Protecting Or Bullying? Cop Posing As Student Gets Autistic Kid To Buy Some Weed


A scary trend in which cops infiltrate American schools and set up unassuming students for drug deals is emerging in the United States.

Last week, the parents of a special-needs boy in Temecula, Calif., filed a claim against the local school district for helping “local authorities in an undercover drug sting that intentionally targeted and discriminated against their son.”

Via ABC News:

“It is shattering to our son. I don’t know how he will ever be able to trust friends again,” Doug Snodgrass, the father of the student, told “He is changed for life by this.”

Snodgrass said his 17-year-old son, whose name has been withheld at the request of his parents, transferred to Chaparral High School, a public high school in Temecula, for his senior year. District discipline records from his previous school, Temecula Valley High School, “showed 10 discipline referrals”  between August 2011 and May 2012, according to court records, but Snodgrass said the reason for the transfer was the family’s move to a different section of Temecula.

He was placed into an art class at Chaparral where he met Daniel, who befriended him.  Not having any friends, his father said, his son quickly latched on to Daniel.

Snodgrass’ son began texting round the clock with his new friend, which at first thrilled his parents, happy that their son had made a new friend, Snodgrass said.

What they didn’t know was that Daniel was an undercover police officer, who the family claims would pressure their son to procure drugs.

“Our son was a new kid in August, and this undercover cop befriended him,”  Snodgrass said. On the second day of school, Snodgrass said, Daniel asked the boy to buy drugs. “He asked my son if he could find marijuana for $20,” Snodgrass said. ”Three weeks later my son was able to bring back a half joint he received from a homeless guy.”

Later, Snodgrass said, “he asked to purchase my son’s prescription medication, but our son refused.”

It took the 17-year-old three weeks to procure a half joint of marijuana, according to court documents filed later in Riverside County juvenile court. After he was pressed again by the police officer, the student retrieved another joint for $20, from another homeless man, the documents said.

A similar case was reported on the radio show “This American Life” last year. In that story, several young police officers were sent undercover to pose as students at three high schools in Palm Beach County, Fla., and tasked with making drug arrests.

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  • vicki

    How is this not entrapment?

    • Jeff

      It is or certainly should be. In order for it to be non-entrapment and decent police work, the cop would need to demonstrate evidence the kid had a propensity and the cop was just providing the opportunity. This is anything but. Even with adults, a lot of these “sting” operations have been thrown out as entrapment, like having a cop pose as a homeless man asleep on the street with a $20 bill in his shirt pocket. The general rule is you can’t put the idea in someone’s head to commit the crime, then arrest him for it without clear indication the person is already engaging in similar conduct.

    • Guest

      Almost impossible to prove entrapment these days I hear. The laws are so stacked against citizens you don’t get a fair shake ever.

  • Harold Olsen

    If this kid was autistic, these undercover scumbags should have been able to see it. Not only should a lawsuit be filed against the school, but the city as well and a demand that the undercover scumbags be fired. What they did may not have been exactly illegal, but it was unethical. But then, what does ethics have to do with law enforcement these days. All the cops want to do is arrest people and if they have to entrap them and arrest people like this kid, so be it. They don’t give a damn.

  • guest

    O what could go wrong?

  • village idiot

    Real sneaky – small wonder no one trusts the cops! They are as bad as the FBI, the CIA and the present government all rolled into one.

  • Si Vis Pacem ParaBellum

    This is wrong! These police officers need to be suspended, WITHOUT PAY, and reprimanded. If the undercover cop couldn’t see that this kid was different, he doesn’t need to be a detective. SAME ON ALL OF YOU THAT DID THIS!

  • steve

    hope and change. thanks obama

    • Jeff

      Sometimes it rains, too. I guess that’s also Obama’s fault. In case it’s escaped your attention, the president has little to do with running local police departments.

  • Robert Sallee

    When I was a kid cops served and protect today they prosecute and collect. If you did something wrong you new it and normaly they would make you make it rite. If you would not you did time. Today every things has changed it’s turned into big business. Prosecutors will twist your words and judges no longer work for morality they work for prosecutors. No wonder things are coming unraveled big buissness now has what’s called class action. Ware they can still billions and pay back penny’s on the dollar who would have thought it. We now have laws that make it impossible for a man making average wages to go into business for him self because of licenses and red tape put in place by big business. Don,t understand y were in debt. Freedom is not voting fore the best out of three its voting fore who’s in your best intrest. Doctors worked for you now they work for government and your hospital. Business had respect for you now they just weight for another sucker to come along. Only in America the free country.

  • Chip Dooley

    Someone needs to look under federal law to see if the cops and the county were targeting handicap kids and those parent should sue the cops for trying to buy his meds and other drug and entrapment (no that’s not what it is called but under federal guide lines disable are protected from bullying special from the cops. Why don’t thy go after the gang banger is it because their to scared too and handy cape people can’t/don’t fight back because they can’t or don’t know how .

  • rich

    Absolutely intrapment. This country is demonizing marijuana. When there are far more dangerous drugs out there, including alcohol. The police are getting lazy. They cheat, lie, and do anything they can regardless of ethics to make an arrest to further their career. They enforce whatever their told regarless of the law. Violate citizens rights and when we defend ourselves we are the criminal because they wear a badge. It is a discrace really. Where has the dignity of this professon gone, not to mention human integrity. I am not blaming all LEO’s but, if it has gotten to a point where nothing can be done about the corrupt one’s it is time for people to concider a different career, because i for one will not let a corrupt LEO violate my rights or assault me over some trumpt up charge just because their superiors have an agenda.

  • Justsomeguy151

    Unethical scumbag pigs like this one do NOT make our communities safer, they only criminalize otherwise peaceful law abiding citizens. I hope they sue the s@#t out of these pigs w/ badges.

  • JimH

    His father wonders how he will ever trust his friends again.
    It’s a sure bet he’s learned not to trust authority, ever again.

  • Jeff

    This is an obvious case, but there are many others, a bit less obvious perhaps, but even more unjust as a result of laws passed eliminating judicial discretion and giving all power to prosecutors. The minimum sentencing laws serve to put the least guilty people away for the longest time. Somebody’s girlfriend who isn’t even involved can get a longer sentence than the people actually trafficking drugs because there are statutory minimums that are ridiculously harsh. Meanwhile, the real traffickers have information to give up in exchange for a lesser sentence, while the person who merely paid the rent on the house where the drugs were stored has no information to trade. These things would never happen if judges still had discretion.

  • Guest

    Police officers are really scum bags these days hope he get defamed for picking on special needs kids since he’s not a good enough cop doe get anyone real! PIGS!