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Jun. 22 2010 - 2:44 pm | 218 views | 0 recommendations | 4 comments

Police shoot dog while raiding the wrong house

This about sums up my feelings:

Everything about the drug war is a miserable failure.  Millions of otherwise productive citizens languish in the criminal justice system, while drugs continue to circulate, making billionaires of the criminals who control the trade.  That’s a problem of policy, not the fault of the police, who are merely following orders.

But it’s also a problem of execution, and that’s the problem with the people who are just following orders.  Because it takes a special sort of person, the sort of trigger-happy goon who would be drummed out of the military for bloodthirstiness, to want a job that involves home invasions and shooting 13 year old dogs.  We hire the dregs of society, base animals barely better than the dogs they shoot, to enforce our laws.

That’s a reaction to the video below.  When police raided 62-year-old grandmother, Marietta Robinson’s home they shot her 13-year-old dog eight times. All of this while searching for someone who didn’t even live at there.

Of course, when you have blathering nonsense like this being pushed by the Sean Hannity’s of the world, you see how far those of us who want to end the drug wars have to go yet:


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    I wish the cops would shoot Hannity eight times.

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      You know, when I disagree with someone, I don’t shoot them. I don’t even discuss shooting them.

      Like many blowhards, Hannity argues at the edge of one side of the issue. These blowhards can be found on both sides of an issue. Advocating violence, even in jest, is not a productive response. It merely shows that you have no wit to respond in kind.

      Back on topic, we have police who made a horrible mistake. This sort of thing has happened before to no less than a mayor of a town. ( http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,399882,00.html ) Whether it happened because of a clerical error or because someone gave them bad information, the police should answer for their actions.

      This is a very bad mistake. It will happen regardless of whom the police are prosecuting for what. The issue of drug legalization is orthogonal to this discussion.

      In response to another comment. See in context »
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    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – if you can’t handle a small breed, elderly dog without having to shoot it repeatedly, you have no business being a cop – and you especially shouldn’t be on the swat team. If a small child attacked him to try to stop him from arresting their parents, would he have shot the kid? He knew he could get away with shooting the dog. Eight shots for a small, 13 year old dog – that’s use of excessive force on a sadistic level.

    The officer who shot this poor dog should be convicted for his misdeed, and at the very least kicked off the force.

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