Skip to comments.This Is Your War on Drugs (More SWAT Shenanigans from Columbia Missouri)
Posted on 05/27/2011 10:45:40 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
We have another video of a raid by the Columbia Police Department. The action starts at 5:30. Theres more violence. More perfunctory dog killing. (I didnt hear a single menacing growl, and the dogs were shot while retreating.) Theres more careless tossing of flash grenades. (They threw five, then, bizarrely, two more to prove that the previous 5 grenades had done no damage.) This raid, once again, was for marijuana.
Ive become somewhat inoculated to the outrage in many these stories. I think you probably need to in order to write about this stuff every day. But I was shaking while watching this one. Then I let out a string of profanities. Then I gave my dog a hug.
All of which is why you need to watch it. And help distribute it as far and wide as the Columbia raid video from last year. This isnt like watching video of a car accident or a natural disaster. This doesnt have to happen. Youre watching something your government does to your fellow citizens about 150 times per day in this country. If this very literal drug war insanity is going to continue to be waged in our name, we ought to make goddamned sure everyone knows exactly what it entails. And this is what it entails. Cops dressed like soldiers breaking into private homes, tossing concussion grenades, training their guns on nonviolent citizens, and slaughtering dogs as a matter of procedure.
More details from the good people at Keep Columbia Free.
Video at link...
This is a video of the Columbia, MO SWAT team serving a search warrant for marijuana on 03.07.2008 at the home of Mr. Jonathan March.
According to Attorney Dan Viets, Mr. March had no prior felony convictions at the time of the raid and he did possess firearms which were absolutely legal and constitutionally protected.
During the raid, 5 concussion grenades were exploded in and around the home. One of the grenades exploded near the feet of the young lady visitor, seen in the video, who, at the time, was seated on the couch. Two additional grenades were exploded subsequent to the arrest on the premise that the CPD needed to prove that the previous 5 grenades had done no damage. The grenades left clear charred remains on the carpet and other areas of the home.
During sworn testimony taken by Viets, the SWAT officers who executed this raid acknowledged that they had shot to death two dogs with their machine guns. Both dogs were shot in the back while retreating. One of the dogs is shot at around the 6:30 mark in the video as an officer tops the stairs, passes a suspect on the floor, and steps into a bedroom. You can see a glimpse of the dead dog as the officer stands in the doorway. The dog is obviously facing away from the officer. At 6:55 you can see another injured dog struggling in the hall.
It is important to note that this raid took place before Chief Ken Burton accepted his position with the CPD. Due to the overwhelming public outcry stemming from a more recent yet similar raid under his command, Chief Burton has, for the time being, reigned in the use of his SWAT team to serve search warrants for non-violent crimes and criminals.
While the prevalence of violent, paramilitary raids has waned in Columbia, this type of raid is happening somewhere in the United States right now. Please speak out against this government sanctioned domestic terrorism.
The Agitator might be more credible if it weren’t for their kneejerk position against Israel....
You left out seizing property without due process.
The obviously coordinated dog killing by SWAT teams across the country is extremely disturbing. It’s sole reason for existence is terrorism - to have cops not only brandishing guns, and not merely firing them, but actually killing animals, especially dearly beloved animals.
This is a deliberate emotional escalation of an extremely dangerous situation to begin with, into a near murderous one. You have shocked and outraged people forced to witness the slaughter of their beloved pets under conditions of being threatened with death themselves, while the cops are literally in the middle of directly experiencing bloodlust, and throwing the tow together under screaming conditions while grenades are going off.
This is deliberately created terrorism insanity, designed to push people to absolute limits of survivial fight-or-flight conditions. It is absolutely contrary to any legitimate method of quickly and professionally taking control of a situation and calming things down - in fact, it is the exact opposite.
Someone with the power to coordinate all of the SWAT teams across the country is using ferociously vicious and murderous psychological techniques to try to terrorize people into suicidal levels of bloodshed.
Who is coordinating this? Who is pushing it? And why?
Perhaps... but you can't deny that even Pravda or the NY Times gets it right every once in a while...
I believe Pravda nails it more often than the Old Shady Lady these days.
Yeah, you might be right.
Of course being found guilty for a crime I had nothing to do with in 1982 may prevent me from being objective here. But ...being that this is the second similar video I’ve seen tonight, I first wanted a 50 caliber machine gun but now I also want a flame thrower... This crap has been out-of-control for too long.
Wonder why you would ever want that, you false insinuator.
It seems your keen interest is reserved for white pot dealers.
Plus, this happened three years ago? Why is it suddenly newsworthy?
You know, your thing it to accuse anyone who questions the actions of the police to be doper’s... which is how you justify in your warped mind such police actions as the murder of innocent people by the cops...
Because none of this happens in a vacuum in light of recent SWAT craziness and murders by the police I posted it to show its all part of a wider and growing problem that goes way back...
But I am wondering here - how come when it comes to the “war on drugs” it is never presented as involving black suspects?
“Breaking the law and dealing in illegal drugs should be pleasant.”
OK, then maybe you should get tuned up a bit if you get caught rolling a stop sign and with one of those “daily pill dispensers” in your car after it’s searched - that is, prescription drugs not in their original container. Whether or not it was actually in your car in the first place.
Thank you, for ENABLING a better, safer America!
Or, given your screen name, you might be German. Well, never mind, then. Carry on.
Did that come out of a drug cloud?
Lol!!! A Freepers named “Berlin” cheering on the police state, poetic!
There you go again accusing everyone who disagrees with you of being a doper... Is that your default argument mode or something? Perhaps a pavlovian response to bring unable to debate at all?
I post the stories that make the news, perhaps you should address your racist innuendo to the media who write said stories...
But I bet you can explain it to me.
You clearly cannot hold your own in these debates so you default to calling people dopers and implying racisim...
What’s next you gonna start acting like a democrat and argue by sound bite?
>> Or, given your screen name, you might be German.
LOL, Berlin_Freeper definitely deserves the abuse for his statist views, but in fairness to the people of Germany, it was at the time a Western Country overtaken by pure evil; an evil that seduced and murdered millions upon millions of German citizens.
because, in the good ole USA, we NEVER report black crime unless it's particularly heinous. There is so much, and so many black suspects arrested on a daily basis, it would panic society, so we pretend black crime (or hispanic crime for that matter), and the thousands of prisons we have, don't exist and we just report the white-dude crime.
The only real way to deal with these NAZIs is to fiscally strangle them by cutting off funds for their material, installations, etc. And the way to do that is through your local officials. Let them know you oppose massive spending for law-enforcement operations and personnel like this.
They are getting out of hand.
I think the alarming thing is we know we haven’t been able to stop any other out-of-control government agency such as TSA, social services, etc. The chances this being stopped is zilch.
It didn't used to be this bad.
And it doesn't have to stay this bad.
But discussions have to be raised about how far police go, under what conditions, if things are going to change.
It is simply a fact that normal police procedures, let alone SWAT procedures, allow fatal violence FAR more easily, with FAR less invesitgation or liability for the officers involved, than our troops are allowed in the ROEs they have to follow in warfare.
So why should it be easier for the government to kill an american citizen in his own home, than it is for its soldiers to kill the enemy in a war? If SWAT wants to "stay dangerous," they could at least be reigned back to the rules of war.
I thnk that's a fairly reasonable starting place for serious discussions (which probably tells you right there how far it's going to get).
Just my observation and I disclose the fact of a close relative who is a cop. It is not the cops that are the problem...it is the courts and our legal system and judges. If the courts wouldn’t allow this illegal crap, it wouldn’t happen. To correct it, we have to get back to the Constitution and the Rule of Law. These fascist courts are out of control and making UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS that the cops have to carry out....they are paid to follow the laws of this country. What they are doing is obviously allowed by the elected and appointed officials.
We are in much deeper sh+t than just a bunch of rogue cops. They are doing what they are being told (and trained to do) by a bunch of Chicago communist thugs who don’t operate under a Constitution and Bill of Rights. It is because our leaders no longer are constrained by it....they p*ss on it every hour. Cops are told what to do by their superiors....they don’t do anything without the ok of some high-up official.
Any rogue judge who sanctions this Gestapo bullsh*t should be strung up right alongside the Waffen SS bastards who never learned to respect right and wrong, much less our Constitution. My two cents.
Truth be told, these trigger happy murderers are far more dangerous to society than anybody smoking a joint or growing a pot plant for personal use. I don't smoke pot, but that wouldn't save me or my dog if Das Obersturmfuhrer decides to kick in my door at 3:00AM some dark night.
It is slim satisfaction that it won't save him, either.
They are acquiring valuable experience. You know, like the Japanese in China for several years prior to WW2.
It will come in handy one day, when they need to do a Constitution sweep and a cleanout of the vestiges of this republic.
Dogs first, because they are the embodiment of loyalty.
And killing a man’s dog tells him that there is nothing you would shrink from doing to him; it causes terror; it is pure terrorism.
I HATE THE WAR ON DRUGS!!!!!
It has gotten out of hand...from incompetence to SWAT paramilitary killings of innocent civilians and pets!
For God’s sake, we lost this war on drugs. Jail serious drug pushers, and legalize the minor drugs...let people f themselves and thier lives up until they want help, then have the money to build rehabs for those that want it.
Bust people who commit violent crimes—including drug fueled crimes—and stop this madness!
But why bother getting upset...This isn’t about morality or protecting society..this is about a BIG LEA AND PRISON ECONOMY!!
Uh, no judge told this SWAT team to shoot the dogs. No judge told the cops to fire 71 shots at a man not accused of anything. No judge dictates the terrorizing tactics used by SWAT teams.
Nope. These tactics were created & implemented by the police themselves.
So, yes, the cops ARE a HUGE part of the problem.
In an effort to preserve evidence - drugs, the police are willing to risk the lives of everyone in the house, including themselves. Is this the way we would treat someone with several cases of untaxed liquor or a box of Cuban cigars stashed in their home? In the future, will illegal incandescent light bulbs & meat in the fridge warrant these types of tactics? Already, the sale of raw milk warrants a SWAT raid.
This is un-American, & the actions of an indifferent fascist ruling class & its legalized enforcers/assassins - the cops.
What do think about people who shoot other peoples dogs for no good reason? I think they are scum - unfit for public service!
How do you live with yourself when you kick in doors, shoot the dogs, shoot the father, & terrorize a family? Surely, you have to be a psychopath to do this.
Psychopath - A person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse.
I think that perfectly describes a SWAT team breaking into a family home in the darkness of night.
10,000 dead Mexicans killed to sell drugs in the US cry out for a hug.
Why don't you go ahead and post whatever reports you wish to post and not worry so much about what others post. If you want to see more posts of black victims of raids, don't get your panties all in a bunch, just post them. It's an open forum.
Just practicing up for martial law and gun confiscation.
It is. For people from Barack Obama through Barney Frank (caught in a drug house during a raid, and politely allowed to leave) to all the rest of those who have political ties and plenty of money. Even NON AMERICANS with PULL are treated differently than the subjects of these type of minor league raids.
For instance, The head of the IMF.
The police now wait outside parties and breath test students as they leave. Over the limit...a ticket for public intoxication. Holding a beer...a ticket for minor in possession.
My son, 19 years old, got a MIP, so we had to hire a lawyer and we went to court with our son. There were no less than 50 additional defendants for the EXACT SAME CRIME...college kids drinking. No violence, no complaints, just an easy money grab for the city.
A nineteen year old can fight for his country, vote, smoke, etc....but holding a beer will get you a "record".
I went to Mizzou, and back in the 80's, if you got caught with a beer, they, at most, made you pour it out...and, sometimes they gave you a ride home.
My opinion, FTP.
Its not just berlin Freeper, there are many others including one of the Admin Moderators, who would go in and change the titles of my threads, post obscene remarks and every once in a while would even change my remarks...
They are the ones who embrace this sort of police action, they love it, they are all for it... what these idiots can;t seem to grasp is that its just a short step from drug warrants to gun seizures and if Obama gets his way that's exactly what will happen. These SWAT Teams will be kicking in doors and killing more people. If we don;t stand up and demand it stop now, its only a matter of time.
First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
You are exactly right.
Easy to explain: Group conditioning.
These rogue LEOs live and socialize in a social grouping that rewards actions such as these with peer approval. This is a sub-culture that has evolved in normal society. These people are conditioned and trained for this type of behavior.
They "see the light & hear the bell" and they salivate on command. Look at the societal protection they receive when such as this happens. Their 'superiors' protect them - they are removed from public responsibility - they are held to be "above the law."
Our culture has a deep belief that "Officer Friendly" is needed to protect & serve. That he/she is Your Friend and Will Help You. The "Thin Blue Line" and all that. Child gets lost - Look for the Police Officer - Have a problem - They are there to help!
Well folks, those days are sadly gone. Along with the rise in criminal activity and ruthlessness a sub-culture of para-military, publicly funded LEOs has evolved.
Now the question is - Who Will Watch The Watchers?
They are shooting dogs now as SOP and it will become the same for human beings armed or not.
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