GUILIANI PLEDGES A "DRUG FREE NEW YORK"
On January 1, former federal prosecutor Rudolph Giuliani took the oath
of office to begin his second and final term as Mayor of New York City.
As expected, drugs were high on his list of priorities.
"Four years from now, when the next mayor of New York City stands
here, I want the newspapers and the magazines around the nation to be writing
about how New York City led America to a drug-free America."
Giuliani promised to hire an additional 1,600 cops, and to get more
aggressive against the drug trade. These promises come on the heels of
a Guiliani initiative to crack down on drug sales within Washington Square
Park, famous centerpiece of Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Over the past
several weeks, both buy-and-bust and sell-and-bust operations have been
run in the park, which encompasses two square blocks.
Aaron Wilson of the Partnership for Responsible
Drug Information, a New York-based organization promoting a dialogue
on drug policy, told The Week Online, "The Washington Square Park
initiative demonstrates, in microcosm, the problems with enforcement-based
policies. The dealers are still around the park, but now they're on the
side streets, where people live. It's the classic push-down, pop-up problem.
You can install surveillance cameras, as Giuliani is already doing, and
chase the trade around, but it doesn't go away, it just moves." Wilson
added, "And the entire strategy ignores the fact that most of the
drug trade in New York is conducted indoors, with beepers and home delivery,
or through networks of friends. Guiliani's road to a 'drug-free New York'
will be littered with the lives of thousands more young African Americans
and Latinos, which is not the way that rational people should want to ring
in the new millennium."
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Issue #24, 1/9/98
A Look Ahead at 1998 | War on Patients to Escalate: Federal Government Announces Plan to Raid Cannabis Buyers' Clubs | DRCNet Exclusive!! British Euro-MP's Ordered by Blair to Vote Against Commission Recommendations for EU Drug Policy | Ann Landers, Anthony Lewis Trash Drug War: DRCNet subscribers are urged to respond! | Candle Correction | Giuliani Pledges a "Drug Free New York" | Heroin in New England -- Cheaper, Purer Than Ever | Federal Anti-Drug Ad Campaign to Hit Airwaves | America "Works With" Her International Partner | US Counternarcotics Base to Replace Air Force Base When Panama Canal is Turned Over | Signature Drive Underway for Industrial Hemp Ballot Initiative in California | UK: Home Secretary's Son Found Dealing Cannabis, Legaliation Debate Rages | Australian Cops: "Policign is not the Answer" | "Smoke a Joint, Lose a Limb?:" Pending Mississippi Bill Threatens Dismemberment For Convicted Drug Violators | Student Suspension Overturned | Jury Nullification Ballot Initiative in California | Job Opportunity at DPF | Editorial: A "Drug Free New York?" C'mon Rudy
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