Tuesday, March 31, 2009

LEAP's Norm Stamper on Democracy Now, Mar. 30, 2009

Norm Stamper, the brilliantly articulate former Chief of Police in Seattle, was interviewed on Democracy Now on March 30 about drug legalization.

His analysis would not be new to students of this issue. But he tells how, many years ago, making his first arrest of a 19-year old for possession of marijuana, after breaking into the suspects home), he wondered about the public safety value of the arrest.

Stamper would begin a case by case review of persons in prison on drug charges to release those who would not be a danger to the community.

I very strongly recommend his book, Breaking Rank. It covers many of the important issues in policing and police management.

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