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Our War on Drugs is Driving Family Migration

by Assistant State's Attorney Inge Fryklund (Fmr.)We are torn by images of children being ripped from their parents at the border with Mexico, but few are asking why parents are so desperate to escape their own countries that they are willing to risk everything—including family separation.

A recent NY Times article explored that question. Many parents had concluded that the risk of losing their children outweighed the near certainty of death for those children at home—due to gang and cartel violence.

Source: The Associated Press
People are not fleeing some Act of God—drought or hurricanes—that could not be anticipated or prevented. Rather, they are fleeing violence and governmental failure stemming in large part from the War on Drugs driven by failed U.S. policies.

When something people want is declared illegal, the inevitable and predictable consequence is violence. Alcohol Prohibition (1920-1933) led to government corruption in U.S. cities as the unabated demand for alcohol required…

How a Black, Female LAPD Cop Would Change Policing, Part II of II

A Conversation with Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey (Ret.) of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Read Part I Here. 

Monica Westfall: Do you think there’s a gap in use-of-force training that allows officers to plead that they feared for their lives when they face murder charges for use of force - in killing unarmed black men in particular? And what do you think would be a better method of training in this area?

Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey (Ret.): It’s not a training issue. It’s an accountability issue! We are trained a certain way, and we are certainly not trained to shoot people who scare us. If you are that frightened of a community, again, this is not the job for you. If you’re easily moved to anger because someone curses at you, or because someone runs from you, or because someone doesn't comply - this is not the job for you. Those are things that are inherent to police work, those things happen everyday - sometimes all day! You don’t get to shoot people when they run from you. I don't think any o…