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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

West Helena Mayor James Valley says, “The citizens deserve peace, that some infringement on constitutional rights is OK and we have not violated anything as far as the Constitution.” The mayor and the city council have put the tiny Arkansas town under a 24-hour curfew. The people of West Helena are being imprisoned, without cause, in their own homes.

Reason's Jacob Sullum tries to wade through the bullshit:
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So the government creates a black market that disproportionately hurts poor people, enforces its drug laws in a way that disproportionately hurts poor people, and responds to the resulting violence and disorder with police tactics that disproportionately hurt poor people. When civil libertarians object, they are dismissed as privileged pointy-heads who do not understand the problems of poor people.