In a country where 61% of the citizenry supports marijuana legalization, you’d think that police would know better than to try and impress the populace with small weed busts. But time and again, they proudly pose with their little baggies of pot for a tweet or Facebook post, only to be roasted to a crisp by commenters.
The latest entry in this pantheon of glorious self-owns comes courtesy of none other than the NYPD — specifically, officers of the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park, Queens. It seems they took down a dealer who was packing a few grams of bud as well as a couple of machetes and… a can of Monster Energy drink.
One less marijuana dealer on our streets thanks to Officers Sardone and Winter. pic.twitter.com/uY4ddzCbch
— NYPD 106th Precinct (@NYPD106Pct) April 22, 2017
Apparently the tweet didn’t get as much traction as the precinct would have liked. They retweeted themselves after the photo was first posted.
Probably not the best move: Almost everyone who replied mocked them for gloating about an arrest for something that few consider a crime anymore.
@NYPD106Pct @DmDeShazo Looks like officer Sardone and Winter were upset when they found out weed wasn’t actually $20 a gram
— Cody (@Cprids) April 24, 2017
— Don Darko (@DmDeShazo) April 24, 2017
@NYPD106Pct The can of monster is a whole lot deadlier than the lettuce homie.
— The Cannacrat (@Trumpsterfuego) April 22, 2017
@NYPD106Pct You are not heroes, and the public is not on your side in busting marijuana sellers.
— Ibrahim Nur (@IbrahimNur10) April 23, 2017
— Lil $ega (@lilDreamcast) April 24, 2017
@NYPD106Pct saving the world from absolutely nothing. good job tho
— sadist (@DEADASFRED) April 24, 2017
@NYPD106Pct “marijuana dealer” holds about the same weight as “cotton candy distributor” in this tweet for some reason
— silly bitch ◟̽◞̽ (@WARZONEZAIN) April 24, 2017
@NYPD106Pct very brave of the 106th precinct to employ two adult virgins
— Mike L (@Mikel943) April 24, 2017
@IbrahimNur10 @NYPD106Pct They look so new I think the cops bought them on the way back to the precinct to pad the evidence.
— Krankier (@Krankier) April 24, 2017
@NYPD106Pct Y’all out here bustin people for medicine. Petty.
— Punk Me Tender (@BurninGiraph) April 24, 2017
— King Of Zamunda (@_kingdavid) April 24, 2017
@NYPD106Pct “let’s put those crocodile dundee knives we got on ebay by these dub sacks we got off that 21 year old kid”
— Bryan (@jaykubs) April 24, 2017
@NYPD106Pct They must of smoked the other half, because they thought they accomplished something substantial
— Josh Francis (@jlf1994) April 24, 2017
@NYPD106Pct Try fighting a real crime
— Anthony (@SkrtSkrtCuh) April 24, 2017
@NYPD106Pct lmao weed is still illegal over there?
— jumpman (@Fingasindabooty) April 24, 2017
— hoop (@xhoop) April 24, 2017
Maybe it’s time for cops to reconsider how they use social media to court praise for doing their jobs. At least Sardone and Winter can count on accolades if they continue to “aggressively enforce” noise statutes and impound motorcycles.
Warm weather=noise complaints. We will aggressively enforce this nusance as we just did by confiscating this eq. and summonsing the owner. pic.twitter.com/4lRKBPLF47
— NYPD 106th Precinct (@NYPD106Pct) April 17, 2017
Reckless motorcycle drivers over the weekend, results in two seizures. These bikes are now in our garage. pic.twitter.com/pNrJgGvohR
— NYPD 106th Precinct (@NYPD106Pct) April 3, 2017
Congratulations, guys: You are basically adequate officers of the law.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Logan Adams “One less marijuana dealer on our streets…” Pretty sure the streets were safer with the marijuana dealer still on them. 😂 “Saving the world from absolutely nothing”, too true. It’s “their streets” guys, they own that concrete. Congratulations.
Christopher Ekstrom Bust more sexual assaults in your area then I’ll be impressed!! You know the real criminals!!
Grant Redonn Oh that dangerous drug that would’ve truly turned their lives upside down. Oh wait i’m sorry we aren’t talking about addictive pain killers being shoveled to patients by the ass load.
Nick Antczak I love weed as much as the next guy, but that looks like at least a QP and two highly illegal weapons they just busted someone with. Should weed be legal? Of course. But it’s not, and it looks like these guys made a peaceful arrest.
Jeremy Jones What is this, about 3 oz? Now a whole neighborhood of people won’t be able to safely relax after work for an evening. Pricks.
Anne Zolfaghari This is part of the recent anti-marijuana campaign. Sessions (and investors) plan is to fill prison beds with non-violent, free laborers. I see it in many recent media articles and in police departments. So well orchestrated, it’s scary.
Emmanuelle Corneau Coulombe I’d understand if they bragged about seizing the machetes from an aggressive drug dealer and busting him for illegal carrying of weapons… but that energy drink is still definitely deadlier than the buds in the long run… can also be lethal if thrown hard enough while full. 😅(BLUNT weapon, get it?)
Bragging about nipping the buds is just silly, though. Nothing extraordinary about it.
Wendy N Alfredo Gonzalez The fact pot can get you life but a pedophile who actually destroys someone’s life can only get a few months is all I need to know about the “war on drugs”.
Danielito Alexander Ramos Umm, it’s the law, and until it does get changed, I don’t feel sorry for anyone that gets arrested for it.
And what’s with so many people thinking they can just do as they please? That’s what’s wrong with people today; apparently it’s a cool thing to break laws nowadays
Ben Ramalanjaona I can name 10 active duty NYPD officers, without effort, who smoke regularly. I understand that they need to do their job and enforce local law, but going out of your way to climb that high horse is a bad look.
Tonya Cameron The monster drink is actually a stash can. But either way. There’s a baby living with a dead junkie in every town in America. Prioritize.