I think everybody here know the high esteem I have for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Groups like that are extremely important for turning the tide in the war against drugs. Most law enforcement LEAP members are former police officers, etc. There are very few active-duty members because of the very real risk of losing their job.
LEAP now has the first in a series of posts from an active-duty officer posting anonymously. He’s not proud of his public silence, but believes it necessary for now to keep from losing his job.
As we’ve heard from other LEAP members, there is the sense that the views of LEAP are much more widely held within active-duty law enforcement than one might expect:
Despite my current silence, I believe a paradigm shift regarding the drug war is quietly occurring in every law enforcement agency in this country, thanks in large part to the efforts of LEAP. This paradigm shift is palpableâ€” I can see it, feel it, and on occasion I hear it slip out from fellow officers and even supervisors once in a blue moon. I firmly believe things are about to change in this country, and when they do, those within law enforcement will be jumping off this drug war rat ship like it was on fire. And the jumpers will proclaim that they knew the drug war was wrong the whole time. But alas, I am not here to judge or point fingers at those wearing badgesâ€”I wear one too. I too am riding on that drug war rat ship. Gladly, I will be jumping off that rat ship with everyone else. In the meantime, I can point no fingers, except at myself.
That doesn’t mean, of course, that there aren’t true blue drug war believers — there are plenty — but that with the right amount of critical mass, those will be the minority.