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Good Cop, Bad War

Good Cop, Bad War

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During his career he witnessed increased brutality, violence meted out to addicts who spoke out, or even who introduced a stranger to their dealer. He is clearly a very smart guy and I would consider this a very important piece of literature on moving forward with our countrys archaic understanding of the drug laws. for cannabis, 10% for cocaine, 10% for alcohol and 15% for crystal meth - with heroin as an outlier at 25%. Neil Woods provides a very compelling argument in support of the decriminalisation of drugs in Good Cop, Bad War (2016). But herein lay the problem: no matter how often he knocked a villain off his perch (I say “he” for they most often were men), no matter how many he took down, there was always another to take their place.

The irony of officers locking up drug lords but taking cocaine themselves; the small time addicts who serve similar sentences to ruthless crime bosses, the sad reality that as you take out one gang, another instantly replaces them; the list goes on and in the end, he certainly makes a compelling case. Neil Woods is a former undercover police officer, who spent years infiltrating drugs gangs throughout the Midlands (UK) in the 90’s and 00’s and has waived anonymity to speak out about what he learned. Being extraordinarily real, this account is not only frightening and thrilling but also sometimes highly endearing. Best book I've read since Chasing The Scream by Johan Hari, ranging from terrifying to heart wrenching moments written about the UK drugs war.

Neil Woods was the first and best of his kind – an undercover cop whose brief was to infiltrate Britain’s most dangerous drug gangs, befriending the foot soldiers before taking on their gangster bosses. Can't believe so many people don't see this bigger picture that says one simple things - nothing, fucking nothing comes from out nowhere.

It's a superb book, which has given me more insight into the UK's 'War on Drugs' than anything else I've seen or read. It takes a certain courage for a person to take an unflinching look at their life’s work, a cold, forensic, unwavering look.However, as the senior criminals responded to the threat from the police with escalating brutality and fear towards the drug pushers and addicts who they used to shield themselves from prosecution, he began to question the whole point of his work. Neil Woods spent fourteen years (1993-2007) infiltrating drug gangs as an undercover policeman – befriending and gaining the trust of some of the most violent, unpredictable criminals in Britain. But, inevitably, having swords thrust against his jugular, witnessing beatings, stabbings, and gangsters burning suspected rats with acid took its toll. It starts off as a fairly standard cop memoir about "fighting the good fight" and putting some horrible gangsters away but gets really gripping when the scales start to fall from his eyes and he realizes that the better the cops get at their job, the better the gangsters get at theirs - by being even more violent and predatory. Neil Woods, author of this book, is chairman of the organisation LEAP UK, this stands for 'Law Enforcement Against Prohibition', and consists of policemen and detectives who want to encourage the decriminalization of drugs.

In addition to being a compelling and coherent argument in favour of decriminalisation, this book also provides numerous incredible stories from Neil Woods' years undercover. You end up sympathising more with the users (who end up in prison) and disliking the drug squads, who only care about increasing the number of convictions and not helping people. They way he always remembered that addicts and people caught up in drug use or dealing are often the victims and they needed help, support and the protection of the police instead of being collateral damage was what fascinated me the most. Find a solution to the drug problem, rob the villains of their incomes, and one does more damage to organised crime than any number of convictions.With the insight that can only come from having fought on its front lines, Neil came to see the true futility of the War on Drugs – that it demonises those who need help, and only empowers the very worst elements in society. Finally, the decriminalization of drugs would immediately take a lot of power away from the big drug gang leaders.

Starting out in the early 90s and making the rules up as he went, Neil was at the forefront of police surveillance. Before reading this I would have thought legalising hard drugs was madness but doing so makes so much sense.

Neil Woods moved from constabulary to constabulary going undercover to familiarise himself with the local druggies and infiltrate the dealers while keeping his secret life a secret! This is a really great book for those of us who do not have much knowledge about the life of an undercover police officer. Indeed, there is no doubt that some of those involved in the drug trade are vicious bullies and would be whatever the case, after all a bully is a bully, no matter what walk of life he or she is found. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

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