DEA Must Pay $3 Million In 2010 Killing Of LA Teen
Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
A federal judge Tuesday awarded $3 million to the family of an 18-year-old Los Angeles honors student who was gunned down by undercover DEA agents in a parking garage in 2010. But the judge also ruled the officers were not negligent in their actions.
Zachary Champommier died when he drove into a Studio City shopping center parking lot to meet a friend. Also in the parking lot were a group of undercover officers, including DEA agents and LA County sheriff’s deputies and LAPD officers who had been deputized by the DEA.
The cops were discussing a search warrant they had just served when they observed Champommier’s friend walking in the parking garage. Suspecting the friend was breaking into cars, they detained him. When Champommier drove up, he saw his friend being accosted by people he didn’t know and attempted to drive away from possible trouble.
Officers claimed that Champommier’s vehicle struck a deputy as he attempted to leave the scene. Officers opened fire, killing the 18-year-old honor student and “band geek.”
Both the DEA and the LA County Sheriff’s Department said the shooting was justifiable because Champommier had tried to run down an officer.
“The nature of [Champommier's] aggressive actions, actually hitting the deputy — that is not someone who is without some degree of fault,” Sheriff Lee Baca said shortly after the shooting.
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Reefer Sadness: You can smoke it, but you can't buy it
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, August, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER – Colorado and Washington state have both legalized the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana -- but while a majority of voters supported the change at the polls last year, there is currently no outright legal way to buy non-medical marijuana.
That's because the stores that reefer advocates hope will be the next big thing for the free-smoking movement could be shut out in many communities.
In Colorado, an option was built into constitutional Amendment 64 -- which technically legalized the drug -- for cities and towns to opt out.
So far, at least 51 municipal councils have voted to prohibit marijuana-selling stores. And more than 20 have enacted some kind of moratorium to buy more time, according to the Colorado Municipal League (CML) which is keeping tabs on which way towns are going.
Colorado Springs is the state's second-largest city and has medical marijuana, but the city council recently voted 5-4 to opt out of allowing retail stores as well as facilities for cultivation, manufacturing or testing. Don Knight, a councilman who voted with the majority, explained that potential tax revenue was not enough to justify other likely losses. "The input of $3.9 million that recreational marijuana would have given us, compared to the loss of tens of millions dollars, in either military or tourism, just didn't provide a balance sheet to me," he said.
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