Pubdate: Sun, 22 Sep 2002
Source: Beaufort Gazette, The (SC)
Copyright: 2002 The Beaufort Gazette
Author: Redford Givens


Re: Ridgeland drug-related seizure includes $22,000.

Chief Richard Woods glib defense of keeping a full-time patrol car on I-95 
conceals that this misguided contribution to America's long- failed drug 
crusade keeps half of Ridgeland police force out of town 12 hours a day.

Ridgeland citizens who become victims of property crimes, assaults, rapes 
and murders may not appreciate that they are getting watered down police 
protection because of Chief Woods' appetite for seizing drug money "to 
purchase more equipment." Never mind that the new equipment will be used 
for more drug work, not protecting the townspeople.

This policy is likely to cause some innocent citizen to become victim to a 
terrible crime because the police are too busy stopping motorists "for 
following too close to another vehicle" to adequately protect the community.

Redford Givens

San Francisco
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