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Letter: War on drugs has adverse effects

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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012 4:08 pm

Recently, you ran a front page story about: “Police agencies don’t test thousands of rape kits” (Nov. 11, 2012).

This is not just a local issue. Throughout the United States rape kits are going unused and murders are going unsolved for one major reason: the War on Drugs. I urge the readers to view this short video featuring the former LAPD Deputy Chief of Police Stephen Downing: http://tinyurl.com/b3juxa4.

There is no financial incentive for police agencies to solve murders or rapes, however, there is major incentives to confiscate drug money. Before the drug war, police were credited with solving 91 percent of the murders in the U.S. Today, they solve 61 percent.

In drug transactions, there are willing buyers and willing sellers. In rapes or murders there are unwilling victims. I want our police to protect me against people who want to harm me against my will. Not myself.

Kirk Muse

Mesa

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