Pubdate: Tue, 11 Sep 2001
Source: Daily Southtown (IL)
Copyright: 2001 Daily Southtown
Author: James Gierach


Another Chicago police officer has been charged with dealing drugs. This 
time the drug is ecstasy. This development calls for action. Perhaps 
Chicago police officers should be compelled to attend D.A.R.E. classes. Or 
maybe this officer went bad, if he did, because he did attend or maybe he 
taught D.A.R.E. classes.

Perhaps drug education is not the answer to anti-drug prayers. Maybe 
prevention is the answer. However, since ecstasy is a lab-made rather than 
a God-made intoxicant, we cannot spray the coco and poppy fields of 
Columbia in hopes of fighting ecstasy. Maybe to help police get a grip we 
should spray them with Colombian Mist - the concoction also known as 
Roundup Ultra, the aerial weedkiller containing Cosmoflux 411F, that 
America sprays on Colombians and their growing fields.

Unhappy with those worn drug war choices? Last choice - lock up police 
officers who somehow missed the anti-drug message of drug war. Supposedly, 
the charged Chicago officer distributed 1,000 pills of ecstasy to close 
friends and neighbors. Under Illinois' newly passed, hang-tough, 
down-with-ecstasy law, the distribution of 15 pills is a "Class-X" 
(big-trouble) crime punishable by a minimum of six years to a maximum of 30 
years behind bars. Computing the minimum penalty for each 15-pill 
infraction (1,000 pills divided by 15 pills 66.67 times), the suspected 
officer, on conviction, could be doing 400 years minimum and 2,000 years 

At $30,000 per incarceration year, the drug-failing of one Chicago police 
officer could set Illinois taxpayers back $12 million to $60 million 
buckaroos. That's enough to make any sober taxpayer "just say no" to the 
fool-hardy drug war. I'm not a big death penalty fan, but let's hope the 
insane drug war overdoses and croaks.

James Gierach
Oak Lawn
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