In June, Long Beach, CA police raided THC Downtown Collective as a part of a city wide crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries. A complaint has now been filed by the collective’s employees, which claims that over $10,000 in damage was committed, as well as destruction of evidence by police and police brutality toward employees.
Surveillance videos from the day of the raid show a police officer stepping on the back and neck of Dorian Brooks, a volunteer at the collective, as he was taken into custody after surrendering to police.
In addition, police are seen destroying surveillance cameras with a metal pole. According to NBC Los Angeles, however, the video was being recorded at an off-site location, so police only destroyed the camera, not the video footage that had been recorded up to that point.
A police spokesperson has announced that, “A thorough review into what occurred during that operation will be conducted once all of the facts have been collected.” The incident is being referred to as a “personnel matter.”
The collective was not considered to be one of the 18 exempt collectives in Long Beach which have permits from the city and are technically allowed to operate. However, the collective was operating in compliance with state law.
Below is footage of the raid and the aftermath left behind: