Pubdate: Thu, 17 Feb 2005
Source: Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Copyright: 2005 Sun-Sentinel Company
Author: Stephen Heath
Note: Headline created by newshawk


To the editor:

Retired police officer Jack Cole was right on target with his comments.

There's nothing like 15 years in the Florida prison system to totally 
destroy the lives of kids dumb enough to sell some pot or a couple ecstasy 
pills to an undercover officer.

Sure, those kids knew that illegal drug sales can get you in trouble.

But they probably didn't think that police would hire paid actors to 
infiltrate the school, buddy up with them - in many cases using opposite 
sex appeal as added enticement - and then sucker them into helping get a 
couple joints for $10.

Entrapment is a dirty, nasty way of using police. Those officers involved 
are worthy of utter disrespect from all citizens.

We've got enough problems of public safety in our communities that we don't 
need disguised police officers in our school actively soliciting our kids 
to help them commit felony crimes.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen Heath

Public Relations Director

Drug Policy Forum of Florida Clearwater FL