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CN BC: Editorial: Paying A Price For Speaking Out


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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v13/n537/a04.html

Newshawk: Herb

Pubdate: Tue, 05 Nov 2013

Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)

Copyright: 2013 Times Colonist

Contact: http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/letters.html

Website: http://www.timescolonist.com/

Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/481




Victoria police Const.  David Bratzer thinks drugs should be legalized, and he's happy to talk about his position.  VicPD is not as happy.  Bratzer's run-ins with the department have dropped him into the middle of the debate over how much freedom police officers have or should have to express their opinions.  It's a thorny problem.


The constable is president of the Canadian branch of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which lobbies for legalization and regulation of drugs.  Its members are current and former law-enforcement officials.


Bratzer has filed a human-rights complaint against the department and Chief Jamie Graham because he says they have discriminated against him because of his political beliefs.


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MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

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