Target: Percy Wilburn, President of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police
Goal: Prevent saliva tests from being administered upon arrest due to a conflict of interest with test distributor
Recently, Arkansas passed a law that allows officers to administer a new drug test on site that delivers results within ten minutes. Lieutenant Allan Marx, a major proponent of the law, claims that the tests have a 94-99 percent accuracy rating to detect the use of amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, phencyclidine, benzodiazepines, alcohol, methadone, and a variety of other drugs. The problem, however, is that Marx is a distributor of the test kits.
This provides an incredible conflict of interest: a situation in which taxpayer money will be providing law enforcement agencies with the test kits. Marx, the distributor of the test kits, was a driving force behind the passing of the law. His interest in the product also raises the concern of the validity of the percentages he claims are accurate. Given the rates that Marx himself admitted, there is still a possibility of a six percent failure rate, which could place innocent people under arrest. A positive test, according to Marx, would serve as probable cause for an arrest.
The incredible oversight and personal gain that Marx would garner through the use and distribution of these kits is appalling. His personal financial interest in the product should have prevented him from participating in the passing of the law, and the product’s subsequent application within the police force.
This conflict of interest cannot be allowed to continue. Sign this petition to urge The President of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police to stop the use of these kits, in an effort to preserve due process of law and the taxpayers’ interests in the products they choose to support.
Dear Percy Wilburn,
Recently, Arkansas passed a law allowing the use of saliva test kits by the police force. While these kits test for a variety of drugs and can be administered very quickly, there are a few issues. Not only is the success rate as low as 94 percent (a figure given by a distributor of the product), which could place many innocent people under arrest, but there has been a major conflict of interest in the addition of this product to the police force. Lieutenant Allan Marx, one of the major proponents of the law that permits the use of these test kits, is a distributor of the product. Thus, the taxpayer money that will support these products will personally benefit him.
I urge you to take a look at the circumstances regarding the law’s passing. I fear that the figures presented by Marx may be inaccurate, in an attempt to further push the product for personal gain. Marx’s personal financial benefit should have been taken into consideration as this law was being reviewed. Please, prevent police forces from using this product, prevent innocents from arrest, and allow the taxpayers to choose the products that police will use.
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