In a Sunday op-ed in the
Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond Police Chief Jerry Oliver joined the
growing chorus of drug war critics in law enforcement.
His piece, entitled "Police
Pay Too: Nation's War on Drugs Exacts a Terrible Price," explored how attempts
to enforce laws against consensual activities, such as drug buying and
selling, are damaging law enforcement.
Oliver pointed out that law
enforcers put "our credibility at risk when police stoop to snooping on
fellow Americans over drugs."
Writing that current drug
policy "is failing and the trajectory continues downward," Oliver bemoaned
the billions spent on drug law enforcement. "These billions might
be better spent on demand reduction, prevention, treatment, education,
community-building, and supporting families," he wrote.
The Richmond police chief
also denounced the "business" of drug crime incarceration, and made a clarion
call for the adoption of a harm reduction approach to drug policy.
The op-ed is well worth reading
in its entirety, both as a well-written and heartfelt cry for change, and
as an article documenting the attitudinal shifts afoot in the land, now
reaching the upper ranks of law enforcement. Visit http://www.timesdispatch.com/editorial/oped/MGBLC2FGKEC.html
to read Chief Oliver's op-ed online.
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Issue #157, 10/27/00
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