San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome does a damn good job blasting the stupid and evil "war on drugs," even going so far as to frame it in frank language I’d like to see more often, and even shaming his own political party. You know what? I’d be one hell of a lot less volatile about all of this if I saw more of precisely this sort of thing. Also, of note, is San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessey agreeing that the war on drugs is bunk, noting that near 50% of the jail population is on on a drug charge, with an additional 25% in on robbery and assault type things where there’s an underlying drug issue. So, 75% of the people in jail…there because of the drug war.
They’re there, dear voter, because most of you are stupid enough to have been fooled into supporting it.
Predictably, Gary Gelagnes of the Police Officer’s Association is there to speak out against doing anything that would result in the substantial budget cutting that would likely result with an end to the drug war. So, he lies. No need to go over it. He’s a big fuckin’ liar who’ll be happy to lock up thousands of non-violent people and needlessly spend millions stolen from you to finance it — as long as he gets to keep his position of influence purchased by the evil these pigs do.
Related story, here. Via Balko.