Long Branch, NJ — As John Dalberg-Acton famously stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men…” When society grants authority to people — who are prone to corruption — many times, these people will use this authority to enrich themselves and violate the laws of the system that grants them their power. Because of the war on drugs, bad cops are put into positions all the time that allow them to make money breaking laws which they will arrest others for violating.
The following example of corrupt power shows how bad cops can collect their paychecks for decades while partaking in the criminal activity they claim to fight. For 19 years, Long Branch Police Department Christopher Walls, 50, likely threw countless people behind bars for domestic violence and drug activity. Then, last year, he was arrested for both.
He was subsequently tried and pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree Causing a Risk of Widespread Injury and third-degree Manufacturing a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS).
This week, Walls was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his crimes — a rare and lengthy sentence for a police officer.
Walls was charged with a laundry list of crimes including possession, manufacturing meth, and endangering the welfare of a child after police responded to a report of domestic violence at his home and discovered a meth lab last May.
According to police, they were called to Walls’ home over reports of a domestic disturbance. As they investigated the allegations of domestic violence, an unidentified resident in Walls’ home tipped off cops that there was a meth laboratory in the basement.
The New Jersey State Police’s Hazmat Unit discovered instruments and all the ingredients needed to make methamphetamine in the basement and in a shed on the property, along with meth residue on chemistry glassware, authorities said. Walls also had books about making methamphetamine, explosives and poison, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office stated at the time.
“In manufacturing illegal narcotics out of his home, Officer Walls threatened the safety and security of the very community he swore an oath to protect and serve,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said. “We feel that this sentence sends an unmistakable message that such conduct among members of law enforcement will never be tolerated. This former officer’s actions are also a profound disservice to all of the hardworking and dedicated members of law enforcement who work diligently each day to protect their communities with honor.”
Apparently, Walls was cooking meth to supplement his $128,000 base salary he collected from his job at the Long Branch Police Department.
According to prosecutors, police also found a small arsenal of weapons in the home, including long guns and high capacity magazines which were not secured and accessible by the children living in the home.
What this incident shows us is that the war on drugs is a complete failure. The ones enforcing it can’t even prevent themselves from partaking in the trade and manufacture of these arbitrary substances deemed illegal by the state.
Criminalizing addiction and substance abuse has done nothing to curb the problem and as this case illustrates, it is only making it worse. People are literally dying in the streets at an increasing rate and no amount of police state can stop it. In fact, since the inception of the drug war, drug addiction and overdoses have gotten worse.
As this incident, and others like it illustrate, when authorities who enforce the drug war, engage in the very practice they ostensibly fight, it is time we try something else.
Clearly, kidnapping and caging people for substances is making the problem worse. It is time to fix it.