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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    2. 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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