decrim vs harm

Now Who’s Decriminalized

And that is how police practices accelerated the contamination of the supply. That is how they made it worse. Not only is it impossible to "get the bad drugs off the street," it is harmful to try. And they will say that no charges were laid, and that doesnt fucking matter at all.

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?

Budget
For example, police in countries that have decriminalized drugs must still enforce existing drug legislation,
playing a key role in diverting people with substance use disorder to treatment and other social support
services. While much of this would likely fall to frontline officers, drug enforcement units would continue
to conduct major investigations against drug traffickers and drug trafficking organizations. Such
investigations are usually complex and lengthy, requiring personnel and financial resources. In a
decriminalized regime, trafficking investigations may become more challenging, as traffickers will likely
carry smaller amounts of drugs, complicating the efforts of police to distinguish them from the individuals
using the drugs.

“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

[here is their absurd report]

except much more manipulative and divisive which is such a shit thing to do when we’ve all lost so many friends

a memorial wall by Smokey D. dozens of names

A decriminalization or diversion model will not provide any opportunity for police agencies to reduce their operating budgets or staffing. Some have suggested that decriminalization would free up police officer time and budgets could be reallocated to other priorities; however, police agencies must continue to resource drug enforcement units dedicated to disrupting the illicit drug markets. Enforcement efforts must to be directed on those individuals and organized crime groups that produce, import or distribute illicit drugs into our communities. Furthermore, frontline officers would continue to be the first point of contact for any diversion model. Therefore, time previously used to process criminal charges and attending court will now be utilized to assist persons with problems substance use into pathways of care.

page 8 of COPS LYING ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY

no. i do not want police given the authority to divert people into treatment. 

“FRONTLINE POLICING 

*WOULD LIKELY ASSUME INCREASED RESPONSIBILITY*

TO DIVERT PEOPLE”

No

In a decriminalized environment, frontline policing would likely assume increased responsibility to divert
people suffering from substance use disorder into treatment. It will be key in a Canadian context that
treatment facilities are established and operational ahead of decriminalization and have the capacity to take
in individuals diverted through police contact. This would be imperative, since “Diversion procedures that
increase administrative or resource requirements on police without providing necessary support are likely to
result in lower uptake and reduced impact.”18

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.

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.”

Canadian police chiefs recommend decriminalizing personal possession of illicit drugs

THAT IS A LOT OF STUFF

The VPD made public via FOI a list of all the drugs they seized from Jan 1 2017-May 24 2018

so, these are market interventions.

january 2017 – may 2019 (1481 pages) may 2019 – june 2020 (418 pages)

this would be the opposite of harm reduction. there are consequences when one’s assets are seized in an illicit survival economy. the police are out here producing crime 

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.

And that is how police practices accelerated the contamination of the supply. That is how they made it worse. Not only is it impossible to “get the bad drugs off the street,” it is harmful to try. And they will say that no charges were laid, and that doesnt fucking matter at all.

and a police officer took someone’s last five dollars.

Defund the VPD.


This is the most disturbing footnote I’ve ever seen in a policing policy report.

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)

There’s lots of facts, it’s true. And other places

a map

where’s your map?
the interactive map with all the different ways that municipalities, states, nations have decriminalized some drugs (or all of them)? no? you don’t have one?

decriminalizing drugs is not unthinkable

It makes me think you think that this is a joke, as when the police chief smirks about Defund the Police.

How much did this FOURTEEN page report that involved international travel for team members and two years to produce, how much did this cost the public?

How about police don’t make policy, because the policy recommendation is always MORE POLICE

Because all this is just 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. Don’t let the police define decriminalization.

This has nothing to do with drugs. you are deliberately missing the point. this is a diversion (with diversion). this plan gives police more power. it does not decriminalize anything or anyone.

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