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It’s not just a war on drugs — it’s a war on people and on culture.
It happened again on Saturday, this time in Flint, Michigan. From the Drug Policy Alliance:
On Saturday the local police raided a popular nightclub, Club What’s Next, and ticketed hundreds of music fans who were attending a dance night known as “Getting Lucky” (the DJs included Halluci-Nate, Sparkimus Prime, White Rabbit, Captain Cheddar and California’s Dj Primo.) While some people were arrested for possessing or selling illegal drugs, most people were ticketed for “frequenting a drug establishment,” a misdemeanor offense.
That’s right. In Flint, Michigan (and many other cities) if you go out dancing on a Saturday night and the police happen to arrest other people at the club for drugs, you could be charged with a drug crime even though you had nothing to do with drugs. These innocent party-goers now face up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine. They also face a criminal record with all the legal and social barriers that brings. Several people that were at the club that night told us club-goers were also subjected to strip searches, including full cavity searches – even though they had nothing to do with drugs. Imagine the police walking into your favorite bar or nightclub and making you submit to a strip search for no reason! Imagine spending 90 days in jail or paying a $500 fine for dancing!
The raid on Club What’s Next was conducted by Flint’s Special Operations and Crime Area Target Team units, along with the Flint Area Narcotics Group and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Posse. We’re looking into whether or not federal Byrne grant money helped finance the raids. (On a side note, any law enforcement agency that has the word “posse” in it should be suspect).
This is sick. It’s un-American. It’s an outrageous abuse of power. And it’s an attack on young people and music.
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You can make a difference. The last time a charge like this was invoked was in Racine, Wisconsin last year, and the outcry caused them to dismiss the charges.
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