Pubdate: Wed, 18 Jan 2012
Source: Standard-Examiner (UT)
Copyright: 2012 Ogden Publishing Corporation
Author: Kirk Muse



I'm writing about Charles F. Trentelman's not-so-thoughtful "Wasatch 
Rambler" column "An officer dies fighting drugs, a judge consoles a 
drug dealer." Officer Jared Francom did not die for a noble cause. 
Officer Francom died during a home invasion in the middle of the 
night. The person who allegedly killed Francom was growing marijuana 
for his own personal use.

Several decades ago, I was robbed on the street by two assailants who 
shouted "police freeze." About thirty seconds later I had a gun 
pointed at me and one of the robbers was going though my pockets.

I'll bet that a large percentage, if not the vast majority, of home 
invasion robberies are committed by people shouting: "Police."

One hundred years ago the term, "drug-related crime" did not exist. 
That's because 100 years ago no drugs were illegal. Back then, drugs 
like pure pharmaceutical grade heroin were legally available at local 
grocery stores for pennies per dose.

Want to prevent future cops from dying for no good reason? 
Re-legalize all drugs.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.
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