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Good cops and moral? cops

I’m a huge fan of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). A great group of dedicated people who perform an incredibly important service. Their speaker’s bureau arranges for cops against prohibition to speak to Rotary Clubs and other similar organizations. Having a cop speak against the drug war to a group like that is priceless in terms of impact.
This article describes such a talk by LEAP V.P. Peter Christ. The article also includes reactions from local cops to Peter’s visit (Naturally, they’re less enthused about making changes.)
One item in the article that caught my eye:

No matter what the justifications, however, Clifton Heights Police Chief Walter Senkow objected to legalization on a moral basis.

“At that point, we’re telling our kids, it’s okay to abuse their bodies,” Senkow said.

Moral basis? Since when is it the responsibility of the Police Chief to guard our morals? Is Senkow prepared to arrest people for not honoring their mother and father? Or for not keeping the Sabbath holy? Or for not loving their neighbor? Or for not being pure in heart? Since we don’t have specific laws for those things, does that mean that we’re somehow giving a bad message to our kids?
The Police Chief is actually ready to discard an idea that might make his work more effective, because of his need to give a particular moral lesson (while ignoring many others). Perhaps he should leave that to families and churches, and focus on effectively serving and protecting.
Turning to law to provide a moral example has a major drawback.
Laws are created by politicians.
Now think about it. Do you really want to look to politicians for your moral foundation?

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