Dear Boston Globe,
Regarding your editorial Getting away with murder is way too easy in Boston, on January 17, 2012, you begin with the question: “Why is it so easy to get away with murder in Boston?”
Did no one on the Globe editorial staff watch the WGBH Ken Burns show, “Prohibition?” Prohibition is the primary source of the violence and corruption we lament. As long as corrupt actors, a deceived public, and irresponsible writers call for prohibition, history will continue to repeat itself.
Setting goals for arrests and issuing warrants is yet another in a long line of abuses of power and mistaken means to an end; it will only further distrust and disgust of the police. Clearly the goal of solving all murders is the one worth pursuing. I am unsure if the DOJ definition of clearance (I’ve read) is the same as for the Boston Police (not read), but it falls short of what the term implies. Average people would assume clearance rate means the guilty party is convicted, but that’s incorrect, it only means turned over to the court for prosecution.
Ending prohibition as quickly and intelligently as possible is the only way to begin solving these problems vs. continuing to make them worse. Please call on LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, in Medford, for insight as to how the clearance rate of homicides has drastically dropped as the War on Drugs escalated.
Andrew C. Bairnsfather
Sexton (acting Executive Director)
Christians Against Prohibition
Chairman of the Board of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and former Executive Director, Jack A. Cole wrote the Globe as well. The Boston Globe wants letters to the editor to be exclusively published by them, so if they ever get the guts to publish our letters, I will gladly remove them from the CAP website.
Reference: January 18, 2012 Editorial, “Getting away with murder is way too easy in Boston”
Most murders preventable and others can be solved
Arrests for major crimes have declined dramatically since we started the war on drugs. Police have a choice of chasing nonviolent drug offenders or of solving violent crimes and preventing child abductions—things that really matter.
Before the drug war, police were credited with solving 91% of the murders in the U.S. Today they solve 61% and in Boston only 37%. Nationally, 4 of 10 murders, 6 of 10 rapes, 7 of 10 robberies, and 9 of 10 home burglaries are unsolved.
If we wish to end the violence [we must] legalize and regulate all drugs, taking them from the hands of the criminals. When we legalized alcohol in 1933, the next morning Al Capone and his smugglers were out of business. They were no longer killing each other, no longer killing cops, and no longer killing children caught in crossfire and drive-by-shootings.