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Occupy protestors claim officers gave them drugs

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Occupy protesters claim officers are offering them drugs and watching them get high.

The officers are all part of a training program run by the Minnesota State Patrol, but the agency denies any "dirty dealing".

The protestors first made the outrageous claims public in a YouTube video. They say officers from out-state came to downtown Minneapolis and asked them to take part in a drug training program.

FOX 9 caught up with one of those protesters at the Occupy protest on Peavey Plaza. When asked whether the officer supplied him with drugs, Michael Bounds replied, "Yes."

"They gave me a quarter of marijuana in exchange for me to tell them what's going on with Occupy," he said.

Bounds could say which agency the officers came from, but he did say he smoked the pot in front of the officers.

Occupy organizer Ben Egerman said, "Whoever authorized this is completely unethical."

The State Patrol confirms the officers currently coming under fire come to Minneapolis from across the state to get training from the State Patrol's Drug Recognition Evaluator Program, which involves officers driving people who are already under the influence to a site in Richfield where they're studied and monitored for a short period. The goal is to help officers detect drugged drivers.

Lt. Eric Roeske said, "We haven't found any evidence or any indication any illegal drugs were provided to anyone."

The State Patrol says it has reviewed the YouTube video, but the evidence just isn't there.

Lt. Roeske added, "Other than allegations made in the video, which were not supported by any video evidence, we did not find anything to substantiate any of those allegations."

Local activists say it's time to take a closer look.

"We think there needs to be a full blown investigation into this program because there are really serious ethical questions around it," said Michelle Gross, with Communities United Against Police Brutality.

Protesters say they plan on making noise until someone listens.

Minneapolis Police do not take part in the training program.

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