When I was growing up, all kinds of kids got picked on. Middle school was a hotbed of harassment. Fat kids. Skinny kids. Freckles. Any last names that rhymed with a dirty word. Anything, really. Back in the day there were no fancy terms for it, bullying just existed without a label.
Cops can be bullies as well, and no where is this more evident than their treatment of the drug addicted masses.
Public Service Announcement: if you have a disease that causes your brain to crave a particular chemical–law enforcement will transform this addiction into a prison sentence. Just close your eyes, and imagine the addicted kids in the movie “Trainspotting.” There wasn’t much these kids wouldn’t do to get their next fix, and the cops know it.
One of my favorite anti-drug commercials goes something like this. Picture a public toilet seat. Now, it won’t be too much of a stretch to imagine that toilet seat has not been cleaned in months. It hasn’t been flushed in months. The tag line reads “No One Thinks They Will Lose Their Virginity Here. Meth Will Change That.” (the Montana Meth Project has some pretty compelling ads, FYI)
Yes, addiction will cause you to do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do. So, leave it to our government to take full advantage of these folks who are down on their luck. Our case for today examines just how far the police can go. In State v. Johnson, the defendant was convicted of six felony drug deals which scored him several years in prison. 2017 Fla.App.LEXIS 11687 (Fla. 2d DCA 2017). We’re going to explore whether or not Johnson can be sentenced on the full weight of these six transactions, under suspicious police circumstances. Continue Reading