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by Peter Moskos

March 25, 2008

In the Big City

The trial of the officers involved in the Sean Bell Shooting continues with lots of interesting testimony.

The justice department declares that New York City’s auxiliary police aren’t really police. At least when it comes to paying benefits to the family of two officers killed while patrolling in uniform.

And Governor Paterson, who I seem to like more and more, first admitted he slept around a bit. Now he says he smoked some weed and snorted some blow... you know, back in the 1970s, when it seems like everyone was doing it. This was the man to party with! Too bad I was only 8.

The governor said, “Most Americans during that period of time tried a whole lot more than that, and then gone on and led responsible lives.”

Does this mean he thinks people shouldn’t be locked up for drug use? Probably not. Politicians never have problems being hypocrites when it comes to the war on drugs. But maybe Paterson is different. Here’s hoping.

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