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May. 11th, 2010

04:33 pm - A Drug Raid Goes Viral

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Last week, a Columbia, Missouri, drug raid captured on video went viral. As of this morning, the video had garnered 950,000 views on YouTube. It has lit up message boards, blogs, and discussion groups around the Web, unleashing anger, resentment and even, regrettably, calls for violence against the police officers who conducted the raid. I've been writing about and researching these raids for about five years, including raids that claimed the lives of innocent children, grandmothers, college students, and bystanders. Innocent families have been terrorized by cops who raided on bad information, or who raided the wrong home due to some careless mistake. There's never been a reaction like this one.

But despite all the anger the raid has inspired, the only thing unusual thing here is that the raid was captured on video, and that the video was subsequently released to the press. Everything else was routine. Save for the outrage coming from Columbia residents themselves, therefore, the mass anger directed at the Columbia Police Department over the last week is misdirected. Raids just like the one captured in the video happen 100-150 times every day in America. Those angered by that video should probably look to their own communities. Odds are pretty good that your local police department is doing the same thing.

via reason.com

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From:jimp220
Date:May 12th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
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Maybe the outrage is over the dog pathetically crying while it dies. True, this happens so often in the US most folks feel that if they weren't guilty then the cops wouldn't be breaking into their house, and as a Nation, we have grown cynical to violence by law enforcement.

I have tried to become a 'ghost'. Don't make contact with the police and don't attract attention. Lay low.

I've already resigned myself to shooting first and will probably die at the hands of the police if they try this at my home. Hopefully the grandkids won't be present. I will more than likely kill the first one through the door and give the second one a 50/50 chance. After that they will perform body piercing on me with their full autos, testosterone and steroids that most SWAT teams are on.

Don't know how much more I can do except support legislation that legalizes pot and severly restricts no knock raids.
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