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    Default Unbelievable: Riverside Cop Tricks Autistic Teen into Buying Pot

    This, to me, is just sickening.

    Riverside Cop Tricks Autistic Teen into Buying Pot

    "We felt like our family was totally violated by the sheriff's department and the school district," says Doug and Catherine Snodgrass of Temecula, California. Last December their 17-year-old autistic high school son was arrested after twice buying marijuana for an undercover Riverside county police officer.

    The undercover operation, titled "Operation Glass House," spanned a few months and included undercover officers in three area high schools: Chaparral, Temecula Valley, and Rancho Vista Continuation. The officers posed as regular high school students and would ask other students for drugs. Twenty-two students were arrested - the majority of them are reported to be special needs students like the Snodgrass' son.

    Their son, who wished to remain unnamed, is noticeably handicapped and has been diagnosed with autism as well as bipolar disorder, Tourettes, and several anxiety disorders.

    "Everyday is a challenge for him," says his father.

    Their son's list of disabilities have many in the community wondering why he was targeted in this undercover drug operation.

    The ordeal began on the first day of school last fall. The family had just moved to a new neighborhood and their son began his senior year at a new school, Chaparral High, in the Temecula Valley Unified School District. Their son rarely socialized, so his mom was thrilled when he announced that he had made a new friend in art class on the first day of school.

    "We were so excited. I told him he should ask his friend to come over for pizza and play video games," says Catherine Snodgrass, "but his new friend always had an excuse."

    His new friend, who went under the name of Daniel Briggs, was known as "Deputy Dan" to many students because it was so apparent to them that he was an undercover officer. However, to their son, whose disabilities make it hard for him to gauge social cues, Dan was his only real friend.

    Dan reportedly sent 60 text messages to their son begging for drugs. According to his parents, the pressure to buy drugs was too much for the autistic teen who began physically harming himself.

    The Snodgrass' son finally agreed to buy Dan the pot. Dan give him twenty dollars and it took him three weeks to buy a half joint of pot off a homeless man downtown. This happened twice. When Dan asked a third time, their son refused and Dan cut off all communication.

    "Our son was pretty broken up about that and he was back to having zero friends," says Doug Snodgrass.

    On December 11, 2012 armed police officers walked into their son's classroom and arrested him in front of his peers. He was taken to the juvenile detention center, along with the 21 other arrestees, where he was kept for 48 hours. First hand reports claim that the juvenile center was caught off guard by the large number of arrests and that some youths had to sleep on the floor, using toilet paper as pillows.

    Their son was also expelled from high school.

    The Snograss' hired a private attorney and took their case to court. In January, he was found not guilty due to extenuating circumstances. The judge had him undergo informal probation and perform 20 hours of community service.

    In March, an administrative judge ordered their son to be reinstated into school stating that the district had left their son "anxious and alone" to defend for himself against an undercover police officer.



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    Unreal.

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    F-ing disgraceful.

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    Interestingly, the more I am reading, the more I am realizing in the war on terror that these "foiled plots" where we were "never in danger" are about as real as this drug bust. Reason has done some work and there is a book on how they're doing this to people who never had a plot in mind--the FBI did.

    But this is the drug war right here. The feds hand out money and incentives to have a strong anti-drug presence at the local police level. The police love it because they get money for equipment, for the SWAT teams, etc.

    The community loves it because they open the newspaper and it says the police nabbed 22 drug dealers at the local high school. Sounds scary and the police "saved" the community.

    It's all bullshit.

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    I would really like to hear Deputy Dan's reasoning for targeting a special needs kid.
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    I am generally the voice that comes out of the woodwork to defend the police force and the hard work they do.

    Not this time. What a fucking tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I would really like to hear Deputy Dan's reasoning for targeting a special needs kid.
    It'll never happen! What it breaks down to, they just don't give a shit!

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    "Twenty-two students were arrested - the majority of them are reported to be special needs students like the Snodgrass' son. "


    great f'n work Deputy Fife....target the kids who are most vulnerable....cause isn't that what the mission of the police force is? or are you supposed to PROTECT those who are most vulnerable? Hmmmm

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    The general trend, not only in the USA, is a little worrying. Let's see...

    State surveillance into almost all aspects of people's lives
    Suppression and demonisation of free speech
    The homeless (let's call them gypsys) being arrested
    Ethnic minorities making up a disproportionately large part of the prison population
    Governments in thrall to corporations
    Profiling of particular ethnic/religious/idealogical groups
    Enigmatic leaders promising "the answer" to all of our problems, many people following
    Disarming of many populations
    Exposers of bad deeds (whistleblowers) being vilified and imprisoned
    The civil service becoming the largest employers in some countries
    Constant fear mongering about the "outside threat"
    and here, the disabled being targeted.

    Mmm. Where have we seen this before? No. Slips my mind.

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    Most UC's have a reason for such. I'd like to hear more about this operation. Hell if you're going to run a sting like this, this doesn't seem like a school to really hard on for a fucking pot bust. It's pot. Big fucking deal. In small numbers obviously. I can imagine if "they" really wanted to put a dent in some pot or drug school, fucking with a school like this doesn't make sense at all. Looks kind of bush league to me. Out.
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    yeah, not sure what the purpose of this operation was. I can see if the school was suspected of having drug dealers going undercover and see if you can get one of them to sell to you so you can bust them, but to try and encourage them to buy? We've got enough criminals that need arresting, why try to falsely create more?

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    what I love is that all the non special needs kids were so on to the guy that they called him Deputy Dan

    so the guy apparently targeted the clueless special needs kids

    and after three weeks of working on this kid, finally scored "half a joint" purchased from a homeless man LOL

    I bet that report went down really well in the squad room

    thank God he had a reasonable judge and access to a private attorney or this could have been much worse

    I hope Deputy Dan had been busted down to meter patrol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    what I love is that all the non special needs kids were so on to the guy that they called him Deputy Dan

    so the guy apparently targeted the clueless special needs kids

    and after three weeks of working on this kid, finally scored "half a joint" purchased from a homeless man LOL

    I bet that report went down really well in the squad room

    thank God he had a reasonable judge and access to a private attorney or this could have been much worse

    I hope Deputy Dan had been busted down to meter patrol
    I hope "Deputy Dan" has been busted down to scrounging for bottles and cans to raise change for a burger...

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    I'm guessing these directives came from commanding officers, which came from other superiors. When you make busts like this and have operations like this, you get money from the feds. It's pretty simple why you would want to do this. There is incentive.

 

 

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