Ex-Officers Sue Over Firings for Opposing Drug War


Some law enforcement officials who have lost their jobs for questioning the war on drugs and are fighting back in the courts, says the New York Times. Former Arizona probation officer Joe Miller filed a federal lawsuit after he was fired for adding his name to a letter by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), based in Medford, Ma., supporting decriminalization of marijuana.

LEAP’s membership has risen significantly since it was founded in 2002 by five disillusioned officers. It now has an e-mail list of 48,000, and its members include 145 judges, prosecutors, police officers, prison guards, and other law enforcement officials, most of them retired, who speak on the group's behalf. A veteran Texas police officer who quietly supports LEAP spoke anonymously: “We all know the drug war is a bad joke, but we also know that you'll never get promoted if you're seen as soft on drugs.”

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