Monday, May 13, 2013

New Michigan Law Would Keep Kids Out of Drug Stings

By David Downs
Mon, May 13, 2013 at 9:37 AM

A Michigan lawmaker wants to pass a bill to limit police use of children in drug stings to children ages 13 and up, after Michigan narcs used a 14 year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy to set up a 36-year-old parolee. The father of the 14-year-old has filed a complaint with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. “To me, it was absolutely ridiculous to think that this was OK,” the father told the Detroit Free Press. “If this guy ever gets out of prison, the repercussions could be huge.”

In 2009, Florida authorities created Rachel’s Law after Rachel Hoffman, 23, was shot and killed while informing for police in exchange for leniency in her own marijuana case.

In 2011, nineteen-year-old Shelly Moore of Michigan was killed in retaliation for helping Madison Heights police with a drug sting. Piece of her burned and dismembered body were found near a freeway.

And this year, a Temecula, California school district is being sued after officials there recruited a thirteen-year-old special education student to buy marijuana in a sting, despite his parents’ objections, the Press-Enterprise reports. The child is facing threats of retaliatory violence.


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