Drug Bust Backfires
Police and the DEA end up in hot seat after marijuana raid: The DEA thugs love to pretend they're in a war — unfortunately they think the opponent is the American people ["Agents Cuff the Wrong Guy," Chris Roberts, Sucka Free City, 2/16]. They [the officers] deliberately chose a career that involves pointing guns and helping throw people in cages for something the majority of the American people thinks should be legal. So, I'm sorry if I can't get upset if they lose everything.
All this nonsense over a plant: Yes, when the war on drugs hits home with the innocent, they get a firsthand idea of how rotten the law is. All this is over a nontoxic weed. How ridiculous does it get? It is my understanding a lot of innocent people have been killed in such proceedings for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mr. Clark Freshman should consider himself lucky he did not become one of the accidental shootings the DEA is so infamous for.
Two wrongs don't make a right: The police screwed up. That's obvious. But it's completely unnecessary for the professor to say that he wants to sue until "I see [the agents'] houses sold at auction and their kids' college tuition taken away from them." In other words, he wants more people out on the street and less educated. That's just great.
How I personally feel about pot (can't stand it) doesn't really matter. How I feel personally about law enforcement as a general rule (love 'em) doesn't really matter. In this case, they probably should be sued. But not until they're homeless, for crying out loud.
Cheaters Never Win?
Looking for answers: It is my understanding that training is a part of everyday activities at every firehouse in San Francisco, as are housework (cleaning the physical property) and maintenance of the equipment ["Black Firefighters Make Explosive Charges," Matt Smith, Column, 2/16]. Wouldn't it be appropriate for officers to be discussing this [test] information? Isn't that information and training given to all on-duty personnel? How then could this be a secret kept for just some when it is all there in the training manuals?
I suggest that it [study information] is available to all who care to learn, and those who spend more time and effort in studying those manuals (and critiquing the fire incidents to improve on techniques) will do well on a promotional exam. The answers to the exams are all there in the manuals! Cheat away, if that is what the author of this article and his source call cheating.
Blog Comment of the Week
In response to a post about the proposed ban on the sale of shark fins: Exactly right, SFoodie. Spot on ["Is Banning Shark's Fin Racist?," Jonathan Kuaffman, 2/15]. This has nothing to do with anyone's ethnicity or their culture, but rather the imminent collapse of an animal population. There is no way to regulate the take of shark fin or ensure the fins are only taken from legally harvested shark in a sustainable manner. The problem has gotten much larger and more dire than that. Extinctions and near extinctions are on hand.
The Sucka Free City item "Agents Cuff the Wrong Guy," [Chris Roberts, 2/16] incorrectly stated Clark Freshman's title as main consultant to television show Lie to Me. He works with the main consultant of the show, Paul Ekman. SF Weekly regrets the error.