Pubdate: Fri,  7 Jun 2002
Source: Houston Chronicle (TX)
Copyright: 2002 Houston Chronicle Publishing Company Division, Hearst Newspaper
Authors: David J. Welch, Harry D. Fisher, Jim Griffith


Felony dumb:

In regards to the political/ police action of May 4 at Fitzgerald's 
["Doobieous Bust," by John Suval, May 16], it would behoove each of us to 
question the intelligence of both the police and those busted.

On the police side, what a scandalous, wasteful allocation of manpower and 
scarce resources to bust a couple of potheads. How much real crime went 
down on May 4?

How much animosity was spread across the community with this immoral act? 
If stupidity were a crime, those busted would be doing life without parole.

Police presence was as thick as purple haze. Dude, when you know there are 
cops around and someone much older, whom you have never met, seen or talked 
to, keeps bugging you for weed, are you really surprised when they're narcs?

Are you sure the cops didn't have doughnuts, because the bustees sound like 
a bunch of Homers.

David J. Welch


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Abusing Power?

If the readers of the article about the police activities during the 
"Million Marijuana March" would look closer, they'd discover that they have 
a police state on their hands. What the police did is exactly how they do 
things in totalitarian states: They infiltrate meetings of all kinds and 
try to get people to incriminate themselves. Then they make mass arrests. 
This is how the police acted in communist and fascist dictatorships, and 
it's surprising to see it in Texas, of all places.

The arrest of the participants of the party is a misuse of the law, and the 
sole purpose of the raid was to terrorize the participants and to screw 
money out of whomever they arrested, the penalty being 180 days in jail and 
a $2,000 fine. Since when has it been accepted in the United States for 
police to storm peaceful assemblies and rough up the participants, as if we 
were a communist dictatorship? It's shameful that such things go on in 
places where people pride themselves on their love for liberty, as in 
Texas. It does not speak well of you that you allow ordinary people to be 
brutalized for no reason.

Harry D. Fisher

Woodland Hills, California

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Buy Bye:

The event in Texas must have been done by the same police that live in our 
tiny town.

My wife and I are casual users who are not into dealing. An acquaintance 
came over looking for some pot, but we told him four or five times that we 
didn't have any. Finally we were becoming upset that he wouldn't take no 
for an answer and sold him our little bit, 2.91 grams.

Two months later, my wife and I were handcuffed in front of our children by 
two city cops and a guy from the metro drug unit. It seems that this 
so-called friend was wearing a wire so he could get a lesser sentence for 
something he had done.

It almost seems that the police want to create a crime so they have 
something they can boast about cleaning up (nothing like a little job 
security). We have an 18-month probation and have spent over $9,000 in 
fines, lawyers and drug assessments. We even had to pay so that the guy who 
set us up had safety, all for 2.91 grams of marijuana. We are business 
owners and never had any run-ins with the law before.

We will do everything we can to help legalize marijuana and put an end to 
the government destroying more families for such a ridiculous crime. I read 
somewhere something that said, "If I'm going to jail for pot, I wonder who 
they're letting out to make room for me."

Jim Griffith

Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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