Last year, 11-year veteran of the Baltimore police force and veteran of the USMC, Michael Wood shocked America after leaving the force and the blowing the corruption wide open. Wood became an internet sensation after releasing a string of tweets describing the despicable nature of his department, including telling the world about cops “Pissing and shitting inside suspects homes during raids, on their beds and clothes.” He’s showing no signs of letting up either. If you aren’t following Michael Wood on Twitter, you are missing out.
Calling in fake 911 calls for a disturbance, to get into a house, under "exigent circumstances" like a "cry for help"
— Michael A. Wood Jr. (@MichaelAWoodJr) July 6, 2015
Wood is “100% against the drug war,” and he understands the vicious cyclical nature of the system, as he recently pointed out in an interview with the Washington Post.
“You start to see the cycle of how these kids get put in the system at a young age, often for doing nothing wrong, and how that limits their options, which pushes them into selling drugs or other crime,” he said. “You start to see that they never had a chance.”
YouTube user, Joe Citizen Hoe, recently put together a powerful rant by Wood about the criminal justice system. In the rant, Wood describes how police officers actually create criminals by enforcing the immoral war on drugs.
What Wood is describing is called recidivism. Recidivism is a fundamental concept of criminal justice that shows the tendency of those who are processed into the system and the likelihood of their future criminal behavior as a result.
The War on Drugs creates criminals every single minute of every single day. The system is setup in such a way that it fans the flames of violent crime by essentially building a factory that turns otherwise peaceful people into violent criminals.
Wood’s words are powerful and provide an expert view of how and why so many young black men find themselves entangled in the system. Before rattling off some ridiculous statistic about crime and black culture, people would do well to understand the inherently racist nature of the war on drugs and the subsequent living hell it creates in poor communities.
For a more in-depth look at this hell, you can read about it at this link, as well as the solutions we propose to fix it.