CANTON – Former police officer Raeford Davis will speak to the Students For Liberty members at St. Lawrence University via Skype about how to interact with police officers and the war on drugs.
The event is Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m.
Davis was formerly a police officer for the City of North Charleston for six years, including four years as a patrol officer and two as a special victims unit detective. Before becoming a police officer, he served in the United States Coast Guard Reserves. As a formerly dedicated drug warrior, Davis later became a staunch legalization advocate. He saw first-hand how the war on drugs is responsible for most of the harm associated with drug use and how drug prohibition increases crime, endangers citizens and police, and violates people’s rights.
Event organizer and SFL Campus Coordinator Ian Brennan said that the event will help educate students about their civil liberties.
"It is extremely important that people know their rights when interacting with police officers. Since police are authority figures, people who are ignorant of their right to say "no" often tend to assume that whatever police officers say is ok," Brennan said.
"Given the recent concern over police brutality in this country as well as confusion and misconception among college students over their civil liberties regarding police on campus, SLU Students For Liberty members believe this is an important discussion for the St. Lawrence community to have."