BRIEF: 'Marijuana' couple now thinks MPD pulled them over
Feb 19, 2013 (The Commercial Appeal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
As it turns out, the cop who pulled over the Texas couple because they had a "marijuana leaf" decal on their car may have been a Memphis police officer.
Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni and her husband Guido were stopped on Interstate 40 in Memphis on Feb. 4, as they were returning to Texas from Ohio. The officer who pulled them over said he did so because they had a marijuana leaf decal on the back of their Ford Mustang. The couple didn't receive a ticket.
The decal was actually a buckeye leaf, a symbol of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. The story quickly went viral, with media outlets around the country depicting Memphis as a city of rubes who couldn't tell the difference between a Buckeye leaf and a marijuana one.
The couple initially described the stop as being conducted by a Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy in a black SUV. But as Sheriff's Department spokesman Chip Washington pointed out, his department uses white SUVs while MPD uses black. The couple later determined that the officer was wearing a black uniform, which is what the MPD uses, making it more likely that an MPD officer was the culprit.
Memphis police spokesman Sgt. Karen Rudolph said her department had no information on the incident.
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