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Raeford Davis

Raeford Davis is a former police officer who worked in the City of North Charleston for six years, including four years as a patrol officer and two as a special victims unit detective. Before becoming a police officer, he served in the United States Coast Guard Reserves. Raeford graduated from Charleston Southern University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and as a police officer, he made hundreds of arrests, many of them drug related, in order to keep “bad guys off the streets,” thinking it would prevent more serious crimes from occurring. Previously a dedicated front line drug warrior, Raeford later became a zealous legalization advocate. He saw first-hand how the war on drugs is responsible for most of the harm associated with drug use and how drug prohibition increases crime, endangers citizens and police, and violates people’s rights. Raeford retired in 2007 after being injured in the line of duty. He continues to serve his community as a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Raeford is also a frequent guest on radio and podcasts in the libertarian, anarchist,  and voluntaryist community, discussing liberty and policing issues.


  • Policing
  • The War on Drugs

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