Long Branch, NJ — As John Dalberg-Acton famously stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men…” When society grants authority to people — who are prone to corruption — many times, these people will use this authority to enrich themselves and violate the laws of the system that grants them their power. Because of the war on drugs, bad cops are put into positions all the time that allow them to make money breaking laws which they will arrest others for violating.
The following example of corrupt power shows how bad cops can collect their paychecks for decades while partaking in the criminal activity they claim to fight. For 19 years, Long Branch Police Department Christopher Walls likely threw countless people behind bars for domestic violence and drug activity. This week, he was arrested for both.
Walls has been charged with a laundry list of crimes including possession, manufacturing meth, and endangering the welfare of a child after police responded to a report of domestic violence at his home and discovered a meth lab.
According to police, they were called to Walls’ home on Saturday night over reports of a domestic disturbance. As they investigated the allegations of domestic violence, an unidentified resident in Walls’ home tipped off cops that there was a meth laboratory in the basement.
The New Jersey State Police’s Hazmat Unit discovered instruments and all the ingredients needed to make methamphetamine in the basement and in a shed on the property, along with meth residue on chemistry glassware, authorities said. Walls also had books about making methamphetamine, explosives and poison, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office stated on Sunday.
Apparently, Walls was cooking meth to supplement his $128,000 base salary he collected from his job at the Long Branch Police Department.
“Thanks to the swift action of our office, the Long Branch Police Department, and the New Jersey State Police, a very serious risk to public safety has been averted. The collaborative efforts of our agencies dismantled a very dangerous situation. It is particularly distressing that this hazard was caused by a sworn law enforcement officer,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in a statement.
According to prosecutors, police also found a small arsenal of weapons in the home, including long guns and high capacity magazines which were not secured and accessible by the children living in the home.
“The officers in our agency risk their lives daily to protect and serve our residents. It is disappointing beyond measure that one of our officers could have risked the safety of his family and neighbors by engaging in such dangerous conduct. This officer’s actions do not reflect the moral compass of our officers or this agency,” Acting Long Branch Police Chief Frank Rizzuto said.
Walls is currently being held at the Monmouth County jail and he’s been suspended without pay. He is charged with maintaining or operating a narcotics production facility, manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during the course of a drug offense, risking widespread injury, endangering the welfare of a child.
If convicted, he faces decades behind bars.
What this incident shows us is that the war on drugs is a complete failure. The ones enforcing it can’t even prevent themselves from partaking in the trade and manufacture of these arbitrary substances deemed illegal by the state.
Criminalizing addiction and substance abuse has done nothing to curb the problem and as this case illustrates, it is only making it worse. People are literally dying in the streets at an increasing rate and no amount of police state can stop it. In fact, since the inception of the drug war, drug addiction and overdoses have gotten worse.
As this incident, and others like it illustrate, when authorities who enforce the drug war, engage in the very practice they ostensibly fight, it is time we try something else.
Clearly, kidnapping and caging people for substances is making the problem worse. It is time to fix it.
Article posted with permission from Matt Agorist
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