Once the word reached Sydney about the frozen koalas I knew there'd be dramas. The Big Bosses wife is a wildlife carer obsessed. I got the job cos of my intimate connections with a certain Well Known Tourist Attraction who supposedly had a frozen K in their fridge. Plus it was me who put in the report about the Rally rumours. It was hard to get a look in the WKTA but I managed to work a way in the dead of night. Sure enough there he was, a big frozen male taking up most of the freezer. And a goanna, and a wallaby! From there the rumour mill went berserk until we found ourselves on the trail of giant catapults which were supposed to hurl the frozen hairy 'rocks' at the rally cars from hundreds of metres away. It was all nonsense I realized when I found out the whole freezer was emptied for a celebratory indigenous feast well before the rally but by then the story was a reality and no one believed a word from me.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Kristina Goetz of the Memphis Commercial Appeal has this story about an officer doing "deep undercover."
She also had to restrain her police instincts to break up a fight at a convenience store or call social services if she saw a dealer hit his child because being caught would compromise the larger goal.
And what larger goal was more important than preventing physical child abuse? I would sue the police department if I were an assault victim and a police officer present did nothing. But such is the nature of the war on drugs. Locking up a drug dealer (not preventing drug use) is more important than preventing injury or the beating of a child. All the evils she saw? Those weren't caused by drugs. They were caused by bad people in bad conditions. And people who commit bad crimes should get locked up. So let me get this right. All the crimes you saw, the poverty, the desperation, the tricks, the violence, the child abuse? You saw people in f*cked up situations doing bad sh*t. And you were a police officer and you let it happen. You let all that slide because you were fighting some bigger fight. You rationalized that you needed to let some crimes slide so that you could go "up the ladder" and maybe even lock up some "kingpins" and win the war on drugs? Did you? In a year's time, this officer's work "resulted in more that 280 arrests — from low-level drug peddlers to big-name dealers." And is Memphis safer? Have murders gone down? Has drug use gone down? By being "deep undercover," you ignored your oath as a police officer to defend the laws and the Constitution of our land. Look, it's not like this officer didn't give her all. So did LEAP founder Jack Cole. They just gave it for the wrong reasons. Like Jack Cole, perhaps she too will speak out against the war on drugs. Maybe she'll wonder if some of the people she locked up weren't really that bad. Maybe she'll feel bad that some people are in prison because they were in bad situations and they trusted her. They thought she was their friend. And for all I know, she might have been their friend. And then she ratted them out. That would be a heavy weight on my shoulders. [from Cop in the Hood]