The Drug Warriors have lost some ground in the propaganda war on the medical marijuana issue. The author of the forwarded post below claims to have spotted a new propagandistic pattern that paints marijuana users as being prone to violence. I have already seen one attempt to link the recent school shooting in Colorado with marijuana use, even though the author readily admitted that there is no evidence linking this PARTICULAR act of violence with marijuana use.
If you happen to spot an example of the use of this Drug War propaganda tactic in the media or on the web, I'd appreciate it if you would let me know.
Thanks, and take care.
One of the most powerful arguments in the reform arsenal is the fact
the majority of pot arrest in America are "non violent" possession charges.
There have been other hints that the warriors want to reverse this fact
their mis information propaganda.
When NYC police commissioner Safir as on the William F. Buckley, jr.
couple weeks ago he alluded to pot smokers also committing violent crimes.
It was not challenged. This is going to happen more and more. They have to
make the pot smokers look violent. It is the only was to stop the reform wagon.
Going forward from here, I am worried that the Million Marijuana Marches
will be used, by the police, to incite violence and thus contribute to
perception that they want to create that pot users are violent people. I am
especially worried about the NYC rally where organizers have been butting
heads with Benito Guiliani and where a "pro-family" rally has been organized
in the Washington Square park, by the city. That park being the rally start location.
I would like to see distributed this information sheet from the ACLU to
and all participants in the NYC rally in particular but to all of the rallies in the U.S. where the federal government will be looking to discredit reform with distorted violent events orchestrated by the police.
Here is the ACLU's information sheet for contact with police. I
that any who are going to any of the rallies copy this, learn it and give it
to your friends.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE STOPPED BY THE POLICE
*Be polite and respectful. Never bad mouth a police officer.
*Stay calm and in control of your words, body language and emotions.
*Don't get into and argument with the police. Remember, anything you say
do can be used against you.
*Keep your hands where police can see them.
*Don't run. Don't touch any police officer.
*Don't resist even if you believe you are innocent.
*Don't complain on the scene or tell the police they're wrong or that
going to file a complaint.
*Do not make any statements regarding the incident.
*Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest.
*Remember officer's badge and patrol car numbers.
*Write down everything you remember ASAP.
*Try to find witnesses & their name an phone numbers.
*If you are injured, take photographs of the injuries as soon as
but make sure you seek medical attention first.
*If you feel your right have been violated, file a written complaint
police department' internal affair division or civil complaint board.
IF YOU ARE STOPPED FOR QUESTIONING
IF YOU ARE ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO A POLICE STATION
DON'T SAY ANYTHING WITHOUT A LAWYER.
3. Within a reasonable time after your arrest, or booking, you have a
to make a local phone call: to a lawyer, bail bondsman, a relative or any other person. The police may not listen to the
call to the lawyer.
4. Sometimes you can be released without bail, or have bail lowered.
your lawyer ask the judge about this possibility. You must be taken before the judge on the next court day after arrest.
5. Do not make any decisions in your case until you have talked with a lawyer.
IN YOUR HOME
We all recognize the need for effective law enforcement but we should
understand our own rights and responsibilities - especially in our relationship with the police. Everyone, including minors, has the right to
courteous and respectful police treatment. If your rights are violated, don't try to deal with the situation at the scene. You can discus the matter
with an attorney afterwards, or file a complaint with the Internal Affairs
or Civilian Complaint Board.
IF YOU'RE STOPPED IN YOUR CAR
ADVICE FROM THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION.
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