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Fox News Host Calls For Jailing Missouri SWAT Cops Over Botched Pot Raid

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director May 11, 2010

    Judge Andrew Napolitano, host of Fox News.com’s Freedom Watch, has long been on the right side of the war on drugs, and his scathing critique of the deplorable police actions in Columbia, Missouri is no exception.

    (To recap for those who have not yet seen the video: under the cover of darkness, a team of militarized SWAT agents enter a family home and immediately engage in gunfire — killing one of two family dogs and wounding the other — and likely inflicting lifelong trauma to the family’s seven-year-old son. Police ultimately seized a small amount of marijuana residue and associated paraphernalia, which resulted in a misdemeanor charge and a $300 fine.)

    In fact, Napolitano’s very first question to befuddled Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid is: “When are the cops who did this going to be arrested and put in jail where they belong?” It’s a valid question that, not surprisingly, leaves the new mayor speechless.

    In less than a week nearly one-million people have watched the graphic and sickening footage from Columbia. It has, quite understandably, inspired public outrage and, apparently, some welcome changes in police procedure.

    Yet as NORML Outreach Coordinator Russ Belville astutely points out on today’s edition of the NORML Stash blog, none of these minor amendments to protocol in any way gets to the heart of the problem, and that is this: Police and politicians still “accept the premise that this level of force is appropriate to keep people from using marijuana.” Ultimately, this societal mentality must change.

    That is why, while on the one hand NORML (obviously) supports cannabis medicalization and decriminalization efforts, we also recognize that these efforts fall woefully short for many Americans. In short, the only way to fully protect all our citizens from these kinds of abhorrent events is through the legalization and regulation of marijuana for all adults. Help us make this a reality.

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    172 Responses to “Fox News Host Calls For Jailing Missouri SWAT Cops Over Botched Pot Raid”

    1. jack eich says:

      this is something that would have happened in nazi germany in WW11. I cant believe these evil gang banging cops dont get put to death for raiding homes in violation of the fourth amendment. need some folks to blast the door with an ak47 and wast a few cops and that might slow things down.

    2. Angie says:

      Even the calm cops are bad guys!!! we just got cultivation charges after the cop told us if we give him our plants then no charges will be filed. They are dirty people trying to make an easy bust.Watching this video just made me cry…..WHY??? I do not get the judicial system……

    3. Stoney says:

      Crook or cop,

      If you break into my home, I will shoot first and ask questions later, period.

      At all cost, I will protect my family and property.

      I think if more people were willing to “shoot first” and ask questions later, the police might change there tune when it comes to entering a private familys home, and start showing some respect.

      if you BREAK into my home, you will be shot, I dont care who you think you are. “live free or die”

    4. Donald says:

      This video made me so sick I almost threw up… These swat fuckers should all be thrown in jail.

    5. Willie G says:

      When will we truly fight back in this war on drugs? It’s time to get together people.

    6. bighare1 says:

      AND TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT AND TO THE POINT….
      IN MARIETTA, GEORGIA MANY YEARS AGO THERE WAS A LYNCH MOB OF PEOPLE DEMANDING JUSTICE…
      YES, THEY GOT TOGETHER AND HAD THEMSELVES A GOOD OLE LYNCHING IN THE MARIETTA, GA. TOWN SQUARE….!!!!
      HUH! NOW THAT SEEMS TO REASON….
      NOT JUST IN MISSOURI, BUT ANYTOWN, USA.
      I SAY THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION SHOULD FORM A LYNCH MOB TO TAKE CARE OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THE GOVERNMENT SCOUNDRELS INVOLVED. NOT ONLY IN MISSOURI BUT ANYTOWN, USA WHERE A LYNCHING IN TOWN SQUARE WOULD BE APPROIATE FOR DEALING WITH THIS PLAGUE OF SCUMBAG POLICE BASTARDS, IN ORDER TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE REST OF YOU GOVERNMENT SCUMBAG LOW LIFERS.
      I CALL FOR DEATH AND HELL TO ALL YOU PIG HEADED SCOUNDRELS!!! LET’S HANG’UM BY THE BALLS IN TOWN SQUARE JUST TO SHOW THEM WHATS COMING AROUND THE CORNER VERY SHORTLY!!!

    7. bighare1 says:

      WOW! THIS ARTICLE HAS ENOUGH COMMENTS TO STIR ACTION!!!!
      LET IT RUN FOREVER!!!
      I SEE THE LIGHT, NOW I SEE THE LIGHT!!!
      END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION FOREVER!!!!!!!

    8. william says:

      and people wonder why the police cant be trusted

    9. jack eich says:

      the police are corrupt and only out for the money. prison guards,cops,lawyers,judges,they all benefit from the war on a flowering herb that is beneficial. the drug companies are stuffing money up their asses because people can grow their own medication. Its a plant asshole, not a drug. clean the environment smoke a nazi cop

    10. Max Fubar says:

      We need to realize, the revolution is already starting, but this one is breaking the nation apart rather than reform is because it is designed to fail and to be used as an excuse to further chain us down. To really make a difference, you need to show this video to every non-smoker and ask them, what if tomorrow they banned sugar, or some other item deemed dangerous to the individual and used these tactics to obtain an arrest because an individual might not care what it does to them. In fact they discourage others from using it. When people see that what happens here can happen to them just as easy, because someone else says it does us no good and so we can’t have it, which only encourages our natural tendencies to rebel. THe thing here is we are fighting money, and we know money does strange things to people. Just think of Judas.

    11. Sean says:

      To “need more info” Do better research, It clearly states that the CORGI was the one shot and killed. Also, there was no pitbull in the home.

    12. cory says:

      how evil are those police officers they shoould all be in prison

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    18. Ruth C says:

      WHY DON’T ALL OF US SUPPORTING DRUG REFORM, MORE SPECIFICALLY POT, ORGANIZE A MARCH ON WASHINGTON TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA, IF WE CAN GET THIS GOING MAYBE WE CAN GET SOME CHANGE.

    19. jackattack says:

      the drug war benefits only the militaristic cops and drug task forces. more lives are ruined and people killed and injured than we can imagine. cops,lawyers,judges,murdering task forces. they all make money and the jails boil over. people have lost respect for cops. they are not part of the community anymore. they are like hitlers storm troopers and secret police.

    20. 1suthernbel says:

      I was horrified by the actions of these cops. I do not use weed or any other “illegal” drugs, and don’t hate cops, but the groupthink, mindless following, and willingnes to harm the innocent demonstrated here are abominable and should have no place in our supposedly free scoiety. I hope at least some of these men have sufficient conscience and empathy to be forever haunted with guilt when they look at their own pet, or wife, or child. I live in supposedly liberal Washington state, and recently, there has been a big push to toughen or eliminate medical marijuana by our governor and other officials normally perceived as liberal. I am a home health nurse, and know that many chronicly ill not so young patients swear by marijuana as the best method of pain and anxiety relief, antinausea remedy, and appetite stimulant. What a hideous waste of tax money it is to spend money on terrorizing innocent citizens in a time when so many much needed programs to benefit citizens are being cut or eliminated. I plan to share this with as many people as I possibly can. While I generally find Fox news coverage and its commentator anything from questionable to despicable, I am so grateful to Judge Napolitano for presenting this, especially to the more conservative citizens of this country, who often buy into the notion that the police are justified in whatever actions they take. Many of those same conservatives have driven drunk many times, and would be outraged if treated in such a manner while being arrested for a crime which we know kills, maims, and destroys lives each year. God help us all. I sometimes depair that this nation will ever mature to encompass a reasonable and just society.

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