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Video Captures The Brutal Reality Of The War On (Some) Drugs

by @ 1:20 pm on May 5, 2010. Filed under Individual Liberty, War On Drugs

Radley Balko passes along this video of a February drug raid in Missouri:

Background:

Police arrested Jonathan E. Whitworth, 25, of 1501 Kinloch Court on Feb. 11 on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and second-degree child endangerment.

A police SWAT team entered Whitworth’s residence around 8:30 p.m. suspecting a large amount of marijuana at the location, police spokeswoman Officer Jessie Haden said. SWAT members encountered a pit bull upon entry, held back and then fatally shot the dog, which officers said was acting in an uncontrollably aggressive manner.

Whitworth was arrested, and his wife and 7-year-old son were present during the SWAT raid, Haden said. A second dog, which Whitworth’s attorney Jeff Hilbrenner described as a corgi, also was shot but was not killed.

“The family is concerned with what happened,” Hilbrenner said. “We don’t feel like what happened in the home was appropriate. The priority right now for us is the misdemeanor charges.”

Police discovered a grinder, a pipe and a small amount of marijuana, Haden said. Because the SWAT team acts on the most updated information available, the team wanted to enter the house before marijuana believed to be at the location could be distributed, she said.

“If you let too much time go by, then the drugs are not there,” she said.

Considering that there was barely enough on premises to justify even a misdemeanor charge, that wouldn’t have taken long.

4 Responses to “Video Captures The Brutal Reality Of The War On (Some) Drugs”

  1. Had that been my dog, none of those nazi spawn of Satan would be breathing today.

  2. Julie Anne Burton says:

    If those sons of bitches broke into my home and shot my dog, I’d kill every single last one of them if it took me years to track them down. That dog did nothing wrong. It barked. Yeah, real aggressive. I’m writing the police department and the mayor of that fascist city.

    I’m trembling with rage.

  3. Julie Anne Burton says:

    Tomorrow I’m contacting the police department and getting the officers’ information and filing a complaint against them. I’m also contacting the mayor’s office, and both the Humane Society and the SPCA.

    I’m told by FBI contacts that it’s standard procedure to kill the dogs when they enter a house. These people need better training. If a dog is barking, it is NOT going to attack. Only if a dog is growling and has a specific body language COMMON TO ALL BREEDS does one have to worry about being hurt.

    Considering there were what, six of them, you’d think they could have waited before killing that poor dog. Buncha pissants.

    I watched this directly before leaving for a doctor’s appointment. After they took my blood pressure, they made me lie down and gave me drugs because they thought I was going to have a stroke or heart attack at any moment, I was just so damn FURIOUS.

  4. D Linde says:

    Jesus Christ … You’d think they were arresting Sadam Hussein sitting on a pile of bombs. All this over the suspicion of some damn marijuana. They’re lucky a stray bullet didn’t hit the kid.

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