Is there light at the end of the tunnel in ending the drug war?
A federal judge in New York ordered reform of the New York City Police Department's stop/frisk program, which basically waives the 4th Amendment rights of young African-American and Latino men, to be free of unreasonable search and seizure by the government.
Stop and frisk should be based upon reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, but all too often it is used as a cover to make illegal searches. It is one thing to search for weapons, but many young men get criminal records for illegal searches for marijuana possession, which is much more likely to be found then a weapon.
Attorney General Eric Holder has just come out against lengthy prison terms for drug offenses, including implementing drug rehab for those who have committed some drug offenses. Good, of course there are organizations such as the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and DRcNet to help Holder to his word, and to achieve even greater reforms against the drug war.
Oh by the way, if you aren't aware, the police in this nation of ours quite often arrest people for filming them. Sometimes they make up reasons, such as a camera being a possible gun, yes, that has happened. Here are a few recent cases.
Police in Phoenix stop and detain a man for taking a picture of a cop crossing a street. In fact, the man had just come from a hearing where he was arrested for another supposed offense, though it was actually for filming a police station at night.
In Washington state, SWAT police arrest a man for taking video of them. Not even during a SWAT raid but after the SWAT team point guns at a young woman and her baby in a van. I don't know why anyone in that family was wanted by police, but in all probability it had something to do with drugs.
Maybe some scuzzy informant said they had drugs, that happens quite often. The cop said it was illegal to film him without his permission. That is a lie or the cop is grossly ignorant. If so then video journalism in America would be illegal, after all, imagine getting the consent of everyone in a demonstration to show a video?
Los Angeles cops arrest a man for videoing them from at least 90 feet away through a fence. They had to drive around the fence, in fact, to interrogate and then arrest him. Let's be clear, in none of these cases will the police be held accountable. Any punishment will be slap on the wrist variety.
Organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the most pro-American and pro-Constitution organization in our nation's history, work to curb and end such abuses. The only thing that allows the government and police to do such illegal acts, are complacent citizens.