I was in Amsterdam because my documentary, Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey, was being screened as part of a Cannabis Tribunal. Former NYPD detective Frank Serpico, who is in my film, travelled with me.Her film is DAMAGE DONE: The Drug War Odyssey, here describe on the LEAP site:
We were invited to speak because Damage Done is about a group of cops, including Frank, and Canadian Senator Larry Campbell, who believe that the War on Drugs does more harm than the drugs themselves.
We presented a copy of our film to the chief of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Police, who told me that he became a cop because of Frank.
John Gayder, a currently employed constable with nearly 20 years experience, is our guide to the world of pro-legalization cops. Among this group is the legendary Frank Serpico, the man who blew the whistle on corruption in the New York Police Department, and who was shot in the face for his efforts.A few quotes:
“a hamster wheel that law enforcement is on that they just can’t seem to get off”
“the drug enforcement industry… the most fundamental of all questions: should we be doing this?”Serpico himself has said:
“The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity.”