Police State

5 05 2010

Radley Balko:

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.

I’m just going to go ahead and warn you that the video is seriously disturbing, so only click through if you’ve got the stomach for watching cops blow away the family pets while a little kid sits nearby, losing her mind.

I like cops and, yeah, cops are necessary, but we’ve managed to empower a fairly high number of psychopaths to “police” this society in the name of a bunch of bullshit law-and-order blandishments, and this is pretty much what you get.

—Jason

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