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    Posted May 6, 2010 by
    Columbia, Missouri

    Missouri SWAT Criticized for Killing Dogs. Finally.


    The brutal methods used by SWAT teams throughout the country are not  news in the war on drugs. This steady militarization of our police  forces in the pursuit of drug seizures has largely gone unnoticed in the  press until recently, when some high-profile incidents highlighted some  of the uglier tactics used when raiding potential drug dens.


    Two such cases were those of Tarika Wilson, who was killed while  holding her baby, and Cheye Calvo, the mayor of a small  Maryland town who had his home raided and two black Labradors killed by  local SWAT because a package of marijuana was sent to his house without  his knowledge.


    A similar incident occurred on Feb. 11 in Columbia, Missouri, resulting in the death of one dog and the shooting of another  during a raid on the home of Jonathan Whitworth, who police  suspected of selling marijuana. Police stormed into his house and  immediately opened fire on the dogs, before they realized that there was  a 7-year-old child in the house.  A grinder, a pipe, and a small amount  of marijuana were found, but no evidence of distribution.

    Watch the video below, keeping in mind that police later tried to  charge Whitworth with child endangerment, as if having a little  marijuana in the home is more dangerous to a child’s wellbeing than  storming into their house with automatic weapons and killing their dogs.


    Spokesperson Officer Jessie Haden defended the decision to commence  the raid without verifying who was in the home by saying, “If you let  too much time go by, then the drugs are not there.”  Well they weren’t.   But no one paid too much attention until the video surfaced that showed the raid  in detail. Now people are paying attention.


    It’s a little sad that it requires graphic video of dogs yelping as  they die and a child being rushed out the door to get people to ask  questions about something that happens all too often in every state in  this country because of the government’s war on marijuana.


    CREDIT: http://blog.mpp.org/prohibition/missouri-swat-criticized-for-killing-dogs-finally-with-video/05052010/


    Report duplicated from above MPP Blog post.

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