Tina Cooper says her son just turned 24 years old the day before his birthday she saw him on the side of the road, slumped over high on dope by a bus station as she was driving home from work.
“I know my son,” Cooper said. “I know he has a mental illness and I know from seeing prior people on drugs it’s not a good thing to approach somebody like that. And so I was torn as to whether to stop or to just keep on going and I chose to keep on going.”
Cooper says the decision to drive off was gut wrenching as a mother.
“For one, I didn’t want my son to know that I had seen him like that,” she said. “It’s already hard enough on him knowing the damage he’s doing to himself and to his family. I just didn’t want to give him more anguish as a reason to do more drugs, so I kept going.”
Cooper says her son’s been an addict for over five years, and for the family, it’s been hell. And she says King County is making an impossible situation even harder.
“I have written countless letters to the judge directly begging him to leave my son in jail,“ Cooper said. “And every time I go to court I beg, ‘Please, just keep him in there. At least I know he’s safe.’ This slap on the hand and let him out to go do dope again. It’s like this revolving door of not giving

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