decriminalization of drugs

Decriminalization: The Cure for Urban Violence

Detroiters are daily witnesses to the worst results from drugs and violence — and not just because — as the Detroit News recently reported – police ranks have shrunk and the narcotics unit disbanded. I can’t get inside the head of Detroit Police Chief James Craig. I’m not qualified to flyspeck his crime-fighting strategy. But […]

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Tough talk won’t stop Detroit violence

Detroit Police Chief James Craig swaggered into town boldly declaring that the carjackings, street crimes and home invasions were a thing of the past. Young brutal barbarians were put on notice that their reign was over. The message was clear and unapologetic: thugs will be aprehended, prosecuted and incarcerated. The self-portrait he painted of a […]

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The prosecution of Officer Weekley: A chilling effect?

A jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley accused of shooting 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones. Unfortunately, the rescheduling of a new trial begs the question of whether there is a double standard when it comes to police justice. Officer Weekley led the raid in search of […]

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