In a story that will shock and disgust any sane American, Florida police officers went undercover into high schools and spent weeks befriending students…who they then tricked into becoming marijuana users:
Last year in three high schools in Florida, several undercover police officers posed as students. The undercover cops went to classes, became Facebook friends and flirted with the other students. One 18-year-old honor student named Justin fell in love with an attractive 25-year-old undercover cop after spending weeks sharing stories about their lives, texting and flirting with each other.
One day she asked Justin if he smoked pot. Even though he didn’t smoke marijuana, the love-struck teen promised to help find some for her. Every couple of days she would text him asking if he had the marijuana. Finally, Justin was able to get it to her. She tried to give him $25 for the marijuana and he said he didn’t want the money — he got it for her as a present.
A short while later, the police did a big sweep and arrest 31 students — including Justin. Almost all were charged with selling a small amount of marijuana to the undercover cops. Now Justin has a felony hanging over his head.
This is outrageous.
First of all, I don’t think 25 year old police officers should be dating 18-year old high school students; that’s just inappropriate in any situation. But second (and third) they are now fabricating criminals out of whole cloth, while wasting scarce police resources that could be put to far better uses.
What is the point of the police? Their duty is to protect our lives and property, and uphold the rule of law. Without a clear rule of law, no market—or any society—could function. For that reason, police and law enforcement are a very important and critical part of a classical liberal (read: libertarian) society.
But the people we have now are very clearly not upholding the rule of law, and are in fact massively perverting it. They are literally going into our communities and pressuring young citizens into committing crimes. If they had done nothing, no crime (and, considering this is for drug use, I should really put that in scare quotes) would have been committed, meaning we would have been just as safe as if the cops had done nothing. Think about that: if the cops do nothing, that’s just the same as if the cops do something. What sort of screwed up world is that?
And its not just local cops. Remember the Portland Christmas tree bomber from two years ago? That and other cases were results of the Federal Bureau of Investigation basically giving weapons and information to people and turning them into terrorists so they could later be arrested. That’s right: the FBI basically concoted terror plots out of whole cloth, then arrested people they dragged into their elaborately spun webs. They weren’t going out after genuine terrorists, they were creating fake ones and then arresting them to make the FBI look like it was “doing something.”
Am I the only one who thinks that our law enforcement community doesn’t have its priorities straight? There are murderers and rapists and thieves and arsonists out there, actually engaged in crime, yet our police—who are constantly haranguing the public about needing more and more funds because they don’t have enough to put all the bad boys behind bars and keep us safe—are out there inventing criminals.
Clearly, they have far, far too much time on their hands, and probably too much money too. I think a few budget cuts, perhaps some elimination of police unions, demilitarization—hey, if you’re wasting your time, you don’t get to play with the M-16s and tanks—and a radical reduction in the length of the penal code would be good. Oh, and perhaps firing these officers and taking away their pensions. Let’s start with that, actually.
Though the first thing we should do is pardon the young man who was tricked into this. He will have a felony over his head for the rest of his life, not because he was a genuine criminal who did harm to another, but because a police officer, as part of a long-term campaign, forced him into doing drugs.
Shame on you, Florida. Shame.