Dedication: Patrick Dorismond 3/16/01

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This issue of The Week Online is dedicated to Patrick Dorismond, a 26-year old Haitian American killed a year ago Saturday (3/17) by undercover New York City police officers on an anti-marijuana patrol as part of the city's "Operation Condor." Dorismond didn't have marijuana, but became angry when an undercover police officer approached him and asked to buy some. In the ensuing events, Dorismond, who was unarmed, was fatally shot. Dorismond was the son of the well known Haitian singer Andres Dorismond and was himself the father of two young children.

A year later, the "buy and bust" tactics which led to Dorismond's death are still in routine use, endangering the lives of law abiding citizens, nonviolent drug law violators and police officers in New York City and elsewhere. The drugs that Operation Condor targets are also still in routine use, demonstrating for yet another year that the drug war and the suffering of its many victims are in vain.

Visit Haiti Progres at http://www.haitiprogres.com to learn more about the Dorismond tragedy and its aftermath. Visit http://www.drcnet.org/wol/130.html#dorismon and http://www.drcnet.org/wol/131.html#newyorkcity for DRCNet's prior coverage of the Dorismond tragedy.

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