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droidamus2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-09-10 07:40 AM
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15. Agree and disagree
I agree with Cenk that the most important thing is to address the bigger problem and end the war on drug users NOW! I totally disagree with his acceptance of the Gestapo tactics of the SWAT team. These guys are a bunch of cowboys that get all hyped up to go into somebodies house and raise hell. The whole 'they got the warrant because the neighbor narced' is right up there with the proverbial anonymous source that the cops like to use as an excuse to hassle somebody. As far as I'm concerned the neighbors accusation shouldn't even have been enough to get a warrant and therefore whoever the judge was that signed off on was a lazy ass as well. You will never convince me that with a little actual police work that the cops couldn't have determined what the situation was (man, woman, child, couple of dogs) and handled it differently. Gee, maybe something as simple as sending an undercover cop to the door with some excuse about looking for an address or something and trying to get a look into the house to see what the situation is before breaking in. As somebody else said a little surveillance would work too.

The cops and their supporters have done a very good propaganda job of making people think every drug dealer is highly armed, violent and will come out with guns blazing and numerous attack dogs to protect their stash. Not to say there aren't some real jerks dealing drugs especially when dealing with larger quantities or high value products but your basic neighborhood pot dealer is not looking to get themselves and their family killed over a couple of ounces of pot.

Absolutely no excuse for killing the family dog. Why not have an animal control person/cop that is padded enough to take on the dog while the other 12 cops take care of the people. Shooting the animals says to me that the attitude is 'I don't have time to deal with no damn animal so I'll just blow em away'.
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