Late-morning links: After six months of legal pot, Colorado isn’t yet Somalia

 

  • Another glorious victory in the war on drugs: A nine-year-old girl has turned in her parents for seven pot plants under the house. Local police are lauding her bravery. She has been taken from her parents, and now lives with her grandparents.
  • More of this, please: The San Francisco Police Department has released the names of every police officer involved in a shooting since 1990. It wasn’t voluntarily, however. The release came only after a California Supreme Court ruling narrowing the exceptions police agencies can claim to the state’s open records law.
  • New Jersey state Assemblyman Charles Mainor says the drug war hasn’t taken any innocent lives. Here’s a set of stories to get him started. It’s by no means comprehensive.
  • The Drug Policy Alliance releases its six-month “status report” on legalization in Colorado. The prognosis is good. Granted, you’d probably expect that from the Drug Policy Alliance. But it’s difficult to quarrel with the data.
  • Interesting breakdown of exonerations by contributing factors. Nearly half are at least partly due to misconduct by public officials.
Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."

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Radley Balko · June 27, 2014