While marijuana might be on the backburner for the majority of NYPD officers, the plant is still, unfortunately, considered a Schedule I drug by our very own Federal government. Sure, the stigma surrounding it has largely decreased, but that doesn’t mean people in either legal or non-legal states can go around flaunting product.
Or, in this case, conspicuously weighing it on top of a police car.
However, that’s exactly what happened over the weekend, after a viral prank video caught the ire of several high-ranking NYPD members. It’s safe to say what was intended as a comedic video certainly didn’t receive the intended reaction amongst the boys in blue.
New York Comedians Post Themselves Weighing Weed on NYPD Squad Car
The video begins with a man in a white tee-shirt with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, weighing out some buds on the back of an NYPD squad car. The man filming the video is looking to purchase the eighth.
“You, you want an eighth?” asks the man in the video.
“Yeah, I want an eighth, bro,” replied the man behind the camera.
“That’s three point six for you,” the dealer says, pointing to the nugs of weed on the scale.
“That’s three point six for me? Oh yeah, you fuck with me bro,” the cameraman says before adding, “Yo, let’s get the fuck out of here!” The video pans away and promptly ends.
While the vehicle from the Brooklyn-based 83rd Precinct appears to be unoccupied, local police officers ultimately did not take kindly to the video.
“Even if it is a prank, the fact that they feel comfortable doing it there shows that there’s no respect for police,” an anonymous police officer said to the New York Post.
The video was recorded back on July 31st and credited to 29-year old Bushwick resident David Jimenez Jr. However, the 18-second clip didn’t go viral until this past Saturday, where it was picked up by the popular NYC-based Instagram page New York City Uncut.
Jimenez maintains that his intentions were not to disrespect law enforcement, but rather, to advocate legal weed. And garner a few laughs in the process.
“I wasn’t disrespecting anyone. I appreciate everything the NYPD does for the good of the community,” Jimenez said to the Post. “I don’t think police should be offended because there was no money exchanged. I’m more of a weed activist than a dealer. I was basically giving the weed away.”
“Someone was killed in the park a few days prior and everyone was uptight about it, so I thought it would be a good way to break the ice,” he added, per the New York Daily News.
The incident remains under investigation by the NYPD. Police say Jimenez could potentially face charges of criminal possession of marijuana if convicted.
NYC And Pot
While the stunt may or may not have crossed the line, it’s clear that marijuana is no longer the taboo drug it once was considered. New York City, in particular, is making strides to legalize the plant in all capacities. In fact, starting September 1st, the city will no longer be making petty marijuana arrests— something largely considered a step in the right direction.
“Every day, I ask our prosecutors to keep Manhattan safe and make our justice system more equal and fair,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. “The needless criminalization of pot smoking frustrates this core mission, so we are removing ourselves from the equation.”