Skip to comments.Sand Point Residents Run Suspected Drug Dealer Out of Town
Posted on 08/22/2013 11:35:41 AM PDT by bad company
A man described by residents and police in an Aleutian Islands town as a known drug dealer was turned around at the local airport and run out of town by parents when he arrived from Anchorage Tuesday.
Locals in the East Aleutians Borough community of Sand Point say the incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, when a nightly PenAir flight arrived in town from Anchorage with the man on board.
In a caption for a Facebook photo of the confrontation posted by resident Carmen Dushkin, she said the incident personifies opposition by locals to a continuing flow of drugs into their communities.
"Sand Point takes a stand to remove known drug dealers," Dushkin wrote. "Team Sand Point will not let you come into our town and corrupt the youth of tomorrow."
The Sand Point incident follows a tradition dating back to Alaska Native tribes of banishing offenders who disturb the peace as a form of punishment, one adopted by Gold Rush-era residents as a "blue ticket" out of town by the first available means of transportation. In a more recent example of an Alaska community expelling a person suspected of but not charged with a crime, tribal officials banned a suspected bootlegger from the village of Akiak in April.
According to Sand Point Police Department officer Michael Livingston, who witnessed the exchange, police couldn't confirm locals' identification of the man as he was not charged with a crime. The man does have a history in the 1,000-person community, which has seen problems with illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and meth, as well as abuse of prescription drugs.
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Vigilantes aren’t always wrong.
If the police cannot do the job it becomes the duty of citizens.
My dad was a “country doctor”.
A stranger guy would come into his office, claiming pain and so forth, seeking codeine or some pain killer.
Suspicious, Dad would examine him. If it was bogus, he'd then write him a prescription for sugar pills at one of the local pharmacies.
He'd then call the drug store to let them know an addict is on his way over.
They'd “fill” the prescription.
The cops would “greet” the addict on his way out, and “escort” him out of town.
And that is how civilized times worked. Today, my Dad's license would be revoked and he'd be the one run out of town.
It was always the duty of the citizens.
Sometimes they delegate it to the police.\
If you hire someone to mow your lawn, and they don’t mow your lawn, are you prohibited from doing it yourself?
Not so long ago, banishment was usually a death sentence. Today, it’s just an inconvenience.
Maybe still in some places http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3057611/posts
I just hope that someone in the group told this guy quietly if he were to show up again, that his fate would be a whole lot different.
Hmm, a showdown between self-government and libertarianism. It’s good to know there are still communities in this world with enough morally-upright people to make such a stand.
However, there are plenty of power-hungry tyrant-wannabes who want to see such communities infected and destroyed from within, and will use libertarian fools to accomplish this goal. (cf. “Hegelian Dialectic”)
That showdown doesn’t often turn out so well for the good people.