Thurmont, MD -- To protect the town of Thurmont, Maryland from the horrors of marijuana, a brave police officer went into deep cover in one of the most dangerous places on the planet -- a Burger King. After a months-long undercover operation, and thousands of taxpayer dollars, Officer Nicole Fair saved the city from the likes of 5 whole grams of marijuana and two whole pills.
Unimpressed? Angry? Feel ripped off? Yes, so do we.
Instead of investigating actual crimes like rapes, robberies, and murders, the Thurmont police department squandered vast amounts of resources to attempt to kidnap, cage, and, if necessary, kill people who are voluntarily buying and selling a plant that makes them happy.
The two Burger King employees who had the entrepreneurial spirit to supplement their minimum wage jobs by selling a highly beneficial and nearly miraculous plant, 23-year-old Tommy Lee Miller and 28-year-old Jonathan Brook Moser, are now facing jail time.
"I was hired to help and protect the community of Thurmont, and that was what I was doing. You hear about all the drug problems we’re having here and elsewhere and, whether it’s marijuana or something else, we’re really feeling the effects of it,” Fair said of her role in the arrests. “To be able to do something to directly address that, especially being a new officer, was extremely rewarding.”
Who exactly does Fair think she is protecting in this situation? Who in her community is served by this blatant attempt by the department to enrich themselves through the perpetuation of the deadly, corrupt, and immoral war on drugs?
It's certainly not the two gentlemen who had their lives ruined and their freedom taken; not to mention all future employment opportunities stolen from them by the police state. No, the only people served in this scenario are the police themselves as the drug war is a means of legal theft that allows cops to pillage and plunder the populace under the ostensible premise of protecting society.
Naturally, the people of Thurmont are furious and have taken to the comment section on the Frederick News Post to voice their discontent.
This is a disgrace, and the police department should be embarrassed. Stories like this are precisely why people hate cops. Congrats on ruining two kids' lives for a tiny amount of a drug that is completely harmless, and actually legal and helping support the economy in some states. Solid police work right here people.
Another commenter pointed out how the paper went so far as to praise this operation like it was some decades-old murder that was solved.
Are you kidding me. That is about 100$ worth of stuff probably less and your writing a new article about it like its the biggest bust of the year. Why not write the article and the police spending probably 10x the amount of money then the stuff costs. This was pointless and a waste of time just make it legal already maybe then you can actually keep catching heroin and big pill dealers the one actually causing deaths.
Sadly enough, the newspaper, the city officials, and the cops have no idea that they are the laughing stock of the nation -- and they plan to continue blowing through taxpayer money in their shameless war on drugs.
“It’s a first here in town, and we’re not going to stop,” Police Chief Greg Eyler said. “If we get information, we’ll put people in covert operations and these dealers won’t know who they’re selling to. That’s something that’s not going to stop until we move these dealers out of town.”
Guess what Eyler, when you move these dealers out of town, more will fill their spots. The drug war does nothing to remove demand -- as the ones who profit it from it most, like the police and government, already know.
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Now for the really sad part:
If you were murdered today, there's only a 60% chance of police catching the person who did it. That number drops to 3% if you're raped. 50 years ago, that number was much higher. What happened?
The answer to that question can be found by looking at where police allocate much of their time and resources -- like going undercover in a Burger King for two months to catch a couple of guys who were selling a plant.
Civil asset forfeiture pays. Busting low-level drug dealers by the dozen and confiscating their drugs, guns, cars, houses, and money pays. Writing tickets for victimless crime pays. Pulling you over for window tint, seat belts, arbitrary traveling speeds, and expired license plates; these are the things that pay, not solving crimes.
In criminal justice, clearance rates are used as a measure of crimes solved by the police. The clearance rate is calculated by dividing the number of crimes that are "cleared" (a charge being laid) by the total number of crimes recorded.
In the United States, the murder clearance rate in 1965 was more than 90 percent. Since the inception of the war on drugs, the murder clearance rate has plummetted to an average of less than 65 percent per year.
This decline is in spite of there being far fewer murders. It is also in spite of new technological developments to help police solve crimes, like DNA testing, advanced forensic labs, and unethical spying devices like the stingray.
Despite the near complete erosion of the constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure, the clearance rate for murder continued its free fall. This highlights the fact that no matter how many rights are given up or freedoms diminished, police cannot guarantee your safety.
While police are failing to investigate murders, the rate at which they are ignoring rape is nothing short of criminal.
According to the Department of Justice, there are currently over 400,000 untested rape kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms nationwide, and many other estimates suggest that this number could be as high as one million.
As a result of this horrific negligence, roughly 3% of rape cases in America are actually solved. This is in spite of the fact that many rape kits have a high chance of leading to an arrest since most rapists are career criminals who have their DNA on file.
In some cases, the victims even know who their attackers were, but they can not prosecute these criminals because the evidence has yet to be processed by police.
Arresting rapists and murderers simply falls short in the two areas police are worried about -- revenue collection and keeping their inflated drug war budgets flowing.
Until the drug war is brought to an end, we can expect to see crime expand and the rights of innocent people violated.