Smoke weed, Fluffy dies!

5/7/2010:

Child endangerment, really?

Not going to get into the reasons for and against the legalization of marijuana here today – but take a look at this video of a police raid on a Missouri family back in February.

Reason.com said “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.”

Several 411 readers have sent links for this story over the past few months, and figured it was time to post it. “America better wake up,” said one reader.

Is America’s “police state” reaching unreasonable levels?

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18 Comments on "Smoke weed, Fluffy dies!"

King of Rock
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King of Rock

One less pitbull to worry about. :mrgreen:

nacholibre
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nacholibre

The days of police getting blanket approval for “no knock” warrants based on the belief that where drugs are equals guns are gone. Police must have separate eveidence such as gun arrests, violent history of offender, etc., so unless we know what was contained in the affidavit for the warrant, we don’t know if it was an overuse of force. Would a SWAT team going in to a college dorm with two Phishheads be overkill? Yes. Would a street crew with a history of violent crimes and guns selling weed (and everything else) be justification for a SWAT team? Yes.

Personally, as someone with a good amount of time in law enforcement (and zero past use of weed), I have no issue with weed being legalized as I never saw too many weed-induced cases of violence or douchery (except some moronic burnouts at the Phish concerts who thought they were Constitutional law scholars).

I am glad I never had to shoot a dog, as I would feel much worse than a case of self-defense against a two legged critter.

getz76
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getz76
Apparently, “no knock” warrants for drugs are still available in the fine state of Missouri. Warrant details: columbiatribune.com/news/2010/may/06/chief-details-swat-incident/ I am not in law enforcement, but this sounds insane. It sounds rough and it is coming from a Police Chief trying to do damage control. Call me skeptical, but I am betting it is even less rosy than what is being disseminated. A big marijuana dealer… okay. I get it. It is against the law. Why go in to the house while he is there? Why not wait until he is gone? Or wait until both the wife and child are gone? Why do a late-night raid… and while he did 15 months for dealing before, what were they expecting to run in to? No reasonable person expects the police to be perfect, but they need to own up to mistakes. It sounds like they had some terrible information on this guy and it turned out sh!tty for him and his family. Worse, the DA decides to continue the douchery and charge him with child endangerment for a misdemeanor drug possession.[quote comment=”192042″]The days of police getting blanket approval for “no knock” warrants based on the belief that where drugs are equals guns are gone. Police must have separate eveidence such as gun arrests, violent history of offender, etc., so unless we know what was contained in the affidavit for the warrant, we don’t know if it was an overuse of force. Would a SWAT team going in to a college dorm… Read more »
Easy-E
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They shot… A corgi?

For f*@%’s sake:

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Scary!

Sorry, but those cops are morons.
[quote comment=”192061″]Apparently, “no knock” warrants for drugs are still available in the fine state of Missouri.Warrant details:I am not in law enforcement, but this sounds insane. It sounds rough and it is coming from a Police Chief trying to do damage control. Call me skeptical, but I am betting it is even less rosy than what is being disseminated. A big marijuana dealer… okay. I get it. It is against the law. Why go in to the house while he is there? Why not wait until he is gone? Or wait until both the wife and child are gone? Why do a late-night raid… and while he did 15 months for dealing before, what were they expecting to run in to? No reasonable person expects the police to be perfect, but they need to own up to mistakes. It sounds like they had some terrible information on this guy and it turned out sh!tty for him and his family. Worse, the DA decides to continue the douchery and charge him with child endangerment for a misdemeanor drug possession.

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Chief
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war on drugs is to take drug’s off the street corner and put in the doctor’s office. “hey doc i have a paper cut can you help me” sure take these pills you’ll be fine 😡

filthyHOBO
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filthyHOBO

like mpg33 said, who knows what was in that house before the police came in. If it was crack or heroin would their actions be justified? Police dont just get to kick in doors and shoot dogs because someone uses small amounts of weed. There is more to the story. It sound horrible that the cops killed a dog in front of a kid because daddy had a nickel bag of weed, but i’m sure we didnt get the full story

pcrail
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pcrail

In my opinion this is disproportionately used force only because of Marijuana. Imagine that traumatized kid.

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