Undercover Cop Disgracefully Tricks Autistic Student into Selling Weed

By SmokeTwibz · Jan 5, 2016 · ·
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    Riverside County, CA — Simply put, the War on Drugs is a war on people. One of the more despicable ways in which it manifests is the manipulation of vulnerable school kids by undercover cops. These “drug stings,” better known as entrapment, typically prey on special needs students who have a hard time making friends.

    The case of Jesse Snodgrass, a student at Chaparral High School with autism, bipolar disorder and social problems, recently gained attention again when a Riverside County Superior Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Jesse’s family against the school district.

    “The suit alleged that the Temecula Valley Unified School District had breached its mandatory duties by allowing a deputy from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to manipulate Snodgrass – a friendless student who had bipolar disorder, trouble keeping up with conversations and a history of being bullied – as part of an undercover drug sting.”​

    The undercover cop, named “Dan,” introduced himself to Jesse on the first day of school and befriended him during graphics art class. After committing this first act of deceit—which itself would violate the moral code of most people—“Dan” gave Jesse $20 and badgered him repeatedly to find a bit of weed.
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    Having never come in contact with marijuana before, Jessie had no idea where to find the illegal plant. He was forced to dangerously seek it out on the streets from a homeless man – just so he could appease his ‘friend,’ who would later turn on him and ruin his life.

    Weeks later, after Jesse risked his life for his new friend, a swarm of officers arrested him and 21 other students at three high schools, charging them with felonies for possession and sale of a controlled substance.

    It’s bad enough that cops would stoop to such lowly means to manufacture arrests in the drug war, but when schools are complicit in this entrapment of its students, the stench of immorality becomes unbearable.

    An administrative law judge overturned Jesse’s expulsion from school because the district had left Jesse “to fend for himself, anxious and alone, against an undercover police officer.” The judge also ruled that Jesse “has overwhelmingly demonstrated that his actions were a manifestation of his disability.”

    Despite this finding of a fellow judge, the County Superior Judge did not see anything wrong with the school district watching as an undercover cop took advantage of an autistic, bipolar kid, turning him into a felon.

    Judge Raquel Marquez said Temecula Valley Unified School District was immune from liability “because they were cooperating with police and because California Government Code 820.2 protects public employees who are making routine policy decisions.”

    This shielding of officials sounds an awful lot like the Blue Privilege granted to cops in cases of brutality and murder.

    Fortunately, in this case, the power of public outcry was able to overcome the lack of government accountability. With the help of groups such as the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), the tale of Jesse Snodgrass was able to elicit change in the system.

    “The Snodgrass lawsuit provided a rare look at the workings of an undercover high school drug sting and launched a barrage of negative publicity about Operation Glasshouse, including a 2014 Rolling Stone magazine piece titled “The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass,” and a video by the Vice Media group titled “The War on Kids.”

    In March 2014, the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group, sent a letter to all school districts in Riverside County alerting officials to recent school drug stings, the alleged targeting of special needs students and a California Department of Education investigation into Temecula Valley Unified School District’s process for expelling students in special education.”​

    As a result of these campaigns, Riverside and San Bernardino counties have stopped school drug stings for the past two years. They follow the Los Angeles Unified School District, which stopped undercover drug stings in 2005 after they were similarly exposed for entrapping defenseless, special needs kids instead of catching actual drug dealers.

    While the judge’s ruling against Jesse Snodgrass is unfortunate, there is redemption in the fact that drug stings have stopped at schools in these counties. The campaign of protest, the embarrassment of having their depraved scheme exposed, is more powerful than the myth of so-called government accountability.

    The hope is that the Superior Judge’s ruling does not embolden these school districts to take up their war on kids again.

    January 04, 2016
    Justin Gardner | The Free Thought Project

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    "Wow it makes u wonder how many we dont hear of."
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    Its amazing how it takes something so over the top like this story to actually get some attention on the problem of how the "law" goes about handling situations similar to this one... I just wonder how many times this sorta thing happens and it goes left unnoticed and continues to happen to people whos lives are ruined by this kind of more common then most people realize sick and awful form of the "law" carrying out their so called duties, so its good to see some light being shined on some of the crazy and down right wrong things that go on all the time by the hands of the very "law" we rely on to protect us and keep justice in our communities... I personally am surprised the poor family of this boy were even able to have made this much of a deal about this situation considering the fact that the "law" never likes to be wrong and they have their way of making sure to keep this kinda thing quiet, I guess they gotta let the lid off one or two every so often so then the public thinks that its being addressed and blah blah blah but in reality if u think about it if this cop and his WHOLE DEPARTMENT would go to this kinda length over Im guessing a decent amount of time taking the kinda measures that were taken to do what was done in this particular situation u can only imagine the way that they must go about carrying on with their daily doings every day 365 days a yr and totally unnoticed by the media and the rest of the people who dont have to find out personally its scary honestly to think that our "law" would do something so low and over time do so its just a little peek in on how they must REALLY go about their biz and to think that their is probably thousands of lives ruined out there that will never see some kind of true justice brought to their lives that the "law" had their way with... My heart goes out to all the people who have had to find out first hand how the "law" likes to handle things when no ones looking and I can only hope that we as the people find some way to bring true justice to our communities and can be safe one day from the very ones were supposed to be able to depend on to protect us but really we live in fear until something happens to put a stop to this reality of how the "law" continues to ruin lives instead of protect them....


  1. TheBigBadWolf
    I'm speechless.
    How immoral is this all? Your US law enforcement seems to have the only justification of existence in filing the (private) jails making money by producing felons out of everybody.

    All these laws that make a nonviolent offender a felon (e.g. Surrounding of school or kindergarten etc.) are in fact immoral and unjustified. No one ever sold or gave acid in pseudo-tattoos to toddlers. Nor do eight year olds make a market for marijuana.
    The shitty oppressive McCarthy/Nixon-era lies, outright lies that were given to general public, they need to get unveiled and corrected.
    There is some political work to be done that consists of more than sofa-sitting mumbling something about the shitty government munching sweeties getting high.

    Preaching to the choir is not needed.
    What is needed is activism. Without the fear they might choose to solve the problem.with batons and rasers.

    They need to see that its not okay to have law enforcement enforce lies and oppression, which they do.

    As an outstander, citizen of European Union I can only shake my heads how shady all your whole system.of Law Enforcement and Justice makes the impression of rotten corruptness that lingers on positions that were already outdated in the 1930s.

  2. Bango Skank
    Absolutely disgusting.
    This is another form of bullying in my opinion.
    As if that kid didn't have it hard enough already, he gets singled out by a cop and coerced to buy drugs that he's not even familiar with.
    With mental health issues like that, I'd be surprised if the kid didn't suffer from depression as well. Are they trying to drive the boy to suicide?

    Just disgusting. Shame on that cop, and shame on that judge for not taking action that could prevent these grimy tactics in the future.
  3. Nosferatus
    I'm never quick to jump on the fuck the police bandwagon, or any bandwagon for that matter, but this does not seem like the best use of police resources, I always thought the point of busting low level dealers was to get information on higher level ones, how does someone who has no knowledge of drugs and is only in the most reaching of definitions a drug dealer serve that objective, there must be more to the story. If this is all there is, then my guess is the cop was hoping to get information on an active dealer at the school and things went sideways.
  4. prescriptionperil
    ^^^It's called corruption. Welcome to the land of the free and the home of the brave.
  5. Nosferatus
    ^^I still can't wrap my head around why, even acts of corruption result in some sort of gain, but what do they get out of doing this? There has to be more to the story.
  6. Nosferatus
    So after reading another articleon it, the story makes a little more sense, like it or not, operations like this are used to catch high school drug dealers, this kid wasn't specifically targeted as much as a ploy that was tried on many worked on him, apparently he immediately answered in the affirmative when asked for weed, so the police took the same action they would have taken on anyone who did that, the fact he has a disability is irrelevant, I'm fairly certain that he knew what he was doing was illegal and reasonable deception is a perfectly acceptable tactic, while this is morally debatable and the police could probably find better things to do with their time, it is legally above board. Apparently my guess above was correct, because the kid immediately agreed to provide cannabis, he was assumed to be exactly the type of person they were looking for, they had no way of knowing he wasn't an active dealer.
  7. AKA_freckles
    This should not be allowed in high schools. It's fucking weird.
    It's one thing if they're working on a bomb / shooting threat, but a dubsack? Nah.
  8. Nosferatus
    ^^It's their job to catch criminals, cannabis being illegal this is their province, while I also question how much harm this prevents, that doesn't change what the police's job is.
  9. prescriptionperil
    There's an interesting video on you tube concerning this media dubbed "drug ring."These tactics were found ineffective ages ago. It's called entrapment. That cop traumatized and conned a friendless, special needs child.
  10. Name goes here
    Speeding, Jay walking and cheating on your spouse are all illegal too yet there is no crackdown. If this was a "hard drug" that the cops were looking for, I could see the justification. This is fucking absurd. Entrapment of teenagers for marijuana, which carries life long implications, is the cops making work for themselves.

    My kids already know not to trust strangers. Having to teach them the police are not here to help but to keep the prisons busy literally scares me.
  11. AKA_freckles
    ^ wait, cheating is illegal? I thought that was just in the military...

    Edit - oh I see its state by state. California no deal.
  12. Nosferatus
    Name Goes Here: One of those is traffic offense, one is a misdemeanour and one's not illegal at all, none of them are seen as being as detrimental to society as drug trafficking, which is a felony. The factors that allow things like this to happen are too broad and complex to realistically ever rectify, but you can start with widespread attitudes about drugs and financially rewarding specific police actions, ultimately if you don't like something the police, or any other government entity, do, the blame actually rests on the public that support them.

    Prescription peril: Moral and legal aren't necessarily the same thing, you can't fault the cop for doing his job, everyone's gotta eat, and no, this wouldn't meet the legal standard for entrapment, the cop asked for drugs and received them, he didn't give the kid weed and then bust him for possession, how was he supposed to know any background on the guy who immediately agreed to get him some weed? Mental illness is not necessarily an excuse, if you knew or ought to have known that what you were doing was illegal, then you accept any potential consequences of doing it.
  13. AKA_freckles
    Because the kid didnt offer the cop the weed?

    What if a cop asks a woman to suck him off for $1000 USD, or even $1,000,000 (remember indecent proposal lol?) and she does, can he then arrest her?
  14. Nosferatus
    If having sex for money is illegal, then yes. Most prostitutes don't blatantly offer sex for money.

    More often than not, drug dealers wait to be approached, their advertising done through word of mouth.
  15. AKA_freckles
    ^ hmmmmm

    So if the cop can have sex for money legally, can he smoke the weed legally?
  16. Nosferatus
    ^^I don't follow.
  17. AKA_freckles
    Sex for money. He's got to engage in sex to bust her, so can he engage in drug use to bust dealers?
  18. Nosferatus
    ^^Usually the prostitute just has to agree to have sex for money to be charged, but yes, police can receive permission to commit various crimes in order to further an investigation, it all depends on the agency, remember too that you don't necessarily use the drugs with the person you bought them from.
  19. AKA_freckles
    I should've been a cop. This seals it.

    Also, I thought a lady could always change her mind. What if she changed her mind right before that tongue hit the head or whathaveyou? Not fair. Not at all. If there is no sex than there is no crime.

    In that same line of thinking, if she would get arrested upon agreement, that kid should have been arrested the moment he agreed to get the cop weed. It's the same thing, no?
  20. Nosferatus
    ^^It's not quite the same, it's generally illegal to even communicate in public for the purpose of prostitution, while drug trafficking requires actual drugs to be present.

    Interesting fact: Here in Canada, prostitution itself is legal, but it's illegal to in any way communicate in public regarding it.
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