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Texas cop orders teen to do pushups over marijuana

A teenager suspected of smoking marijuana outside of a movie theater was told he could either do pushups or go to jail by an off-duty officer working security.

The officer, identified as Eric Ball, said someone told him the teen was outside smoking marijuana. He says that when he approached the teen, he observed him finishing what appeared to be a joint and discarding it, and that he smelled marijuana.

“Marijuana gives a distinct odor. He knew what the teen was up to,” said Lt. Chris Cook with Arlington Police.

Ball then gave the teen a choice, “You give me 200 push-ups, I won’t put you in jail.”

“He could have very well arrested this teen, but instead he tried to do something better,” Cook said.

Arlington Police said they don’t know the name of the teenager, but that he was about 17 or 18 years old.

According to police, Officer Ball found the teenager’s mother inside the movie theater, and she gave him a hug and thanked him.

“She gave a stern warning to her son and even told the officer, ‘I would have made him do more push-ups,'” Cook said.

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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. David
    December 30, 2016 at 8:00 am

    nice non-crooked Cop. this is what serving and protecting is all about right here. wish there where more like this officer out there. sadly more often then not. that is not the case.

  2. Dr. Michael Brian Landreth MBA PhD
    December 31, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I like cops, and I like cops who have hearts and can think with love and compassion for the youth, I have been around for near sixty years, and have seen many fads come and go, Drugs and the recreational use of them should be left up to the individual, we are our own kingdom inside our own minds and hearts. Push-ups are a good punishment for slackers, not all stoners are slackers though, I am in great shape and work hard so I stay in shape. But I also like getting high, because it motivates my body to reach for my goals for my mind and heart, to love my nieghbor and be a good citizen of this Nation AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL let’s get together and legalize it for our children’s sake. And PRAISE JESUS FOR THIS MAGIC PLANT, THAT CAN CURE CANCER.