And the snitch goes on, or, Save the chidren!

Nowhere is the evil of the drug war more evident than in the use of children as pawns. As far back as the 70's (which is as far back as I go) cops have used veiled threats against kids to encourage parents to snitch. The abuse has long since become official policy: Whenever children are present during a drug raid, every adult present (and the kids' parents, even if they're not there) is charged with either abuse or endangerment. Except, of course, the people who actually endangered the kids. The state then offers to drop the abuse or endangerment charges in exchange for guilty pleas to drug felonies. This often results in people pleading guilty to things they didn't do, but who cares? Just rack up those convictions and move on. Last year, the Yavapai County Attorney, with the help of other "community leaders," organized a "children's march against meth" in which middle school students paraded around downtown Cottonwood, carrying signs with clever sayings like, "Meth kills". Actually, all the signs said the same thing -- clever AND original. It was appalling. It gets worse -- now, these fine folks have teamed up with Silent Witness to offer school kids cash rewards for information leading to any drug-related arrest on any middle or high school campus in Yavapai County. What's next, a national "Send a friend to prison week"? Instead of cash, why not hand out those little tickets like the pizza parlors give to CHILDREN to redeem for prizes? Or why not just hand out guns?
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fools

How could anybody justify paying children to put themselves in danger of a toturous death because that's how snitches are dealt with and everybody knows this. In a country that worships the dollar like we do I guess one should expect such trechary. But we should also recognize madness like this and stop it before our children are used as pawns in an unjust war that can't be won.

police

until police are willing to offer up thier children on the alter of the drug war.to be butcherd we should not have to donate our children to this insane failed drug policy

snitches

I am a recovering meth user.....what the government makes meth out to be is a lie...and the snitches should all be shot...i am making  it my goal to expose snitches were ever possible for the community to know who AND WHAT THEY ARE

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