There was a large arrest made in Georgia at a house party on New Year’s Eve weekend. At about 2:30am, reports of a gun shot were called in to local police in Cartersville, Georgia. When cops got there, they didn’t find a gun…but they did find about an ounce of weed and ended up charging over 70 people for it.
Cops Enter Party House Because They Smell Weed Outside…End Up Arresting Over 70 People for Less than One Ounce
Cartersville cops entered the rented AirBnB that was being used for a 21st birthday party, and began interrogating party goers.
“I just thought they were going to shut the party down and everyone was going to go home,” said Deja Heard, the women who hosted the party.
This isn’t exactly how things played out. According to WFAA, “When officers arrived to the site of the party, just blocks from the apartment complex, they found several people both inside and outside the party. That’s when they found evidence leading to the drug investigation and arrests.”
The “evidence” according to the police report, was the smell of weed Cartersville police encountered when arriving on the scene. Upon entering the house, they viewed small bags of marijuana in plain sight. When they questioned attendees of the party as to who the marijuana belonged to and no one fessed up, they arrested and charged each person at the party with possession of less than an ounce.
The party was a lingerie/pajama 21st-birthday party held at a rented home…one that was entered illegally without a warrant according to those who were arrested. Once taken into custody, several attendees of the party reported being mistreated by members of the Cartersville police. According to a report on WSB:
During a sit-down interview…the attendees described being mistreated by officers. They claimed they were tied up with zip ties, threatened with tasers and hauled off to jail. Some of the men said they were locked up in cages.
Another attendee, a pregnant woman said she was verbally abused and mistreated in jail.
“I was throwing up water,” she said. “The whole saying ‘innocent until proven guilty’ went out the window. They told me I was an unfit person to have a baby.”
Mass Arrest of Party Goers Another Example of Racial Injustice in America
Most of the people at the party were black, causing many to point out that yet once again, we are witness to unquestionable racial injustice regarding the War on Drugs in America. Over 70 people getting arrested for less than an ounce of weed should be unheard of. Numerous people across the nation have voiced speculation if there would have been a mass arrest of 70 white people in the same situation.
The NAACP and other civil rights organizations however, are stepping up to the plate to defend those affected. They will ensure the group now being spoken of as the “Cartersville 70” has legal defense when the time comes.
Those arrested now face up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. According to the Cartersville Police Department, the investigation is still ongoing.