Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Your Tax Dollars At Work: Drug Warriors

Imagine if this was your home these men came to:

That is how quickly lives are lost in the war on drugs. When police invade private homes in search of drugs, anything and everything can go wrong, and even the slightest misunderstanding becomes a matter of life and death. The victim in this case, Todd Blair, brandished a golf club in terror as armed men stormed his home in the night. We'll never know for sure if he realized they were police. But we do know that only a small amount of drugs were found in the raid that took his life.

That drugs and violence often go hand in hand isn't a mystery to many among us – the bloodshed gripping Mexico is old news by now – but this is a very different kind of drug war violence than the infamous turf wars of the cartels. This is a rare glimpse into the unbelievable level of force our own public servants unleash routinely in order to protect us from ourselves. This man was just a drug user. Whether he ever sold drugs is in dispute, but there's no question that he lived and died in poverty, and not from drugs, but from police who gunned him down in his own home.
Warning: you're about to watch a man get shot to death by his own government because he wanted to decide for himself what he could put into his own body:

Your tax dollars funded this man's death, and they pay the salaries of every politician in Washington who votes to continue their tragically unsuccessful War on Drugs against the American public.



JoeBama "Truth 101" Kelly said...

We can all sleep better tonight knowing another golf club brandishing dope fiend is dead thanks to the war on drugs.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans who's crime was being an Afghan or Iraqi are dead also thanks to the war on terror.

I guess we showed them.

JBW said...

As always T101, your wisdom outdoes your compassion. I can't say that I'm surprised.