Detroit, respect drug law reform, says former drug taskforce leader

01 Jul, 2014

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CONTACT: Darby Beck – darby.beck@leap.cc or (415) 823-5496

 

FORMER DRUG TASKFORCE LEADER ASKS DETROIT PD TO RESPECT DRUG LAW REFORM

 

Police Chief Craig Refuses to Meet with Former Drug Taskforce Leader to Discuss Alleged Ethics Violations

 

[caption id="attachment_9061" align="alignright" width="250"]Detroit Police Chief James Craig Detroit Police Chief James Craig[/caption]

DETROIT—Thirty four year police veteran Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), who oversaw nine drug taskforces and is now executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs, is in town this week to discuss seemingly illegal actions by the Detroit police and the increasing militarization of police forces across the country as a result of the war on drugs. Franklin has been meeting with civic groups and working with drug war victims to investigate allegations of serious ethics violations regarding the Detroit narcotics division.

“After speaking with Detroit residents, it’s clear that ‘temptations for officers in settings where loose cash and narcotics are to be found,’ an issue acknowledged as a problem in Item 5 of page 45 of Police Chief Craig’s 2014 Crime Plan, still exist and are still creating problems for the community,” said Major Franklin.

Yet despite his efforts, Chief Craig has so far not responded to Major Franklin’s numerous requests to discuss the charges.

[caption id="attachment_9043" align="alignright" width="211"]Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), Executive Director, LEAP Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), Executive Director, LEAP[/caption]

“I’ve traveled the world from city to city, talking about the harms of the drug war but Detroit is really ground zero. Here we are in one of the most violent cities in the country and police are spending their time conducting militarized raids on medical marijuana providers. Good cops don’t want to do that. They go into law enforcement because they want to stop violent criminals. But asset forfeiture laws and federal grants incentivize low-level drug arrests that destroy people’s lives and can lead to bad behavior on the part of individual officers who sully the name of the rest. Our police are being held hostage by the drug war,” Franklin lamented.

He said he would also like to discuss the department’s disregard for voter-approved initiatives reforming marijuana law. “One of the department’s stated goals is to improve community relations. You don’t do that by disregarding the will of the people who voted to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize possession arrests.”

Please contact Darby Beck at darby.beck@leap.cc or (415) 823-5496 to arrange an interview with a law enforcement official opposed to the war on drugs.

 

Written by Rick Thompson

Rick Thompson

Rick Thompson was the Editor in Chief for the entire 2-year run of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine, was the spokesman for the Michigan Association of Compassion Centers and is the current Editor and Lead Blogger for The Compassion Chronicles. Rick has addressed committees in both the House and Senate, has authored over 200 articles on marijuana and is a professional photographer. He can be reached at: 4mrick@gmail.com

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Rick Thompson

Rick Thompson was the Editor in Chief for the entire 2-year run of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine, was the spokesman for the Michigan Association of Compassion Centers and is the current Editor and Lead Blogger for The Compassion Chronicles. Rick has addressed committees in both the House and Senate, has authored over 200 articles on marijuana and is a professional photographer. He can be reached at: 4mrick@gmail.com http://www.thecompassionchronicles.com/?attachment_id=5519

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