Not to say that I know Yanez is a racist, because we don't know. But we do know he works within a racist judicial/police complex, and all of his training and experience, immersion in police culture is subject to this racism. How racist?
Just a few stats ( check out DuVarney's 13th if you have not yet)
- For every unarmed white males shot by police, there are 19 unarmed black males shot. (from film, forgot her source--sorry)
- Black males are stopped, searched, arrested, and prosecuted, and become imprisoned for non-violent drug offenses at a rate of 2-7 times (depending on locale) that of whites, even though they use at similar rates. (Dr. Carl Hart)
Ted Talk: Everything you think you know about drugs is wrong Let's quit abusing drug users
- One in 17 white males will see incarceration time compared to now 1 in every 3 black males--Yes that is 1 in every 3.
- The USA has only 4.4% of the world population, but 22% of the world's prison population. Land of the free? LOL.
Politifact incarceration rates
And if you think the War on Drugs has monopolized all police, you are wrong. Check out a great org. in the Law Enforcement Action Partnership-(formerly called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition). These are law enforcement who fully support legalization and regulation of all drugs--police, attorney's even ex DEA agents who grew to see the light.
And that drug use should be between you and your doc/med advisor, not with the government in between you and your doc, preventing/determining medical use by using the DEA, because they have the power to simply ignore medical science, facts, in favor of the police state, that openly strips all of us of inherent Human Rights to our own bodies.
Sorry Police State, Big Brother-- whether it is sex or drugs or thoughts or emotions or philosophy or religion or science; nobody tells me what I can or cannot put into my body. If they can, then we do not even have a sovereign right to our own bodies, legally speaking. Let's meditate on that a bit, shall we?
"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this." ---Albert Einstein