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  •  The best way would be to end the war on drugs (2+ / 0-)
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    side pocket, YucatanMan

    That one policy makes everyone into suspects, and makes citizens avoid interacting with the police even if they are in trouble, for fear of being arrested for having any trace of any kind of drug on them or in their premises.

    I have known many people who asked for help because someone was getting violent, and they themselves ended up getting arrested and thrown in jail because they had some cannabis or other drug in the area.

    Have that happen to enough people, and just about everyone stops going to the police for help with anything. It's one of the reasons many women don't report rapes, for instance, or domestic abuse.

    Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

    by splashy on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 11:03:37 AM PDT

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    •  That's done more than anything in the last few (1+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh

      decades to increase the militarization and violence of police responses.

      Where once it was a clear rule that you had to knock and announce "POLICE!" before kicking down a door, the War on Drugs legitimized no-knock warrants because someone might flush a couple joints down the toilet, ruining the officers' day.

      Absurd.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 01:13:18 PM PDT

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