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by Peter Moskos

February 24, 2009

Kathryn Johnston

Three years after the police killed Kathryn Johnston the case is almost finished winding through court. Johnston is one of those names you should know, another victim of the war on drugs.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the whole story. It includes these lines:

"Tesler said when he joined the narcotics unit, he was told to 'sit, watch and learn' from superiors who cut corners to meet performance quotas for arrests and warrants. 'I was a new part and plugged into a broken system,'"

"Smith said his moral compass failed when he began to think 'drug dealers were no longer human.'"

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