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January 30, 2012
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Cop's pot question wins Obama's video contest

A former law enforcement officer submitted a video that was voted the number one question Obama should answer in a live-streamed video chat scheduled for Monday evening

By PoliceOne Staff

WASHINGTON — A former law enforcement officer submitted a video that was voted the number one question Obama should answer in a live-streamed video chat scheduled for Monday evening. 

In response to Obama's call for questions following the State of the Union address, 133,215 videos were submitted, together receiving 1,630,632 votes by online users who voted "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" to determine the first place video, which went to Downing.

"Mr. President, my name is Stephen Downing, and I'm a retired deputy chief of police from the Los Angeles Police Department. From my decades of law enforcement experience I have come to see our country's drug policies as a failure and a complete waste of criminal justice resources," Downing says.

"According to the Gallup Poll, the number of Americans who support legalizing and regulating marijuana now outnumber those who support continuing prohibition, Downing continues. "What do you say to this growing voter constituency that wants more changes to drug policy than you have delivered in your first term?"

Obama will video chat with some of the voters who submitted questions during a 45-minute "hangout" session on on Google's social networking site Google Plus, according to CBS

At 5:30 p.m. ET it will stream live and can be viewed on on YouTube and WhiteHouse.gov.






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