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Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A quiet week -- perhaps it's the holidays -- yields a Carolina two-fer of corrupt cops. Let's get to it:

In Darlington, North Carolina, a Darlington police officer was arrested Monday on drug trafficking charges. Officer Dominique Robinson is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Robinson had been serving as a school resource officer for the police department. At last word, Robinson was in jail awaiting a bond hearing.

In Chesterfield, South Carolina, a Chesterfield County Sheriff's deputy was arrested December 3 on federal drug charges. Deputy Albert Surratt III went down after a joint local-state-federal investigation. He and one other man are charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. He is also charged with possession of a firearm during a drug crime.

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Is the South third world?



In Defense of the South

I get really sick and tired of people denegrading the south as though we are a bunch of inbred, uneducated rednecks. The south is full of thoughtful, well-educated, and sophisticated people. We may take our time about things, and we may be a little old fashioned, but I would point out that both these stories are nothing new ALL OVER AMERICA. It just happens to be the south this time. Secondly, only one of these stories concerns a southern state. North Carolina is a NORTHERN state, not just because that's part of their name, but also because they identify themselves as being a northern state, going all the way back to the war between the states. I admit that the south sadly lags behind the rest of the nation in terms of progressiveness, but it is unfair to characterize southerners as backward. We just like to take our time and warm up to ideas. I long to see the end of this outrageous war on drugs, as do many of my fellow southerners. The powers that be in the south are the backward ones, mostly thanks to the religious right, but it is important to remember that there are unsophisticated assholes in every state, not just the south.

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I apologize for leaving the

I apologize for leaving the comment online, which is not consistent with our policy of disallowing denigration of groups of people without substantive contribution to the drug policy dialogue. As the latest respondent pointed out, these corruption incidents are happening all over the country.

North Carolina part of the north, though? As a northerner I'm not sure I'd agree. Interesting to hear a southern perspective on it, though. :)

David Borden, Executive Director the Drug Reform Coordination Network
Washington, DC

All over Amerika?

[email protected],Vancouver,B.C.Canada I can assure you that you have no monopoly on corrupt cop stories.Just look at Mexico,where the cops are so corrupt they had to bring in the army to fight the cartels.You can tell the honest Mexican police by the bullet holes in their cars.The last time I was busted in Canada the cops seized over seven ounces of heroin and when I went to court there was 182 points.Not that I complained.That's why it's so easy for them to get away with it.Who's going to go into court and ask where the rest of the dope went?Perhaps I should point out that Canada is really north.A friend who got caught with seven kilos of heroin in Thailand found that the amount presented in court was just enough to allow for a life sentence.He was released on some royals birthday.The heroin was also about half the strength but who's counting?Our prisons are being equipped with the most sophisticated drug sensing equipment and the drugs still get in.It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.I have spent a lot of time in a lot of prisons and the only drugs brought in by relatives and friends are small amounts for personal use.The drugs for sale are carried in by guards.

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