The DOJ, down and dirty

Is the Department of Justice playing Philadelphians dirty, as was claimed Wednesday afternoon? More on that in a moment.

Federal law prohibits places that sell or enable the use of illegal drugs.

That’s why, last year, an appeals court ruled against Philadelphia’s attempt to open a “supervised injection site.” You may recall these shooting galleries were once called “safe injection sites,”until it was pointed out, by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro among others, that there is no such thing as a “safe” use of street drugs.

The shooting galleries also were once called “overdose prevention sites,” but that also was not true. They would reverse overdoses, not prevent them.

The appeals judges were on solid legal grounds, following the law. 

“Judges Stephanos Bibas and Thomas L. Ambro called Safehouse’s motives ‘admirable.’ but said that while ‘the opioid crisis may call for innovative solutions, local innovations may not break federal law.’”

That was then, but now the (Democrat-led) Department of Justice is “evaluating” sticking to the law. Hate to say it, but that’s the consequences of Democratic leadership. When progressive see a law they don’t like, the first thing they do is yell “racist,” then they break out in hives, and then they break the law. 

Breaking the law is seen in President Joe Biden’s border policy, and in Philadelphia’s status as a Sanctuary City, and even in its recent rule to ignore “low level” traffic violations.

The DOJ “evaluation” has permitted a shooting gallery “supervised drug site” to open in New York, and led to the Wednesday afternoon demonstration outside the DOJ offices across the street from Independence Hall.

The unsafe injection sites, as I call them, have the approval of many big-city newspaper editorial boards, NPR, and the woke establishment, pointing to some successes in Canada.

There has been limited success, but there is another side to the story, which is seldom reported. But I will, here.

I have written about unsafe injection sites several times over the years. Here’s a long take from March 2020.

What’s the alternative?, I am asked.

Drug use is illegal. Arrest the dealers and send them to jail, arrest the zombie users and send them to rehab. Give them their lives back rather than enabling their suicidal habit.

Now to the skullduggery.

Councilman Mark Squilla says one won’t be enoigh. (Photo: Stu Bykofsky)

Councilman Mark Squilla said the DOJ was having (secret) negotiations with Safehouse, the nonprofit behind the scheme to enable drug addiction. 

There are 25 community groups represented here, he said, looking over a crowd of about 100, and not one was invited to the meetings.

He also told a dirty little secret: If there is only one injection site, it will be a failure. There must be multiples of them.

When the city tried to sneak a shooting gallery into South Philly, it was thwarted by community activist Jody Della Barba, who spoke. “Since when does a mayor not listen to the law?,” she asked rhetorically. Officially, Mayor Jim Kenney says the city itself is not behind the push for the drug site.

Tell us another one, Jimmy boy. 

When South Philly arose and stopped the drug den in its tracks, we learned a few details. Like it would only be open 4-5 hours a day.

You’ve heard of Appointment TV? Now we have Appointment Addiction. 

Squilla said there could be as many as 20 drug dens around the city unless residents fight them.

And they will.

Councilman David Oh talked about secret meetings. (Photo: Stu Bykofsky)

Councilman David Oh talked about “secret meetings” because “the city knows you don’t want them.”

And if you want to know how the city manages a drug problem, you just have to look to Kensington.

Bob Stewart, a Republican running for the state house in the Northeast, said he recognizes prosecutors have prosecutorial discretion, but they don’t get to write the laws. That is the job of the legislature.

Pro drug house hecklers (Photo: Stu Bykofsky)

Port Richmond’s Patty Pat said she didn’t want to see addicts dying. (A group of a half-dozen pro-Safehouse hecklers set up shop 20 feet away.) “We want treatment, not enabling,” she said, adding that crime comes before and after the addict shoots up.

You want injection sites, asked Anthony Giordano? “Put it on the ballot.” 

But that won’t happen because those who think they are doing good know it will fail.

5 thoughts on “The DOJ, down and dirty”

    Here we go again, pallie.
    The Washington D.C. politicians continue to sell out the people of this great country. They are determined to remove every obstacle in their path of the destruction of capitalism, in the so called name of ‘green energy’. Again. Supplying drugs to the middle class will erase the middle class. It is no secret that marijuana is as common as lucky strikes and whatever other brands of cigarettes are out there. Hard drugs are easy to get and people do freely engage. “Let’s dummy down the middle class”. Let’s have another Venezuela !
    Sarcasm: Instead of hot dog carts and Chinese food trucks outside of the opium dens, there will be concession stands for ‘the drug of the day’.

  2. How about the pro-safe-injection-site politicians volunteer to build the new shooting galleries in their own neighborhoods where they and their children live, then provide Magic Party buses to shuttle the not-ready-to-quit-just-yet junkies there and back? Better yet, build some ‘affordable housing’ next to the main line shooting galleries?

  3. …and the idiots march to the ballot box and re-elect the a**holes. Go figure.

  4. We have a DA that worked for Prevention Point and refuses to use court ordered drug treatment, at least up to this point in time though I hear there are discussions and he will at least entertain new ideas given how Sisyphean it has become . Unhoused (homeless) advocates fighting to allow encampments everywhere along Kensington Ave, yelling at CLIP, Police, and Harrowgate Civic Members. Police leadership that bows to Krasner’s threats of charging police officers with crimes for ticky tack mistakes if they arrest users actively injecting drugs in public and thereby force the DA to decline charges so he can’t keep saying that he can only do things with what the police bring him. Then every resident along K&A needs to walk across, around, and by fields of orange caps and needles filled with blood and fentanyl.

    Given that clearly doing anything at all to users besides services isn’t going to happen anytime soon, a safe consumption site would surely be a welcome change to those that have to witness open drug use. It may actually inspire actual law enforcement of public drug use once again.

    No one wants to find their family member dead on the couch because they have a substance abuse problem and use dangerous drugs alone. That brings many people to K&A particularly in the summer, convenience and a group. If there is a place they can use in private and it helps police be able to actually enforce open use laws, I’m all for it. Everything being done right now (just triaging and trying to tamp out small portions of a raging forest fire) isn’t working.

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