First, some background on the NAU drug wars from the now murdered reporter, Gary Webb:
Abuse of Power
J. David McSwane - Rocky Mountain Collegian
January 20, 2009
While the sudden suspension of CSU Police Chief Dexter Yarbrough last month came as another shocking challenge facing a transitioning administration, several campus officers say his absence comes as a breath of fresh air to the department -- putting what several independent sources called his "reign of terror" on hiatus.
In one classroom lecture in spring 2008, Yarbrough advised his students -- including many aspiring police officers -- to provide illicit drugs to informants as payment for information.
"We may decide to give the informant 10 of those (crack cocaine) rocks. OK," Yarbrough said to his criminal investigations class, for which he is additionally compensated as an adjunct instructor.
In the recording, one student sought clarification on the chief's advice, saying:
"So if a police officer gives an informant 10 rocks of crack, and they end up in the hospital, are they responsible for it at that point? … Because I could just say the police gave it to me?"
To the student's question, Yarbrough responded:
"Let me tell you what I would do: You give it to them, but you let them know that, hey, if you get caught with this, you know, don't say my name. Or if they get sick or something, I never gave them those (drugs).
"Didn't I tell you guys that sometimes the police lie? Didn't I tell you guys that? If I didn't, there you go."
In another recording, Yarbrough alluded that sometimes police should cut corners because "if you want the police to play fair, the police can play fair. OK. But watch out when you go out at night, and watch your crime rates go up. The police can play fair. Do you really want the police to do that?"