- [ATF] Agents in several cities opened undercover gun- and drug-buying operations in safe zones near churches and schools, allowed juveniles to come in and play video games and teens to smoke marijuana, and provided alcohol to underage youths. In Portland, attorneys for three teens who were charged said a female agent dressed provocatively, flirted with the boys and encouraged them to bring drugs and weapons to the store to sell.
…there’s a lot more here about the ATF and their, ah, earnest methods of making the sale, and by ‘sale’ I mean ‘flashy arrests.’ most of the rest of it is going to get fought over, or tried to be justified, or even outright dismissed because after all sting operations are intended to shake loose the people who want to get into law-breaking*. But I’ll say this: we have those safe zones for a reason. The agents involved claim to be unaware that they were in those zones when they were doing their ethically dubious law enforcement activities. That’s an… interesting argument; will it be available for the general populace?
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) December 9, 2013
PS: Don’t even get me started on the stings of developmentally disabled people.
*I understand that argument about sting operations. I generally even agree with it. But the feds sometimes shake too hard.