The world is talking about Baltimore right now — another battleground between police and citizens who have lost respect for each other in large part due to the war on drugs.
Overall, the record on Freddie Gray reveals a young man who had frequent encounters with police as they carried out local operations in America’s longest war: the war on drugs.[…]
So, generally speaking, Gray was a low-level, nonviolent offender.
Some people will say his record is irrelevant to the central issues â€” how he died while in the custody of Baltimore police, and why the police pursued him on April 12 to begin with â€” and I agree.
But I mention his record because his encounters with the law stemmed from the enforcement of our drug laws.
Such encounters occur constantly throughout the country.[…]
Still, even with that change, we have the war on drugs. It goes on, day after day, constantly creating needless encounters between police and people like Freddie Gray.
A tweet from Sanho Tree last night…
I’m just trying to imagine what police/community relations might be like today if there’d never been a war on drugs.