Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Justice for Derek Copp!

Derek Copp, a student at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, was shot in the chest during a drug raid where police admit, only a small amount of marijuana was found. Copp, who was unarmed and alone in his apartment, was shot in the chest when he reportedly lifted his hand to sheild his eyes from an officer's flashlight.

SSDP chapters at Grand Valley State University, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and Michigan State University protested the shootings and spread the word about the need for more sensible policies. Watch the video above to see SSDP members like Jonathan Beagly and Chris Chiles in action!

Thankfully, Derek is alive and recovering and is at home trying to get back to his studies. During a press conference after the shooting, Derek said "This isn't going to change who I am. I'm still the same person." "That's me. I'm Derek. That's all I can be."

To help Derek during this difficult time, SSDP is accepting donations to help cover some of Derek's medical or legal costs. You can make a donation at http://www.ssdp.org/derek

Where is the Discussion Paper Lebowski? I mean... Costa!

The HCLU does it again! Here is an update on Dr. Polak's efforts to get a straight answer from Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime regarding rates of cannabis use in the Netherlands compared with countries that have prohibited the drug.

Costa claims to have answered the question here. What do you think?