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Brighton Pride Champion Takes On Drugs War ::

Reported by Olly @ Trackitdown on August 14, 2006

Brighton Police carried out just twelve drug tests with their Ion Track Machine at last weekend’s Pride event in the city, after Gay Times associate editor/ club promoter Richard Smith challenged them about using the controversial machine.

The £10,000 device measures minute traces of drugs on suspects’ hands and was previously used by cops to randomly test 1,000 clubbers on one night ‘as a condition of entry’ prompting Richard to raise the alarm at a press conference last week. During the conference, Chief Superintendent Kevin Moore tested positive for heroin, prompting him to stress there would be no random testing at Pride, though Richard persisted in challenging the use of the machines nevertheless.

“We kind of won with the drug testing,” he told Skrufff, “I think it started out as a police PR exercise but thanks to me and Colin at Release kicking up a fuss, they realized it was a PR disaster.  So, on the day, the policing seemed pretty discreet.”

“And CSI Ken Moore testing positive for heroin proves the machines are just bunkum,” he added. “It's a really good feeling, the police clearly didn't think anyone would raise their voices about this - drug users don't usually get vocal, or fight for their rights. Actually I'm really fucking proud of myself. Shows what little men can do.  We don't have to take this crap.  I fought the law and the gays and libertarians won,” he laughed.

Writing in Gay Times the week before, Richard was equally outspoken about the issue declaring ‘yes, I know that taking drugs is against the law, but not too long ago so was having gay sex.’

 “That was until a few brave souls started standing up and asking why and saying no. Call me crazy, but don’t you think people should be able to do what they want with their own bodies? Wasn’t that what we started Pride for?” he said. (‘Designed to halt terrorist attacks as well as enforce drug laws, GE Ion Track products are the ideal compliment to X-Ray scanners and weapons detectors. . .’) The Stonewall Riot and Its Aftermath: On Friday evening, June 27, 1969, the New York City tactical police force raided a popular Greenwich Village gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. Raids were not unusual in 1969; in fact, they were conducted regularly without much resistance. However, that night the street erupted into violent protest as the crowds in the bar fought back . . .’)


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