We could hang everyone involved in the Donald Scott case and it would do nothing to prevent the same thing from happening again--as shown by similar incidents that have occurred in San Diego and Texas. The killing of Scott is just one symptom of a national drug policy that encourages and rewards abusive actions by the police.
We need more than an investigation of one isolated case. We need a nonpartisan investigation of the national drug policy that produced these abuses. It is time for the National Drug Control Policy Act of 1993, which calls for a 13-member federal commission, to perform a complete review of our national drug policy.