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FYI - AP Story on MUPD Marijuana arrest policy - re: DGB

Posted on: October 30, 2012 at 09:07:25 CT
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This should answer some of the questions people were asking a few weeks ago.


Pot busts at Mizzou prompt call for new procedure

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The recent arrests of three Missouri football players accused of smoking marijuana on campus has some students questioning how the university handles what is a fairly routine infraction on a 34-000 student campus.

Top recruit Dorial Green-Beckham, a wide receiver, and two freshman teammates face misdemeanor charges of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana and a mid-November court date. They were suspended for one game - a 19-15 Missouri home loss to Vanderbilt - but are now back with the Tigers (4-4), who beat Kentucky 33-10 on Saturday for the school's first Southeastern Conference win.

A 2004 city law approved by Columbia voters treats such cases as low-level, municipal court offenses similar to traffic citations. Violators are typically given a summons to appear in court but not arrested.

The university police force follows more stringent state procedures for marijuana arrests - meaning Green-Beckham, linebacker Torey Boozer and wide receiver Levi Copelin were handcuffed and driven to the university police department after a patrol officer smelled pot in a white Lincoln Navigator sitting in a parking lot near Memorial Stadium shortly before midnight on Oct. 3. The students were released after providing fingerprints and mug shots.

Soon after the player arrests and criticism from student drug reform activists, campus Police Chief Jack Watring said he would review the procedures. Watring also said that he was unaware city officers didn't arrest pot possession offenders, despite the eight-year lapse since the Columbia law changed.

After consulting with municipal Judge Robert Aulgur, Watring said there are no plans to change its arrest procedures.

"We are not changing anything we do," Watring said. "There is some criticism that we treated the athletes differently. That is absolutely not the case. We treated the athletes exactly the same way we treated all the others."

Senior nursing student Alexis Lyle, president of the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, called the campus arrest policy a slap in the face to the Columbia voters who approved the 2004 ballot initiative.

"A lot of people who vote in Columbia, Missouri, are students," she said." It's not like there's a separate election for us."

Lyle said the university's stance fits into a pattern of government officials in Missouri disregarding citizens' more lenient stances on marijuana, In the southwest Missouri city of Springfield, elected leaders in late September repealed a citizen-driven ordinance that lowered punishments for small amounts of marijuana - an ordinance modeled after Columbia's statutes.

The council initially adopted the marijuana petition but made it clear they planned to overturn the change.

"It saddens me that judges and police chiefs and politicians would try to deny us these rights," she said.

Watring also defended his earlier public comments about the city's pot arrest procedures.

"We don't have everyday contact with the Columbia Police Department," he said. "They have their own policies and procedures."

"When I said we weren't aware of what they're doing, there's no reason for us to be aware of what they're doing," he added. "They do their thing, we do our thing."

City residents found to have violated the more lax marijuana possession laws must still be booked after their trial, the chief said, calling the decision to immediately process pot suspects one that is partially about convenience.

"They do it after they go to court. We do it before we go to court," he said, estimating that the campus police department makes two to three such arrests weekly when school is in session.

Once in city court, violators typically pay a fine of no more than $250 and receive community service in lieu of jail time. The conviction is dropped if the offender stays out of legal trouble for another year, though repeat offenders and those with felony convictions are exempt.
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FYI - AP Story on MUPD Marijuana arrest policy - re: DGB - JD 09 MU - 10/30 09:07:25
     They don't know the policy. - DevilsAdvocate MU - 10/30 12:59:56
     In General pot laws are about poltiical corruption - Knucklehead MU - 10/30 10:17:52
          It's about lobbyists - JayHoaxH8r MU - 10/30 12:31:59
               Guess who owns tons and tons of patents for commercially - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 12:33:59
     anyone know the charging statute? - Iam4Mizzou MU - 10/30 09:36:51
          It was on MU property within city limits. Therefore both - UMSL_Tiger550 MU - 10/30 09:56:25
               At least someone gets it. (nm) - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 10:20:37
          by MU PD, not city of columbia cops(nm) - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:37:51
               that's not my question. they had to charge them under - Iam4Mizzou MU - 10/30 09:39:56
                    Obviously they didn't since they didn't know - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:46:29
          It was in a campus parking lot.(nm) - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:37:31
     Sounds like the cops are making their own laws now...(nm) - corpustiger MU - 10/30 09:33:38
          It's not that they are making the laws, they just get off on - MU-TULSA MU - 10/30 10:09:50
          How so? They enforce based on the state of missouri. - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:37:08
               City laws trump state...otherwise there is no reason - MarshallPaulding MU - 10/30 09:57:53
                    unfortunately...no - Panthera MU - 10/30 11:04:07
                    It's the other way around (nm) - UMSL_Tiger550 MU - 10/30 09:59:16
     how stupid do you have to be to not understand - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:15:08
          Correct but you are wasting your time trying to explain... - alstl MU - 10/30 12:27:50
          RE: how stupid do you have to be to not understand - Mizam MU - 10/30 09:23:45
               Why would they know or care? They don't enforce - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:36:39
                    RE: Why would they know or care? They don't enforce - Mizam MU - 10/30 10:43:11
                    it doesn't matter if it's state property - Iam4Mizzou MU - 10/30 09:41:55
                    Actually they enforce Columbia's municipal laws all - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 09:40:40
                         Like what? What special city of columbia - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:41:24
                              take a civics class(nm) - Iam4Mizzou MU - 10/30 09:43:36
                              No special laws, just the regular ones. - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 09:42:56
                                   RE: No special laws, just the regular ones. - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:44:24
          I believe it's actually both. (nm) - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 09:19:35
               no, it isn't. It is state property.(nm) - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:20:10
                    True. But the city streets running thru campus are subject - Tigrrrr! MU - 10/30 09:31:55
                         ^^^ tigrrr was a cop people.(nm) - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:44:47
                    I'm betting that it is a multi-jurisdictional entity. - Evenflow MU - 10/30 09:29:08
                         No. it isn't. It is why the campus has to have - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:35:43
                              lol, hardly. (nm) - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 09:38:55
                                   Go to any state campus and they have their own police - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:50:19
                                        No. (nm) - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 10:19:07
                              I'm not buying it, or - Evenflow MU - 10/30 09:38:32
                                   In addition, whenever you get busted by a Trooper. - Evenflow MU - 10/30 09:41:01
                                        lol.(nm) - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:43:43
                                   No, they don't. They have the state of missouri laws - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:40:12
                                        MUPD officers have the authority to enforce both - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 09:41:22
                                             They cannot issue a ticket for parking on a city street.(nm) - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:42:10
                                   I guess SuperTone thinks Mizzou is its own soverign - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 09:39:48
                                        Mizzou needs a campus courthouse and campus judge. - Evenflow MU - 10/30 09:44:54
                                             The judicial branch is under the state. All courts - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:49:09
                                        It is the state of MO, not city of columbia. - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:40:50
                                             Yeah, if you're a lawyer. (nm) - Evenflow MU - 10/30 09:42:35
                                             It's both. (nm) - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 09:41:39
                                                  No, it isn't. The streets are city of columbia PD - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:42:54
                                                       So if there's a campus fire, the city guy just waits around - Evenflow MU - 10/30 09:47:08
                                                            Do city of columbia fire fighters protect against fires - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:48:20
                                                       It's ok if you don't understand it. (nm) - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 09:45:11
                                                            ask a MUPD cop. Then get back to me.(nm) - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:47:20
                                                                 Haha, wouldn't that be a funny conversation. - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 10:56:00
                                                                 You'd ask him, he'd handcuff you, and then call the cops. - Evenflow MU - 10/30 09:51:00
                                                                      I had my share of run-ins with MUPD. I already - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:52:19
     lol, the MUPD Chief sounds not only ignorant but also - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 09:12:56
          Watring is a class-a jerk - mutigerlady MU - 10/30 10:46:07
          I don't have an issue with what he said. - SuperTone MU - 10/30 09:15:45
               That he didn'y know the city did not arrest(nm) - BleedBlack&Gold MU - 10/30 10:35:19
               I think paying 250 bucks on a pot bust is cheap. - Evenflow MU - 10/30 09:30:44
               Everything. (nm) - RememberQuantrill MU - 10/30 09:19:09

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