Here’s an interesting puzzle regarding drug use, drug arrests and race. It’s not good. The only theory mentioned at the link doesn’t feel like a complete explanation, but one thing is certain: the drug war is not good for anyone, and it’s especially hard on blacks.
The conduct of police has been called into question by events in Ferguson, Missouri, both in terms of prosecuting their day-to-day law enforcement duties and whether the “militarization” of local police is a healthy development. Glen Reynolds has some good suggestions for ensuring safer and more productive interactions between police and the public. He forgot to mention that we should end the war on drugs, but I’m sure he’d agree!