Mar 12 2014

How Undercover Cops Lure Teens Into Breaking the Law

The popular 80s TV show 21 Jump Street fictionalized scenarios of youthful looking police officers conducting undercover stings in high schools. But high school police busts are not fictional. Undercover police officers routinely go into schools posing as students, with the permission of the school districts, and lure kids into breaking the law.

It was a practice launched as far back as 1974, by none other than the Los Angeles Police Department. Two such operations in Southern California high schools late last year made headlines for arresting dozens of students for selling drugs.

One of those students was 15 year old Jesse Snodgrass, whose parents, refusing to stay silent, have sued their son’s school district.

You see, Jesse Snodgrass lives with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism that makes it extremely difficult to function in social situations. The case of Jesse Snodgrass has illustrated how undercover police officers actually veer into entrapment, ruining the lives of young teens before they have even had a chance to graduate.

GUEST: Sabrina Rubin Erdely, writer for Rolling Stone magazine, author of the article, The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass

Click here to read the article by Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

Click here to sign the Change.org petition taking law enforcement out of high schools.

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