Kevin Ludlow is running for Texas House of Representative District 46. His #1 issue is ending the War on Drugs. He lives in Austin which is a creative and liberal mecca in a big state full of ultra conservatives. He is very active in the community and is passionate about social policy. This month, right before the election, he got a call from his housekeeper letting him know that the police were at his home.
Here is his description of what happened: On Wednesday October 1st, 2014 I got a call that my house cleaner had been deemed a suspicious person by someone in my neighborhood. 911 was called and police showed up at my house; I was at work. Upon arriving, they claim to have smelled marijuana on her, forced their way into my house, and detained her. Three police officers entered the house (obviously without my consent). One of them drew his firearm and proceeded to search the home for other people. They evidently harassed her while she sat there. Mind you all of this was because they claimed to have smelled pot. I came home to resolve the situation only to be detained myself. The situation was quickly de-escalated and they left.
He made a video testimony of his reaction to the incident including some footage of the interaction with law enforcement. In part he states “We live in a military controlled police state because of the war on drugs. People simply MUST stand against this perpetual and unchecked violence.I am absolutely outraged at this situation. I have been campaigning against the war on drugs for years. This is a perfect example of the danger is poses to each and every person and god knows what would have happened if I were a minority. There were no drugs in the house and yet these officers granted themselves carte blanche to search my home with weapons drawn. It’s patently absurd, it’s dangerous, and the taxpayers picked up the bill.”
Here is his video titled “Why America Has the Largest Prison Population”.
Susan Soares has written for Cannabis Now Magazine, Alternet, and Sensi Magazine.