Barry Cooper, a former narcotics officer, admitted in an interview today to terrifying families because of pot raids.
Cooper also told HuffPost Live (video below) why he turned against the "war on drugs" that the United States has waged since 1971.
“A couple of times I raided a home and there were two kids in the home, scared, we terrorized the family, and it’s for a bag of pot," Cooper said. "Searching the house, I noticed the kids had straight ‘A’ report cards, the parent’s checkbook was balanced, and I realized that something was amiss, something was really bad."
On why he turned against America's trillion-dollar drug war, Cooper said: “I put it together years later, after I started smoking pot. You know, a lot of people report that the use of that medication helps a person self-reflect. And, wow, the veil came off and then I started doing the real research for myself instead of believing the propaganda. And I cried for a year after I found out the truth and what I had been involved in.”
Cooper has produced a documentary called "Never Get Busted," which advises people how to hide pot from law enforcement. One piece of his advice is to spray fox and deer scents on car tires and keep a cat inside your car to confuse police dogs. Cooper also advises hiding small amounts of pot in tiny crevices inside the glove compartment.
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The film created a furor on Fox News, where Cooper was compared to a child molester (video below).