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Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in At TMV | 3 comments

Retired Police Officer Gets Choked Up Reflecting On the War on Drugs

In the above video, Major Neil Franklin, a retired police officer and current LEAP Executive Director, gets choked up as he reflects on the injustice of the War on Drugs, pointing out the role he played in enforcing this policy in poor minority neighborhoods.

“I think about all those things I did throughout the years that I’m not proud of today,” Franklin says, struggling to hold back his tears. “Every time I go here, it just—when that is brought up—it just takes me back to those things that I did as a police office for three decades that I’m not proud of, and that’s what we need to change. I am a police officer in recovery—from police officer to peace officer.

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  • SteveK

    Powerful video Nick. I wonder how many will watch more than 30 seconds of it.

  • JSpencer

    Wasted resources (taxpayer funded and asset forfeiture) and wasted lives. That’s what much of the “war on drugs” comes down to. The whole ugly business is more suited to old Soviet Union than it is the USA. Good job LEAP is doing in showing how it really is.

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