Should Drug and Alcohol Tests Be Required In Officer-Involved Shootings?

Source: Activist Post, by Amanda Warren

What do you think about the idea of drug testing police who use their service weapons in officer-involved shootings and other fatalities?

After all, how many times are citizens held to rigorous, if not completely invasive measures to test for substances, especially while targeted during the so-called War on Drugs. Someone need not show any signs of illicit drug use in order to have all rights waived out the window. They may go to prison for defending their home from what they think is a middle-of-the-night invasion – while no drugs were ever present.

Seeing as police killed more Americans in 2014 than all U.S. mass shootings combined, getting to the bottom of the problem and increasing accountability are more important than ever. Drug testing police involved in shootings is an argument up for debate in the state of North Carolina – at least it is currently up for scrutiny and speculation.

An investigation conducted in part by Greensboro’s News & Record found that it is incredibly rare for a North Carolina officer to have a drug test after an officer involved shooting – even the fatal ones.

An N&R investigation found that if there were a time for officers to be tested for substance abuse, it is way more likely to occur after wrecking a service vehicle than after taking a life.

A query of 10 North Carolina law enforcement agencies found that only two agencies require drug or alcohol testing following the use of deadly force, including in incidents that are fatal.

Whether an agency chooses to require drug or alcohol testing is up to the individual departments…

The News & Record recently investigated officer-involved shootings in the Piedmont Triad and Raleigh. Of 61 shootings the newspaper examined, 60 were ruled to be justified. Thirty-three people died.

The Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department automatically requires testing any time a gun is fired in the line of duty, after an officer-involved death and if medical help beyond first-aid is required for the officer. Alamance County Sheriff’s Office requires screening and also didn’t have any officer-involved shootings.

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  1. It protects the municipality from allegations and litigation, so why not? Off-duty incidents may also require testing as many cops are known to consume alcohol beverages after work. Makes sense.
    Elected officials also, need random and ongoing drug and alcohol testing. Pschological examinations would need to be included. Stop calling the kettle burned. Sensitive job positions will require integrity. Police unions will want contractual agreements to have a Quid Pro Quo, for anything. What are municipalities willing to part with, more money?


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