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Drug-related Death Columnist Jacob Sullums article Drug-Related Death of March 30 2000 dealt with the issue on the war on drugs and how it is not working He starts out with a heart-tugging story that leads into the politics in fighting drugs Sullum catches the readers interest with a heart-tugging story of an innocent man Patrick Dorismond that the police mistakenly identify as a pot dealer When in actuality he is an off-duty security guard hailing a cab with a friend Dorismond was approached by three undercover men and asked if he could sell them some marijuana He became angry with these men and an altercation broke out Dorismond was hit and then shot to death by the police According to eyewitnesses the police did not follow proper procedure The officers did not identify themselves when approaching Dorismond There are also discrepancies in the story of who assaulted who first and how the gun went off Sullum states Patrick Dorismond was a casualty on the war on drugs How Sullum comes to this conclusion is that the police in their quest for victory on the drug front go to any means to accomplish their goals Including luring innocent people into the net of the illegal drug dealings in order to make a sting successful Sullum states that the mayor Giuliani is so entrenched with fighting the war on drugs and his hatred of the mind-altering effects they have on people that he will pull all stops to achieve success Then Sullum attacks the other political party candidate Hillary Clinton by stating the obvious that she is going to ignore the issues Clinton had criticized the mayor for making public Dorismonds minor criminal record which is often used as an excuse once a mistake has been made It is also brought to the surface that she cannot make too much of a pot issue since her husband went on MTV and joked about his
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