what’s happening is that they’re trying to preempt defunding the police. just like the BC police act review, conveniently announced the day before, which explicitly will not consider decriminalization as recommended last year by Dr Henry. And ignored.
That provincial committee is mandated to update & renew the police act and address systemic racism. The police mandated themselves to renew the police and always be necessary; and they were in fact created as an occupying force, and so they remain. Because that is the system.
did you catch that palmer laughed when asked if this change would reduce police budgets and said
“DefundThePolice is a hashtag, not a real plan” as the police presented their 14-page “proposal” to decriminalize drugs.
but “we’ll need more cops because what if we can’t tell all of you apart so no defunding here” is. Really?
“we’ll need the same number of officers to stop the drugs from being made and getting to you and also to care for you, on the frontlines. and divert. with caring”
so the idea is to use users as bait for “dealers” but it’s as difficult to tell who’s who, the police will choose based on their training.
that’s the same as now
except much more manipulative and divisive which is such a shit thing to do when we’ve all lost so many friends
no. i do not want police given the authority to divert people into treatment.
*WOULD LIKELY ASSUME INCREASED RESPONSIBILITY*
TO DIVERT PEOPLE”
I wonder who they will divert
chief palmer talked about how the VPD have a policy of not arresting people for simple possession, of taking a harm reduction approach. there are contradictions between this policy and practice.
Police board videos
they will still take people’s stuff: “When her regular dealer loses his dope to officers, Steinhauer is sometimes left scrambling and forced to buy drugs from someone she doesn’t know. Sometimes that means the drugs are contaminated.”
THAT IS A LOT OF STUFF
this would be the opposite of harm reduction. there are consequences when one’s assets are seized in an illicit survival economy
know what i mean
if it was yours, you have to replace what the cops took and you never forget what you had to do. it’s your damn medicine. if you were working and that was inventory oh shit. replace it with something cheaper. who knows what anything is really.
citing those two in a report to the federal government that recommends serious changes that affect thousands of people’s lives – rather than (for example)
or a comparative policy review
how about police don’t make policy because the policy recommendation is always MORE POLICE
so this is a different approach to THE EXACT SAME THING. continue criminalizing with these laws made specifically to target Indigenous, Black, and Asian communities – that is, laws made to uphold white supremacy. Laws that enforce the drug war.
this has nothing to do with drugs. you are deliberately missing the point. this is a diversion. this plan gives police more power. it does not decriminalize anything or anyone.