To Avoid Pot Arrests, Not Kicking a Cop in the Balls (Twice) Is a Good Place to Start

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Laketta Ransom
It's 3 a.m. You're driving around Pleasant Grove, hot-boxing your car, when the cops pull you over for a minor traffic violation. Smoke billows from the window as the officer approaches. The smell of marijuana is unmistakable. What do you do?

NORML, the national pot-advocacy group, has a handy primer on its website, also printable as a wallet-sized "Freedom Card", that gives some tips. Hide the weed, as well as any paraphernalia; refuse any warrantless search of your person; be polite, and don't physically resist.

Laketta Ransom, 38, carries no such card in her purse. According to police, she was the passenger in a 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis that rolled by a pair of Dallas police officers working an unrelated traffic stop in the 2000 block of Masters Drive. The two men stopped, sniffed the air, and looked at each other.

"The odor was so strong that both officers commented to one another about the odor of burnt marijuana and pointed out the passing vehicle as the source of the odor," they wrote in their police report later.

The cops pulled the car over and asked Ransom and the male driver to exit the vehicle. The man complied, but Ransom refused and began arguing with the officers. When she began rummaging through her purse, her hands out of sight, officer Aaron Tolerton feared she might be reaching for a weapon and tried to pull her out of the vehicle.

In response, Ransom flexed her right leg and kicked Tolerton in the testicles, "causing extreme pain." Then, she did it again. In a final act of defiance, she took her bag of weed and threw it at him.

Ransom, who listed her occupation as babysitter, was arrested for assaulting a public servant and marijuana possession. Her companion, who adhered to the NORML guidelines much more closely, was allowed to leave.

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Ronnie Baker
Ronnie Baker

I don't know? If we kicked a cop in the balls every time he harassed us for something as non threatening as pot, maybe we should kick them in the balls. Then maybe they would start fighting crime and leave us the fuck alone!

tonytrex1627
tonytrex1627

Dallas cops are so dumb chasing down blacks who smoke bud, I've been pulled over twice refused search and had pot planted on me, it's all to give them a reason to search your car every time your stopped meanwhile colo. pulling in millions daily on the crop.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Dunno where I screwed up, but I've toured the country for 40 years, always with weed and cold beer, rarely within the speed limit, and I've never been popped. Been pulled over plenty, sometimes due to triple-digit speeds, but I guess cops just like this old hippy, it helps to smile a Lot I guess, which will get you laid a lot too, kids.

Drew Edward Ramsauer
Drew Edward Ramsauer

"Her companion, who adhered to the NORML guidelines much more closely, was allowed to leave" - awesome

TexMarine
TexMarine

I can't wait until the mayor kicks off his "Men against kicking cops in the balls" campaign.

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

So she took a traffic stop that might have resulted in a ticket (misdemeanor) and losing her weed to a felony assault that will follow her forever.  That kind of thinking had to have come from a Dallas school.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

"Don't Fight with the Police" seems like an overdue billboard campaign. 

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Put your right foot in. Put your right foot out. Put your right foot in and shake all about. You do the pleasant grove pokey and you turn yourself around.

That what it's all about.

Winona Winona
Winona Winona

LOL watch out Rick Jamison, this one must be from speeder creek area hahahahaha!!!

Tim Evans
Tim Evans

What an idiot. Must have been some good herb if she thought that was a good idea.

Donnie Hebert
Donnie Hebert

I have my secret ways to get out of sticky situations

Leah Tollefson
Leah Tollefson

now that's funny, would like to see the video of this

Arden Ellis
Arden Ellis

Just the headline made me laugh... I was told by an officer just a week ago that most people pull it right out when asked if they have it in the car with them.... I however immediately said NO. pffffft.

elluckydog
elluckydog

she put me in a bind....anybody know a good babysitter?

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

My basic rules for dealing with police officers (and these have gotten me out of several tickets):

1. Be polite and respectful.
2. Be honest.
3. Don't argue with the cop. Save that for court if you need it.
4. Don't volunteer any information unless you are required to give it.

I've known several people who didn't follow these rules (usually 1, 2, and 3) who ended up being arrested for things that would have been let go or they would have gotten a ticket for.

RhetoricalQuestion
RhetoricalQuestion

@Ronnie Baker Do you have any idea how batshit insane that sounds?

RhetoricalQuestion
RhetoricalQuestion

@tonytrex1627 You must be in that 'low information voter' pool. Clearly your priorities are jacked, and you have no idea how to handle yourself around law enforcement.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski 

It helps - a lot - not to be black while cruising around and smoking.

DaOldestGrow
DaOldestGrow

@Tim Evans nah 2 dolla dookey weed most likely from the up-kept hair do ;)

Daniel
Daniel

@Tim.Covington Another rule is, don't go too far the other way and be out-and-out obsequious. This arouses their predatory instincts just as surely as being dishonest and belligerent.  

RhetoricalQuestion
RhetoricalQuestion

@TheCredibleHulk @ruddski It's a logical fallacy to quote 'being black' as a valid reason for arrests or tickets. It's not scientifically or statistically reasonable. There's a serious culture problem that advocates the purposeful disregard and breaking of the law. How that culture might permeate one race more than another is mutually exclusive from the reasoning for stops. Address the culture, and maybe traffic stops would be exponentially more professional.

sderekw
sderekw

@Daniel @Tim.Covington i'll give you $100 for every dallas cop that knows the word 'obsequious'.

Wastrel
Wastrel

@RhetoricalQuestion @TheCredibleHulk @ruddski Rhetorical Question: You don't know what a logical fallacy is.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@RhetoricalQuestion @DaOldestGrow @TexMarine @russell.allison1 

Wow. You're quite eloquent - for a homeschooler.

Daniel
Daniel

@sderekw Don't kiss their ass or bend over backwards to ingratiate yourself to the brutes. They may not be big on vocabulary, but cops recognize dominant/submissive behavior more instinctively than anyone besides ... well, violent criminals.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

That ain't junk in her trunk...it's the whole damn junkyard.

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