Californians in Town to Appeal SWAT Decision
COLUMBIA - One of two California residents that filed appeals against the Columbia Police Chief's SWAT decision is in town.
"We filed them at the same time," Angela Bacca said. Bacca is Ed Rosenthal's assistant. Rosenthal is the other California resident that turned in an appeal.
When asked why she was here, "We want them to reopen the case. We don't want them to keep these officers exonerated."
Bacca is part of Green Aid, a medical and marijuana legal defense and education fund.
Police Chief Ken Burton met with Bacca on Monday. Bacca, earlier in the day, said she would discuss with the police chief what she hoped to get done -- to re-open the SWAT investigation. Bacca said, after the interview, that she felt like things went well during the meeting and that she thought the police chief would work with Columbia residents.
"The cops should be serving and protecting us, not humiliating and terrorizing us," Bacca said.
Bacca said Ed Rosenthal was well known amoung those who are pro-marijuana. "Well we have a very popular blog. There's a big marijuana network throughout the country for medical marijuana. I know that's going to sound scary." She also said that Rosenthal would be in Columbia August 4th to attend Columbia's Citizens Police Review Board meeting at City Hall.
"If we can make an example here," Bacca said, "then we can change things in other places."
Officer Jessie Haden with the Columbia Police Department said it a little differently, "Mr. Rosenthal was very upfront he wants to fight for the legalization of marijuana and he wants us to be his battleground." Haden continued with, "From the law enforcement angle we enforce the laws. I mean the title says it all and so the legislature arena is really the battleground where these guys would be better served, in the legislature."
A copy of Ed Rosenthal's review board appeal letter is below.Ed Rosenthal SWAT Review Board Appeal Letter