• Seized in Chicago’s unending war on drugs

The first time I heard a police officer argue that the war on drugs wasn’t working was in 1994.

I was teaching at an alternative high school in South Shore, and the officer was a Chicago police veteran who’d been asked to lead the faculty through a brief drug-education seminar. After just a few minutes, though, the officer announced that in his view little would change without a major shift in public policy. “I think drugs should be legalized, to tell you the truth,” he said.