Wednesday, May 5, 2010

There Are 40,000 of These Each Year

Here's what happened (1):
"SWAT team breaks into home, fires seven rounds at family's pit bull and corgi (?!) as a seven-year-old looks on.
They found a "small amount" of marijuana, enough for a misdemeanor charge. The parents were then charged with child endangerment.
So smoking pot = "child endangerment." Storming a home with guns, then firing bullets into the family pets as a child looks on = necessary police procedures to ensure everyone's safety.
Just so we're clear."


The Shrink said...

Absolutely incredible. Truly incredible. As in, it's hard to believe this is credible.

Proportionate use of police powers is a concern in the UK but it doesn't seem anything like as concerning as 40,000 such episodes as this/year.

NeuroPsych said...

The true estimate I've read is between 100-120 a day. You figure 50 states at 2 raids a day in each state, is 36, 500 a year. It's hard to believe, but in such a large country, it is quite possible.

aunt deb said...

How can these men justify their 'job' to themselves? They shoot the dogs, terrorize the child and the family, and for what? A stash of marijuana?

Why was money spent on all those SWAT uniforms, helmets, door-smashers and last but not least, the videocam to record their magnificent adventures in law-n-order against supervillains and their vicious critters?? Isn't there something more worthwhile to spend taxpayers' money on down there in Columbia, Missouri? Somehow, I think there must be.

It's just so upsetting to think the police can be so brutal without any consequences.