn’t have a long record with exception to marijuana.
I worked from the time I was 14 years old until I was 15 and bought my first car with cash before I was even old enough to drive.
I paid taxes, I volunteered for the March of Dimes 3 years in a row from 12-15 years old.  I walked (skateboarded) 20 miles and collected dozens of sponsors to help with birth defects.  
I always tried to be a good person.  I think I fell short a few times, but I don’t think that my behavior warranted incarceration and career hurdles such as being banned from service in the military.

Now we see places like Denver, Seattle, Hailey ID, and even Big Water Utah decriminalizing possession of marijuana, and now with New Jersey there is 14 medical marijuana states.  We have found that marijuana does not cause serious illness or death.  It is being proven that cannabis cures aggressive cancers.   I think that the changing of the times is a breath of fresh air for millions of people in the USA that have served time for a victimless crime in the name of another failed “war”.  Marijuana is a plant, its not a crime!

I am so thankful for all of those who fight for what you believe in.  I am so thankful for our founding fathers, and for the words in the 10th Amendment that still seem to mean something.  I am even grateful for President Obama.  That he appears to have kept his word about marijuana.  And despite that I disagree with him on other important topics, I am glad that he is attempting to keep his word about decriminalizing marijuana.

I have fun toying with ideas of cannabis related businesses, and I love to go to rallies and all that.  I think that even if cannabis gets legalized in Washington where I currently live.  I will still travel to Utah, Idaho and Arizona to organize rallies and get things moving there.  After those states legalize, Im going to retire for awhile.  But for now, Im happy enough to be a part of things, even if only a small part.

People often offer gratitude to people who fight for their rights.  I get compliments from time to time.  But I say, save the words and just stand up for your own rights.  It’s my pleasure to stand up for my rights and things that are important to me.  But our government needs our input if any of us are going to be free.  It is important to not lose sight of what needs to take place.
Cheering for Marc Emery, or Eddy Lepp, or Charles Lynch is great, and it’s just about as helpful as cheering for a football game.

Instead of cheering.  How about we rise to the occasion and actually do something about the condition of our freedoms!

Recently Adam, a contributor to xCannabis and a cool guy to toke with started his own blog.  He has a lot of commentary and constructive input to offer the uninformed citizen.  We have linked his site a few times now, and he is on our blog roll.
There are several other people who have started great blogs and radio stations, and chat rooms that help bring awareness to the cause , big ups to them too!

All of that is good!   But I think what would be a really effective way to get the message out is to follow NORML and check out when their demonstrations are, and find information on how to contact your local officials  (see the right of xCannabis for links) then attend the demonstrations often, and write your politicians often.

BTW- I think I may offend people sometimes when I get passionate about thing that I believe in.  Truly, that’s not my intention.  Thanks for reading!   Time to enjoy harvest.  😀

Freedom Rally in Salt Lake City July 25th, marijuana legalization in Utah!

July 13th, 2009 | By Pirate

Shawn Fluewelling is facing felony charges for simply possessing marijuana in his home in Boise Idaho last year.

Shawn Fluewelling is a minister of the THC Ministry Hawai’i.
(, and was ordained by Roger Christie.

Cannabis is his religious sacrament and a medicine that he uses. He was not harming anyone by possessing marijuana for his own personal use in his home.

Please reach out to Shawn. Click here for more information.
Shawn is a member at xCannabis as well.

See the video from the news clip here
This is an innocent young man. He has not hurt or intended on hurting anyone by his alleged “crime”.


Please show your support for Shawn at the Cannabis Legalization rally at the Salt Lake State Capitol on July 25th in Utah.
We need support from everyone everywhere on this one!!

Here is the information about the rally:

When a town in Utah does something very noble!

June 18th, 2009 | By Pirate

This is history by about 8 years now, but back in 2001 the little town of 400 people in Utah named “Big Water” passed an ordinance that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana to a $10 fine (under 1 oz), and possession of paraphernalia a $5 fine.

The motive behind this says mayor Willie Marshall “Our ordinance made justice affordable for everybody,” said Marshall. “Let the punishment fit the crime.”

Under Utah law, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, as well as a six-month drivers license suspension. Under state law, paraphernalia possession nets the same maximum six months and $1,000. According to a newspaper article about this situation that can be found at this link:

I agree with Mayor Willie Marshall, and even though I think a $10 fine is too much for a victimless crime, I believe his intentions were in the right place, and I think you will find the city of Denver Colorado agrees, where it is legal (no fines) for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

Ruining people’s life forever, putting a misdemeanor on their record which denies them the ability for scholarships, military service, working at certain jobs, etc..  for a victimless crime is insane.  A $1000 fine for possessing a plant that has never killed anyone in all of history?
This would be like making drinking from a drinking fountain a misdemeanor punishable with jail time and a $1000 fine.  Based on harm, and social impact, marijuana is no more of a threat than drinking water!

Bravo to this courageous mayor and this courageous city council.  It’s only too bad that these ordinances were later repealed, and that at least one officer is recorded and reprimended for threatening the city council members.

Utah Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Giles blew up at local officials, Marshall said, in an account whose broad contours were confirmed by regional Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Lynn McAfee. “Once the police heard about this, they hit the ceiling, the Kane County sheriff and the Highway Patrol were just enraged,” said Marshall. “They do a lot of intimidating people into letting them search their cars. But Officer Nathan Giles was especially bent out of shape. He came in and yelled at the town clerk. ‘Who’s the dope-smoking son of a bitch who wrote this ordinance?’ Giles yelled. And then he made threats. ‘All hell is going to break loose in Big Water,’ he told her,” Marshall said.

Two weeks after the ordinance passed, UHP started harassing members of the entire town of Big Water:

On December 7, two weeks after the ordinance was passed, the town was hit with an “enforcement blitz” by Highway Patrol and Kane County Sheriff’s officers. “They were ticketing everyone for anything,” said Marshall. “They had a half dozen Highway Patrol cars out there pulling people over for no seat belt, failure to signal, anything they could think of.”

Which was confirmed by Lt. McAfee of the Utah Highway Patrol.

But this wasn’t the end of it, and as you guessed, this all has to do with police funding and getting revenue from these so-called crimes.

But Giles wasn’t done. “Then he went over to the water board office, where one of the council members works, while on-duty and in uniform and started arguing with her,” Marshall said, “telling her the ordinance was unconstitutional, that we had to repeal it, that the Highway Patrol could just stop writing tickets in our town, basically threatening to cut off a source of town funding. Not that we’re a speed trap,” Marshall quickly added. “Giles was very threatening and his behavior was very inappropriate.”

This is Utah life under a huge microscope in relation to the ‘drug war’.  No drug war equals no police funding.  It’s not about harm reduction, it’s about revenue!

This isn’t a war on drugs, this is a war on the American people!

Another Reference from a local newspaper: