Temptation is always too much for cops [updated]
Former head of Scotland Yard’s Drug Squad, Eddie Ellison, used to tell new recruits at every induction to look at their colleagues either side of themselves. "If both of them aren't corrupt in two years,” he'd say, “then you will be." That was the expected extent of corruption in police Drug Squads, Ellison explained -- the result of a collision between low-paid law enforcement and huge amounts of illicit money.
The money is the result of the War on Drugs. The corruption of the police is just another example of how the War destroys everything it touches
So it's no surprise to hear that two policemen were part of the group arrested yesterday for running a syndicate said to be the country’s largest supplier of the drug Ecstasy. No surprise, because however much an erstwhile crime fighter is being paid, it's always far, far less than the amount of money washing around as the result of the War on Drugs.
That's just one reason that law enforcement officers like Ellison are now part of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
And ironic that while local police are crowing about this drug bust (which simply opens the market up to this group’s competitors to grab the profits from the much higher prices they can now demand) Eddie Ellison’s colleagues in London are calling for Ecstasy to be downgraded to just being a Class B drug, and the whole War on Drugs to wind down. In fact,
Metropolitan Police Commander Brian Paddick told the MPs that arresting people for possessing ecstasy was a "waste of valuable police resources."
Given his views, one wonders what Commander Paddick would think then about the recent use of New Zealand’s valuable police resources?
Here's Heaven 17.
Labels: Victimless Crimes