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Submitted 9:11 a.m.
05.06.2015
Letter to the Editor

The War on Drugs has been an abysmal failure, yet society keeps sticking its face in that chainsaw.”

David G. Bolgiano

As a person who started his law enforcement career in the Southeast District in the Eighties, I offer a number of observations:

  1. The introduction and misuse of COMSTAT by the Baltimore Police leadership (using it as a toxic whipping post versus a legitimate criminal investigative tool) placed statistics over humanity.

  2. The War on Drugs has been an abysmal failure, yet society keeps sticking its face in that chainsaw.

  3. Shows such as "Cops" set up an us-versus-them mentality and became the worst role model for what were once called Peace Officers.

Simon is pretty much spot-on in his observations. "The Wire" rocked for a reason.

"Virtuous Policing: Bridging the Gulf Between America's Police and Populace" (CRC Press 2015) goes into these issues at length.

 
These letters written in response to
Q&A April 29
Freddie Gray, the drug war, and the decline of “real policing.”