Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki presents a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, exposing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. The Law Enforcement Action Partnership's executive director, Neill Franklin, calls it an extraordinary exposé on the damage done by drug prohibition.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Breaking the Taboo features interviews with several current or former presidents from around the world, such as Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. The film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo over the United States led War on Drugs and expose what it calls the biggest failure of global policy in the last 40 years, asking the question, "What will it take to end the War on Drugs?"
This film tells the story of cocaine: coca farmers in Colombia, drugs mules in Ecuadorian prisons, cocaine factories in the Bolivian jungle, dealers on the streets of Mexico, law enforcement officials on the streets of Baltimore – and the everyday consumers around the dinner tables of the West. It’s a story of politics, death, economic devastation and human suffering, and explores realistic alternatives to the war on drugs. You will never think about cocaine and the war on drugs the same way again.
A shockingly candid examination of how a street dealer can rise to cartel lord with relative ease, this film is an insider’s guide to the violent but extremely lucrative drug industry. Told from the perspective of former drug dealers, and featuring interviews with Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, David Simon (creator of The Wire), and the Law Enforcement Action Partnership’s Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), the film exposes the corruption behind the War on Drugs.
In the summer of 2012, some of LEAP’s most dedicated speakers accompanied Javier Sicilia's Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity from the Mexican border, through 27 U.S. cities, to Washington D.C. Representing the 70,000 murdered and tens of thousands disappeared in Mexico since 2006, over one hundred victims of the war on drugs shared their stories of suffering and pain with the American public. LEAP provided law enforcement voices that bore personal witness to the harms and wasteful futility of the War on Drugs.
Experience a beautifully rendered, powerful story of law enforcement coming together with drug war survivors to expose the violence generated by drug prohibition.
Executive Producer, Deputy Chief Stephen Downing (Ret.) Writer/Director Sam Sabzehzar
In this documentary, seven young people question why our government is still arresting people for possession of marijuana. 420 spotlights stories of students who have been arrested, shot by police and even murdered for mere possession of marijuana. Peppered throughout the film are law enforcement experts (Captain Peter Christ (Ret.), Deputy Chief Stephen Downing (Ret.) and Officer Rusty White (Fmr.), among others) who provide shocking commentary and outspoken regret over a policy they helped enforce, only to realize the futility and failure of marijuana prohibition.