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Border Patrol agent fired for discussing drug legalization

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of police officers, judges, prosecutors and federal agents, is standing in support of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent who was fired for saying in a casual conversation that legalizing and regulating drugs would help stop cartel violence along the southern border with Mexico. After sharing his views with a colleague, the fired agent, Bryan Gonzalez, received a letter of termination stating that his comments are "contrary to the core characteristics of Border Patrol Agents, which are patriotism, dedication, and espirit de corps." Last week, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, Gonzalez filed a lawsuit seeking damages.

"There's no doubt that the so-called 'war on drugs' is a gigantic failure and that it causes violence, hurts our economy and forces dedicated law enforcers to risk their lives in the line of fire for a lost cause," said Terry Nelson, a former U.S. border patrol agent who is now a board member for LEAP. "But whether you think we should legalize drugs or not, you have to support the right of brave law enforcers like Bryan Gonzalez to exercise the First Amendment and share their views on policies that impact them on a daily basis."

Gonzalez, the fired agent, specifically mentioned LEAP and its website as a part of the conversation that led to his being fired.

Posted By jamesk at 2011-01-25 13:07:29 permalink | comments
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Shap. : 2011-01-27 10:58:31
You don't have to feel sorry for the guy to recognize that the first amendment of the constitution protects public sector employees from being fired for expressing their opinions on topics/issues that are in the public interest. This guy will win this lawsuit.
dononamous. : 2011-01-27 09:57:21
kind of makes sense, ppl bring back black/gray market shit through the border everyday and theyd flip their shit easy thinking that some one is ok somewhat with it
thistle. : 2011-01-26 14:45:48
OT, but...
Letter from Casey Hardison (UK)

Casey is a renegade chemist and cognitive researcher with a sparklingly compassionate and positive outlook, held hostage by the British State for the ‘crime’ of manufacturing LSD & DMT.

jonboy. : 2011-01-26 09:22:23
I think "slay" is on the right track. Sucks to get fired for expressing yourself but hey ... dude did work for the enforcement arm of the anti-drug fascists after all.
slay : 2011-01-26 08:00:10
If the US government gave less than a pile of dog shit about anyones constitutional rights, id be more inclined to sympathize with the man, but guess what? HE chose the fuckin job, HE chose to fight drugs and immigration. i feel nothing for this fellow, as he makes a living off the practices he is so ironically trying to prevent..sounds like he either needed to reassess his career choice, or open up a little wider and swallow the entirety of uncle sam's dick.
wystri. : 2011-01-25 19:50:30
i'm glad to see he is filing a lawsuit. i mean, i know the constitution doesn't really seem to mean much these days, but that is such a CLEAR violation of freedom of speech.
guest : 2011-01-25 13:27:34
...WOW. This is so bad. What the fuck. He can't even express his opinions without a termination of his career... I mean, that statement was pretty dumb-- but look at this situation he is in. He is a cop. I am assuming he 'thinks' to be against drugs, yet he is saying this... (unless he really is a drug user, who knows let's say he isn't) these cops ignored this message by firing him, real cool.

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