A police officer who once confronted Sen. John McCain about marijuana decriminalization is being silenced and possibly pushed out of his job with a New Hampshire police force for speaking out against marijuana prohibition, his supporters say.
Bradley Jardis, an officer with the Epping Police Department, is challenging a six-day suspension he received after reportedly getting into a heated argument with a supervisor. According to blogger David Bratzer, Jardis received the suspension after refusing an “illegal” request from his bosses to refrain from speaking to the media.
Jardis is an outspoken critic of marijuana prohibition and a supporter of medical marijuana laws, as well as a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, pro-legalization group. Jardis was featured earlier this year in an article in the Manchester, New Hampshire, Union-Leader profiling police officers who object to the drug laws they enforce.
Jardis also penned an op-ed in April for the Union-Leader in which he spoke in favor of a proposed medical marijuana law for New Hampshire. Sometime after those two articles appeared, Jardis began to experience pressure from his employers, his supporters allege.
A blogger writing at FreeKeene, a local New Hampshire news forum, stated the following:
After [the] Union Leader article … certain people at the EPD began “screwing” with Brad and they started down the road of getting rid of him. It has progressed to the point where Brad is currently looking at a total of a 6 day unpaid suspension. The suspension is currently on hold pending the outcome of the appeals process, which ends with the Epping Board of Selectmen. Brad received the suspension for how he interacted with his sergeant in which he stated he wouldn’t follow an illegal order forbidding him to speak to the media after Brad was removed from a case by the sergeant; and for sending an e-mail to his fellow union members in the department describing malfeasance involving their union president and the Lieutenant who was in charge of investigating/disciplining Brad on the illegal order issue.
New Hampshire citizen journalist Dave Ridley reports that Jardis also became the subject of harassment, presenting as evidence a hand-drawn cartoon Jardis says he found stapled to his locker, showing a man dressed in a superhero outfit and captioned with the words “gay man.” Ridley reports that Jardis is not gay.
“On the plus side, it looks like Jardis may someday generate new case law that will protect free speech for all police officers in New Hampshire,” Bratzer writes. “The downside is that this is probably going to be a long, messy, expensive and painful process for him.”
JARDIS VS. McCAIN
In late 2007, Jardis confronted Arizona Sen. John McCain about America’s drug laws during a New Hamsphire campaign stop.
“I’ve served here in my state as a law enforcement officer for nine years now, and after nine years of working on the streets … I have seen first-hand that the war on drugs causes crime, it causes children to have access easier and it does nothing to curb the problem of drug abuse,” Jardis said to McCain. “Like alcohol prohibition, after the 18th Amendment passed, the country wised up and we passed the 21st Amendment which curbed violent problems in this country greatly. What is it going to take for a powerful politician like yourself to realize that the war on drugs is a failure and we need to get smart about drugs, not tough?”
“It’s gonna take a lot before I adopt your viewpoint,” McCain responded.
The Republican candidate went on to argue that the alcohol analogy was incorrect because “most experts would say that in moderation, one or two drinks of alcohol does not have an effect on one’s judgment, mental acuity, or their physical abilities. I think most experts would say that the first ingestion of drugs leads to mind-altering and other experiences, other effects, and can lead over time to serious, serious problems.”
The following video was posted to YouTube on November 17, 2007.
The following video, produced by David Ridley, was posted to YouTube on October 20, 2009.
Veteran Republican operative drops a scathing op-ed as he leaves the GOP: ‘Real Americans don’t pledge fealty to a strongman’
Mike Gillis has served in numerous Republican administrations over the decades. In an op-ed published in the New Yorker this Thursday, Mike Gillis announced that he's leaving the Republican Party.
"...I cannot stand idly by and watch as these crooks take over the party I love. I cannot abide this coarsening of discourse, and so on and so forth, etc., etc. Here are the reasons that I am leaving the Republican Party," Gillis writes.
According to Gillis, Trump is "ruthlessly" dividing the country.
"Brother pitted against brother, cat against dog, exterminator against cockroach, sentient robot against mad inventor. Americans must accept that, no matter our particular beliefs, we are all citizens of the United States—whether we be Republican or Democrat, Canadian or Bulgarian, Mesopotamian or Sumerian."
‘Reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty’: House issues scathing report on Trump migrant family separation policy
The Trump administration knew it would not be able to reunite refugee and other migrant families as it ripped children—including infants—from the arms of their parents but did so anyway, according to a congressional report released Thursday on the U.S. government's family separation policy.
"The Trump administration's family separation policy lasted far longer than is commonly known and was marked by reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty."—House Judiciary Committee reportThe House Judiciary Committee spent 21 months investigating the planning and execution of the administration's policy, which resulted in the seizure of more than 2,500 migrant children—including some with physical and mental disabilities—from their parents. Its report (pdf) is the "first complete narrative of the inhumane family separation policy in the administration's own words."
‘Dangerously out of touch’: Ex-White House adviser slams Trump and Larry Kudlow for bragging about the economy
President Donald Trump's top economic and trade adviser Larry Kudlow is "out of touch," according to former White House economist Austan Goolsbee.
Speaking to MSNBC's Katy Tur, Goolsbee explained that Trump's celebration of the GDP is unwarranted because it took such a significant dive. It's a lot like losing $100 and getting back $60, said Tur.
"You score five runs in one inning, that is a good inning, but if you let up ten runs in the inning before that you're still way down," Goolsbee explained. "I think the numbers look very much like what happened in the job market over the summer. Where we started with a 21 million job loss, and we made back a little over half of that. And then we kind of stalled out. We're still adding jobs, but you also saw this morning another epically bad new unemployment claims number. You still have well over 700,000 people filing for unemployment insurance newly this week. Now we're seeing this on the GDP side. Certainly, this is a positive. You would not want a smaller number, but it has to be bigger and more sustained than what we saw today before we can say that we're back to normal."