Friday, February 1, 2008

Another example...

Of why the drug war needs to stop, or at a minimum, the use of SWAT teams and military tactics on people who have a little pot in their house.

The basics of the story:

Police informant sees Japanese Maple trees being grown in a guy's garage (that informant may or may not have broken in, we still aren't sure)
Police get a warrant, without any additional information, to search the home to look for pot.
Police break down the door in the middle of the night, maybe announcing who they are, maybe not, because you know the man sleeping inside might hear them knock and somehow flush a bunch of trees down the toilet or something.
Guy sleeping inside is woken by a group of men carrying weapons, dressed in black, wearing ski masks.
He shoots and kills one of them (he's been on edge since someone just broke into his house)
He's in jail for murder, the use of a firearm in a felony, and misdemeanor posession.

Yes, they broke down his door and got a cop killed for an ounce of pot. They are charging the wrong person with a crime.

Read all the related links, it's quite a story.

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