“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Basically, I have no feelings about the morality of drug use. Everyone in my family uses the drug alcohol (although I no longer do). That's fine with me, and fine with the vast majority of Americans. Alcohol users make a legitimate choice to get high. Why is any other drug different? So our drug policy should be based on the evidence of what works and what does not, and I can't look at the Drug War and find ANY area in which we can judge the Drug War to have succeeded, unless jailing more people, and more per capita, than any country on the planet is one of our goals.
It harms some young people, but everyone I knew in college including me smoked pot at least once, several on a more or less regular basis, and not one were harmed by pot.
But I can make a long list of those I know who have DIED because of alcohol. So this is clearly true: "Alcohol harms people. Young people." And yet it's legal, because prohibition caused more problems than it solved.
But you're OK with drug dealers and gangsters who sell the drug alcohol? One of them was the GOP nominee for POTUS, and per CDC, alcohol kills 88,000 per year. Shouldn't we also jail the gangster McCain who sells poison to kids?I'm not going to feel sorry for drug dealers and gangsters who feel they are "harmed" by being jailed for breaking the law. My sympathy is reserved for the kids they sell their poison to.
There were about 40,000 deaths from drug overdoses. Most of those (at least 55%) were manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. Shouldn't we shut down their drug labs and jail the kingpins making that poison?
And I never said I expect perfection. What I object to is departments refusing to sanction officers who actually misbehave.
We get punished when we **** up, even by mistake. So simple justice should require that those charged with catching us for punishment ALSO be punished when they fu k up.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
"When we live authentically we create an opportunity for others to walk out of their dark prisons of pretend into freedom."
I think police departments, especially smaller ones can, indeed, circle the wagons and be non responsive when there are legit concerns. By the same token, lots of cops in the bigger departments don't feel their brass has their back and become overly responsive to complaints. Let's face it, a cop could do their job perfectly and folks will still complain and those that criticize them at every turn will always jump on the chance regardless of the facts. In fact I saw several times people argue the facts surrounding Brown's shooting were actually irrelevant. I think this contributes to that "code of silence" because most cops think, "well, I could be the next target of some witch hunt."
She explained that a big part of it is about public perception. That if departments acknowledge wrongdoing it erodes public confidence and increases complaints/accusations. A PR thing, in other words.
IME, it creates permanent hostility/distrust in those who witness gross misbehavior and see NO repercussions for the officer(s) involved.
Its just bad for everybody.
It's a common worry that legalization of drugs would lead to massive increase in abuse and addiction but addiction is a bigger problem now than it was before prohibition. In Portugal, they decriminalized drugs about 14 years ago and the addiction rate dropped.
Ten Years After Decriminalization, Drug Abuse Down by Half in Portugal - Forbes
"Ten years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. One decade after this unprecedented experiment, drug abuse is down by half:"
And let's make very sure we're not trying to legislate morality.
He who knows the least obeys the best.