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Chief wants pot tickets tossed; written for ‘wrong reasons’

Chief wants pot tickets tossed; written for ‘wrong reasons’

Seattle police Officer Randy Jokela wrote 80 percent of the tickets for public marijuana use during the first half of this year, referring on many to City Attorney Pete Holmes as “Petey Holmes,” flipping a coin to decide one and calling the state’s legalization of pot “silly.

By Steve Miletich
Seattle Times staff reporter

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has asked the city to seek dismissal of all citations issued by a bicycle officer who wrote 80 percent of the tickets during the first half of this year for using marijuana in public.

The request to the City Attorney’s Office stems from a conclusion that the 66 citations were written as part of a personal agenda on the part of Officer Randy Jokela, O’Toole said Friday.

On many of the tickets, Jokela referred to City Attorney Pete Holmes, a vocal advocate of pot legalization, as “Petey Holmes.”

The tickets were written for the “wrong reasons,” O’Toole said.

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