Police engage in illegal body searches for drugs
There was a scandal within the Milwaukee Police Department of officers engaging in illegal body searches, including anal cavity searches, of supposed drug suspects. We shouldn't be so shocked. One officer even came into a house, supposedly with consent, and proceeded to engage in an anal cavity search of a man in the house.
These cops drew weapons on individuals to intimidate and harass them into turning over any alleged drugs. They put supposed suspects in chokeholds. These are officers who didn't care one bit about the Constitution or civil rights, just their zealot quest against drugs.
We as a nation treat a drug, marijuana, as such a threat that we have no problem with SWAT teams engaging in no knock drug searches in the dark of night of suspected marijuana dealers.
That innocent people are at times killed (including children) and the children who don't die suffer emotional and mental trauma for years afterward, is considered O.K. as long as politicans can talk about how they are tough on drugs. We are fine with the property and money taken from people not charged with any criminal offense and that police departments can spend the profits on what they collect.
This is asset forfeiture, by the way. We are fine with the government lying to us about our rights, such as a Cleveland suburb lying about drug checks on the highway (which are unconstitutional) in order get motorists to do something that creates reasonable suspicion for a stop.
By the way, if they can lie about our rights in this area, what stops the government from putting up signs stating that our freedom of speech in an area is illegal? Nothing. Our government has been taken over by zealots and they make the government of alcohol Prohibition, look very reasonable in contrast.
The Wisconsin Attorney General had a letter in a local newspaper talking about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids. Well, if people like him didn't keep supporting marijuana being illegal, then there wouldn't be a market for these more dangerous drugs in he first place. It's time to have rational drug and marijuna policy.
By the way, you can support the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) along with DRCnet to help get sane and rational public policy when it comes to drugs.