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by Peter Moskos

February 18, 2012

My most requested record

This may surprise you, but my all-time most-read post, by far, has (almost) nothing to do with police or the war on drugs.

This post has gotten more hits (by more than a 2:1 margin) than my next most-read post. And the latter was featured in the Atlantic Wire.

My most-read post is about a young black man of no particular note who died a violent death in New Orleans. Very much a father-to-many-married-to-none kind of guy. He was also a drug dealer. His obit--I think tongue in cheek--called him an "entrepreneur."

So somebody reads the obit and gets upset. He writes an email to his buddies complaining about liberal values and welfare. The email goes viral. The problem, of course, is that the "facts" in his email aren't true. So I tried to set the record straight.

People continue to get this email and a few of them run it through google. My post comes up. I'm definitely not preaching to the choir on this one. It's worth a read.

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