This is just another of the despicable side-effects of the drug war.
Yeah, you bust some college kid of selling pot to his friends, and threaten him with a felony, which would kick him out of school, unless he turns on his friends and buys drugs from them for the police.
Informants have a useful place in the criminal justice system, but this isn’t one of them.
“We donâ€™t use the informants in a targeted, careful way of going after organized crime,â€ she says. â€œWe use informants the way that a bad cook uses salt.â€
Fortunately, this article brought up Rachel Hoffman.
Rachel Hoffman, a 23-year-old Florida State University graduate, was pressured in 2008 to be an informant after Tallahassee, Florida, police searched her apartment and found a small amount of marijuana and ecstasy. But the buy turned out to be an armed robbery, and the robbers killed Hoffman after discovering her recording device, says Lance Block, a Florida attorney. […]
â€œThe police are supposed to protect us from harm, not subject us to harm,â€ Block says. â€œAnd when law enforcement intentionally expose untrained civilians into these highly dangerous operations, theyâ€™re not protecting them from harm â€¦ Itâ€™s one thing to get information from people secretly and confidentially. Itâ€™s another thing to throw them to the wolves, like they did with Rachel.â€