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    On The Bus, mungley

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- A police officer will avoid criminal charges despite admitting he took marijuana from criminal suspects and, with his wife, baked it into brownies.

    The police department's decision not to pursue a case against former Cpl. Edward Sanchez left a bad taste in the mouth of at least one city official, who vowed to investigate.

    "If you're a cop and you're arresting people and you're confiscating the marijuana and keeping it yourself, that's bad. That's real bad," said City Councilman Doug Thomas.

    Sanchez, who resigned last year from the department in this Detroit suburb, declined comment Wednesday to the Detroit Free Press. Police Cmdr. Jeff Geisinger did not return calls seeking comment.

    The department's investigation began with a 911 call from Sanchez's home on April 21, 2006. On a 5-minute tape of the call, obtained by the Free Press, Sanchez told an emergency dispatcher he thought he and his wife were overdosing on marijuana.

    "I think we're dying," he said. "We made brownies and I think we're dead, I really do."

    Sanchez later told police investigators that his wife took the marijuana out of his police vehicle while he was sleeping. In a subsequent interview, he admitted he got the marijuana out of the car himself and put it in the brownie mix, police said.

    His wife also was not charged.

    You know what? Even though this guy made a living locking people up for the same 'offense', I don't wish any criminal penalties upon him.

    •  I do (3+ / 0-)

      he stole someone's property and took it for himself. I call that stealing.

    •  I don't think you can od on marijuana (3+ / 0-)

      Just goes to show how poorly trained our Police officers are in this area.

      Representing the middle-aged married white guy contingent in the Nation's most diverse community.

      by mungley on Fri May 11, 2007 at 12:49:03 PM PDT

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      •  as a cookie jar without a lid... (0+ / 0-)

        I think that pot should be perfectly legal, no excuses (it's only for medicinal purposes, etc.) but I also think that the policeman, his wife, and his supervisors who lets that slide should all be fired, then prosecuted. That's a lot worse than finding out you've accidently brought home all the pens from the office, then purposely using them and not returning them...  

        "Stealing is stealing," he said. "One too many is too many, whether it's a pen or a box of pens or a carton of pens or a laptop computer."
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        "I think everyone is doing this to some degree," he said. "You can only take the ethical theory of relativism so far until it hits you:
        'This is wrong.'
        Many employees see the supply cabinet as a cookie jar without a lid. Roberta Chinsky Matuson, president of Human Resource Solutions, a consulting company in Northampton, Massachusetts, said that because supplies are there for the taking, workers apparently see no problem in grabbing whatever they can -
        to the point that it becomes a habit
        to help themselves to a pen or an extra pad of paper.

        Matuson added that while most companies had an office manager, that person was too busy to police every pen and paper clip. "Psychologically, knowing nobody's watching makes it easier for employees to justify taking more than they should."  
        Employees also may raid the cabinet because they feel overworked or otherwise mistreated. Dr. Doreen Orion, a psychiatrist in Boulder, Colorado, and the author of "I Know You Really Love Me," said that when employees felt unappreciated at work or in life, they lashed out as a way of expressing their dissatisfaction.
        "Their emotions are so overwhelming for them that this is a way to re-establish equilibrium," Orion said.
        What should you do if you suspect that a colleague is stealing supplies? It may be difficult to determine when a co-worker's restocking habits have gone too far. If a colleague goes through a box of paper clips a week, for example, using five boxes each month would not be excessive for that person. Kevin Fleming, an independent business consultant in Jackson, Wyoming, said that unless a company specified limits for each item, it was nearly impossible to determine objectively whether someone was going overboard...

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