Most of the time, cops are the ones busting people for cannabis. But now, a Mississippi police chief allegedly caught smoking weed on camera knows what it feels like to be on the other end of prohibition laws.
Police Chief Suspended
At one point in the video, Flynt bragged about being a cop who loves weed.
“If this ain’t no cool shit,” he said in the recording. “Who the coolest here? Me! I’m the coolest here.”
He added: “I’m the only chief of police in Lumberton that likes to smoke weed.”
The man in the video is wearing normal clothes. But there appears to be a police uniform hanging up behind him.
So far, it is unclear exactly who filmed the video. It’s also unclear who leaked it. Authorities think it may have been filmed sometime last winter.
Somewhere along the line, however, it appears that city officials got their hands on the video. In mid-February, Chief Flynt was suspended with pay. At the time, city leaders and the mayor said the suspension was for personnel matters. But it now appears that it may have had something to do with the weed-smoking video.
Shortly after being suspended, Flynt submitted his resignation, but it was not accepted. He remains on suspension as officials investigate the video further.
Final Hit: Police Chief Allegedly Caught Smoking Weed On Camera
It appears that Flynt has not been disciplined beyond the suspension. Similarly, it appears that no legal actions have yet been taken against him.
The video has elicited a range of responses from city leaders. Many are disturbed by what the video depicts. For example, Mayor Quincy Rogers called the footage “quite disturbing,” and said he was “still trying to get over this video.”
Others are more sympathetic. “I currently support the police chief, yes I do,” board of alderman member Jonathan Griffith told reporters in Lumberton. “Everyone in life makes mistakes. And, so, it is our intent to make sure we investigate this matter properly.”
Even Flynt has weighed in. The suspended police chief allegedly caught smoking weed on camera took to Facebook to publish a statement:
“Please know that one video, one mistake, does not define the person I am, my moral or ethical values,” he wrote. “Just a thought. Where would we all be if we all had hidden cameras in our home? What would our neighbors, preachers, co-workers, friends, etc., think of our conversations?”
Ultimately, the entire drama can certainly be viewed as yet another instance in which prohibition creates problems where there otherwise aren’t any. And who knows, maybe if cops get a taste of their own war-on-drugs medicine more of them will get on board with legalization.
Either way, Flynt should consider himself lucky. He’s on paid leave for doing the exact same thing that millions of others—especially poor people and people of color—have been arrested and imprisoned for.