Mr. Downing served as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 20 years. He started as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks working assignments that included vice, narcotics, detectives, and staff and command positions, ultimately being appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police, where he oversaw the LAPD’s Special Investigations and Personnel and Training Bureaus.
While still on the force, Downing wrote for numerous network television series. After retiring from the LAPD, Mr. Downing expanded his creative endeavors into television production, working both as a writer and producer, ultimately becoming the executive producer/show runner of several series including MacGyver, Robocop, and Fx – The Series.
Mr. Downing has been semi-retired for the past 10 years. During that time, because of his law enforcement experiences commanding the LAPD’s narcotic enforcement program, he has become a nationally recognized advocate for finding an exit strategy to end the war on drugs. Mr. Downing currently divides his time between drug reform advocacy and his love of creative writing. Mr. Downing served as a director of Kush from March 2013 to July 2014, prior to its acquisition by the Registrant.