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June 3, 2007 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

Stop Snitchin' Movement

Face It - Drug War Has Been A Disaster

By Edrea Davis, author of Snitchcraft

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In light of the developments in the Kathryn Johnston case, Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington picked a bad time to advocate for trusting the police and to blame their reliance on informants on a "no-snitch" campaign.

Using paid snitches instead of trained police appears to have more to do with circumventing constitutional rights than a "no-snitch" movement.

Cases chronicled on -- the Web site of The November Coalition, a nonprofit organization working to end drug war injustice -- reveal that informant's are an overused tool in the drug war, which, like the war on terror, is a major catastrophe.

It has cultivated a cadre of dishonest snitches and overzealous cops resulting in mounting distrust of police.

Ideally, we'd like murders prevented.

Rather than blame a "no-snitch" code, Pennington and officials across the country should admit that focusing on petty criminals has allowed violent crimes to skyrocket, created a rift between police and the community, and done nothing to stop the proliferation of drug use.

Edrea Davis, Atlanta, GA

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