Tag: police

1
Aug

July Monthly Mosaic: Police Brutality and the War on Drugs

  JULY 2017 MONTHLY MOSAIC Police Brutality & the War on Drugs The 2014 police killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri caught heavy media attention, sparking a national conversation about police brutality and the propulsion of the Black Lives Matter movement into that conversation. The strong reaction from the Ferguson community, supported by concerned citizens across the

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3
Jul

Warrior Cops- Radley Balko to speak at Busboys and Poets

On July 23rd, SSDP will cosponsor an event at Busboys and Poets where journalist and author Radley Balko will discuss his new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Force. As a reporter for the Huffington Post, Balko has written before about police raids for drug crimes, often on questionable or mistaken grounds, and with terrible results. In addition, Balko has

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1
Feb

UConn SSDP successfully changes a campus marijuana policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE STORRS, CT – Following a meeting with student government leaders on January 30, 2011, the University of Connecticut’s Office of Community Standards altered its penalties for students found in possession of small amounts of marijuana, equalizing the punishment with underage drinking. The change is largely in response to Connecticut’s recent decriminalization of marijuana, which lowered the penalty

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28
Jun

NFL Pro Bowler Flexes Rights During Police Encounter

One of my favorite things I’ve been able to do through SSDP is present information on how to handle yourself in a police encounter. A frequent question asked during these sessions, many people wonder, “what’s the of point denying consent to a search? If a cop wants to search your car, they’ll search it anyway.” Well, NFL Defensive Tackle and former

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16
Jun

U.S.-Mexico Railroads Face Heavy, Illogical Fines

Over the past three years, the U.S. War on Drugs has brought $400 million in fines to rail shippers on the U.S.-Mexican border. Now, The Associated Press reports, the largest U.S. railroad company Union Pacific is refusing to pay for something it cannot control. Following accusations of negligence from the Justice Department, Union Pacific vice president Bob Grimaila says the railroad cannot

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14
Jan

Drug War violence leads to UMD student's death

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2011 CONTACT: Stacia Cosner, SSDP National Associate Director – (410) 299-3433 Lauren Mendelsohn, UMD SSDP (202) 596-7737 Marijuana Prohibition to Blame in Shooting Death of University of Maryland Student UMD student group says legalization will end drug war violence   College Park, MD. – Officials at Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) charged today that the murder

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26
Jan

Fired Cop Wins Suit

Check this out! This is LEAP’s press release (verbatim) regarding this awesome victory for free speech! SEATTLE, WA — A Mountlake Terrace police sergeant who was fired after publicly criticizing the “war on drugs” has reached an $812,500 settlement in a lawsuit he filed against the city and police department, among others. Under the settlement, Sergeant Jonathan Wender has been

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11
Aug

Rachel Hoffman

It has been 3 months since 23 year old Rachel Hoffman was killed in a botched drug sting set up by the Tallahassee Police Department. After being arrested twice for marijuana, Rachel was given an ultimatum, turn informant of face up to 5 years in prison. As a recent Florida State University graduate and with plans to attend culinary school

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