Deputy Probation Officer Joe Miller signed a letter in support of California's Proposition 19 (marijuana legalization). A disclaimer made it clear that he did not represent the viewpoint of the Mohave County Probation Department.
Officer Miller was fired. Maybe you think a police officer should never have an opinion on anything. I can understand saying a police officer should not advocate breaking the law. But that is something else. All people, police included, should be able to express their personal opinion about public referendums without fear of retribution.
One can only wonder... actually, no: one doesn't have to wonder at all. Nothing would would have happened to Officer Miller if he had signed a letter in support of less restrictive gun laws. Or even gay marriage, pro or con. But he thinks drugs laws should be (gasp) changed.
Whether or not you agree with Miller's (or my) position, stand up for workers' rights and free speech. Sign a petition in his support.
So what it is with drugs? Yes, drug use is a crime. But it's just a crime. There are lots of crimes. Why is law enforcement so obsessed with drugs? I didn't get it before I was a cop; I didn't get it when I was cop; and, Heavens to Betsy, I still don't get it!