Sorry, Ed, I’m pretty much straight up ganking all my content for the day from your blog. Readers, click the linky and go read Dispatches from the Culture Wars!, in my opinion, the best blog on the interwebs.
A new lawsuit filed by a group of state police officers in Nevada could reveal those problems in stark detail — and make it even worse than I thought it was.
A group of Nevada Highway Patrol troopers and a retired police sergeant have filed a racketeering complaint against the NHP and Las Vegas Metro Police in U.S. District Court.
The complaint alleges that after then-Gov. Jim Gibbons approved a K-9 program to target drug runners on Nevada’s highways, Nevada Highway Patrol Commander Chris Perry intentionally undermined the program.
The complaint alleges that the drug-sniffing dogs used by troopers in the program were intentionally being trained to operate as so-called trick ponies, or dogs that provide officers false alerts for the presence of drugs.
The dogs were being trained to alert their handlers by cues, instead of by picking up a drug’s scent by sniffing, the complaint said. When a dog gives a false alert, this resulted in illegal searches and seizures, including money and property, the complaint said.
Honestly, I really don’t think you could expose a dirty police tactic in the “war on drugs” that could surprise me anymore. The “war on drugs” has nothing to do with stopping the flow of drugs in this nation. It’s all about keeping the prisons full, looking tough on crime, and keeping the money rolling in from asset forfeiture.
I haven’t linked to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition for a while.