Between police and drug dealers, the war on drugs continues, and often it’s the informants who are walking the deadliest path. According to a New Yorker investigative piece, police are increasingly using young untrained men and women to tangle with high-level dealers. For some of the families of informants who have died at the hands of criminals, it’s time to take legal action against their local law enforcement.
Every day, offenders are sent out to perform high-risk police operations with few legal protections. Some are juveniles, occasionally as young as fourteen or fifteen. Some operate through the haze of addiction; others, like Hoffman, are enrolled in state-mandated treatment programs that prohibit their association with illegal drugs of any kind. Many have been given false assurances by the police, used without regard for their safety, and treated