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Dirty snitches earn $50 for fingering fellow students smoking pot

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  1. bewilderment
    From boingboing:
    Doug says: "Every year on 4/20, students and residents gather on Farrand Field at CU Boulder to defy the authorities and smoke marijuana publicly. This year, the University of Boulder Police Department fought back by taking pictures of as many participants as possible. They have a website with photos up, offering an $50 reward to anyone who positively identifies someone who was photographed. Nothing about what the authorities plan to do with the information is posted. Scary." Link to the site.

Comments

  1. Pinkavvy
    wow, that's fucked up. It would be hard for them to be presecuted for anything more than trespassing, as it looks like tobacco being smoked in those pics... prove otherwise. Of course, so many kids, after being identified and not knowing their rights, will probably confess to it.
  2. klaatu
    As a Brit it does make me say to myself "What the f*ck are you Americans doing to yourselves???"

    The idea that the Authorities are asking Joe Public to grass on fellow citizens based on photos posted on a public web site. It's George Orwell's 1984 made real.

    Weren't you all supposed to be dead set against this sort of thing? I mean you fought the Cold War against the Soviet Union and all they stood for - State Control, KGB, Secret Police, etc... Isn't the "American Way" meant to be life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness???

    It all looks very f*cked up from this side of the Atlantic :(

    Klaatu (depressed)
  3. FrankenChrist
    Whoa there, I thought Boulder, Colorado was pretty liberal...
    Correct me if I'm wrong.
  4. GDxCAT
    3 words:
    FUCK THE MAN
  5. Forthesevenlakes
    its extremely liberal, except for the cowboy attitude of the cops there. they probably would have just arrested people on the spot, were it not for a spurt of riots there a few years back. anyway most of the students could probably get off, even if theyre exhaling smoke in photos, theres no way to prove that its say, a cigar or other legal smokable compound. or, as one of swim's friends suggested, "they should all just say they were smoking salvia blunts".
  6. bman1
    that would be bad for salvia
  7. Pinkavvy
    Yeah, why not just say it was tobacco?!
    Prove otherwise. The pics just show some rollies, cigars, and glass pipes of possible tobacco.

    The best chance these kids have it to keep their mouths shut and not admit to anything. Each one of those kids need to say nothing but "I want an attorney."
  8. bewilderment
    It's doubtful that anyone would be successfully charged and convicted of anything drug related since everything is being based on photographs, but I'm sure that at the very least they will get in trouble for trespassing and have their name put on some kind of list. It's just disheartening that people are willing to turn in their fellow classmates for fifty bucks when they don't really know what will happen to them as a result. And, yes, America is a bit backwards.
  9. Nature Boy
    Those are fairly under-handed tactics from the police to make a cheap arrest. Disgusting to see.
  10. Forthesevenlakes
    yeah, their methods are disgusting, but its a pretty common method in that city for the cops to take photos and offer rewards instead of directly doing anything confrontational. makes me wonder who would be so desperate to take that money that they would snitch out their peers.
  11. MrMouse
    A marvellous waste of tax payers money. Great idea by the cops giving them extra time for jam filled doughnuts .. Go them!
  12. StigmataLectron
    Can anybody else not see anything wrong on that page, just a bunch of pictures of people doing what they like to do best on 4/20? Saying "Identified" under so many of them is just a buzz kill.
  13. Lunar Loops
    Well, very sad, but also a tool that is being used increasingly by police forces across the globe (and certainly noy just in realtion to drugs). Video and camera surveilance is not uncommon in many countries. Just another intimidation tactic.

    I wouldn't mind but I only looked at this thread because I was amazed that students in the states got paid for performing sexual acts on each other whilst under the influence......ok, sorry, I'll get my coat......
  14. klaatu
    LOL :)

    Klaatu
  15. bewilderment
    Update:Hundreds Turn In People In CU Photos
    Police Offered $50 Rewards

    POSTED: 9:04 pm MDT April 29, 2006

    BOULDER, Colo. -- Hundreds of people have called University of Colorado police to identify people photographed at last week's "4/20" marijuana smoke-out on Farrand Field.

    Police posted 150 pictures online Thursday of people lighting up, exhaling and even streaking at the annual event. For each positive identification, CU is offering a $50 reward.

    Tipsters, who will remain anonymous to the offenders but not to police, began calling early Friday, said CU police Lt. Tim McGraw.

    "The phones have been ringing off the hook," he said. "One person called in and ID'd five people."

    Andrea Hansen, 19, was among the estimated 2,500 people who gathered at 4:20 p.m. April 20. When she heard about the online photos Thursday night, she visited the site immediately. The CU freshman said she was relieved to see she had succeeded in avoiding the cameras, but some of her peers weren't so lucky.

    "There are two pictures of my friend," Hansen said. "She got all freaked out."

    If police can't confirm that those identified in the pictures were puffing marijuana, they still can be ticketed for trespassing on the closed CU field, officials said.

    A person must be charged and cited for tipsters to be rewarded.

    Hansen said she was surprised to hear that hundreds of people had responded to the police department's reward offer.

    "But $50 is a sack," she said, referring to the price of marijuana. "So there's your incentive."

    A Boulder-based group that advocates marijuana as a safer alternative to alcohol said Friday that CU's attempt to punish the 4/20 revelers is "cowardly." Mason Tvert, campaign director for Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation, said CU is treating pot-smoking students like "child molesters" by "sticking their photos online."

    "I think this is unbelievable," he said. "They're using money to turn this campus into a culture of informants. If they asked students to call in every time they saw a student drinking, it would be an incredible mess."

    Tvert said CU should be focusing its efforts on alcohol abuse and encouraged anyone pictured online to call his organization.

    "I'm sure there will be lawyers and other people upset about this," he said. "I don't know what we can do for them, but we're hoping for some public outcry because this is clearly a waste of time and money."

    Lt. McGraw said alcohol abuse is a top priority but that CU has to discourage blatant marijuana smoking.

    CU spokesman Barrie Hartman said he didn't know how long it would take to identify and charge the pictured suspects. Students could face a $100 fine and a "strike" against their school record, CU officials said.

    "But school is out very soon," he said. "So the clock is working against us on this thing."

    The "4/20" smoke-out has been drawing crowds for years, but this is the first year CU police have tried to catch participants with online pictures. Hartman said he thinks CU will succeed in charging a "representative sample, to set an example."

    But Marc Muniz, 22, said he doesn't think anyone will get in trouble.

    "I just think the police are trying to appease the citizens and make it look like they're doing something," said Muniz, a CU senior. "But I don't think they're going to get anything done."

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/health/9104853/detail.html
  16. LowExpectations
    College kids.



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