What tyranny looks like
I admit to feeling something close to rage watching this video of a SWAT team breaking into this family’s home, shooting their dogs in front of their seven-year-old boy, and then arresting the father and charging the parents with child endangerment all over the possession of a small amount of marijuana. Perhaps it was empathy I was feeling, but it felt a great deal more like rage. I suppose it was both.
Radley Balko writes:
I’d urge you to watch it, and to send it to the drug warriors in your life. This is the blunt-end result of all the war imagery and militaristic rhetoric politicians have been spewing for the last 30 years—cops dressed like soldiers, barreling through the front door middle of the night, slaughtering the family pets, filling the house with bullets in the presence of children, then having the audacity to charge the parents with endangering their own kid. There are 100-150 of these raids every day in America, the vast, vast majority like this one, to serve a warrant for a consensual crime. But they did prevent Jonathan Whitworth from smoking the pot they found in his possession. So I guess this mission was a success.
How can we give our government the authority to trample on its own citizens like this over what is by every sane and rational argument – not to mention every piece of scientific data – an incredibly harmless substance used consensually without any real side-effects? It boggles the mind.
And sometimes, it breaks the heart. Imagine your own home being burst into in this way, bullets flying, your children traumatized. Imagine they were after that six-pack of beer in your fridge. Imagine yours was the wrong house, as Balko points out is often the case.
This whole horrible war on drugs is a disgrace.