Nine medical marijuana collectives that were raided by Long Beach Police officers in the past two years have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city. The case, which was filed in the U.S. District Courthouse in Los Angeles, alleges a total of 21 raids involving strong-arm tactics and missing or incomplete search warrants between January 2011 and December 2012.
According to the lawsuit, one of the officers, Dave Strohman, led a team of cops who raided the NatureCann collective on March 21, 2012, using a battering ram to knock down the door. "The police officers entered guns drawn and ordered everyone on the ground," the lawsuit states. "They immediately arrested everyone (four volunteers) for violating LBMC Chapter 5.89," the city's ordinance banning marijuana clubs. The lawsuit adds that Strohman and his team "interrogated those arrested," then seized "all medical marijuana, cash registers, computers and patients records" and that the club was "utterly destroyed."