College hippie shot in ‘drug raid’
Ryan and I sometimes joke around that as attitudes about drug prohibitionism soften, others harden in a predictable, reactionary way. What isn’t funny is when it turns into an overzealous cop who guns down a college kid during a bullshit ‘drug bust‘. Derek Copp (kind of an ironic name) is usually described by friends as an easy going ‘hippie’ who is friendly, nonchalant, and most obviously likes to smoke pot. The police in Grand Valley, Michigan broke into his dorm room obviously hoping to score a drug bust, and ended up shooting this unarmed kid in the chest.
This in a state that suffers over 1000 deaths every year from drunk drivers. Apparently though, the most dangerous people in America must be pot smoking hippies. There’s nothing scarier than some patchouli smelling peace loving granola armed with a deadly bong. Can we get real here? We already have enough death and destruction at the hands of the ‘legal’ ones who are far more dangerous than many illegal substances. Law enforcement agencies are obviously trying to keep their jobs by performing bogus raids in an attempt to have enough press and attention to keep their pointless budgets. The truth is there is no more money for a drug war that is being lost. With many people talking about eliminating budgets for police forces, these cowboys go out and get so overzealous in the need to prove themselves that they walk into the dorm room of a college kid like he’s fucking Pablo Escobar.
This kind of tragic scenario is going to continue to play out as the economy shrinks and drug enforcement budgets do as well. We need to make sure this terrible action is stopped and these kinds of tragedies are averted. We have to realize America’s war on drugs has created too many victims at too high a cost. You cannot war with your own citizens while they struggle to make their lives bearable. If people are not free to do what they want with their own bodies, then how free are they?