This is the blunt-end result of all the war imagery and militaristic rhetoric politicians have been spewing for the last 30 years—cops dressed like soldiers, barreling through the front door middle of the night, slaughtering the family pets, filling the house with bullets in the presence of children, then having the audacity to charge the parents with endangering their own kid.
Complete and utter horseshit. Cops "dressing like soldiers" and "militaristic rhetoric" has absolutely NOTHING to do with this. Would anyone make the statement that if police were required to wear class A (dress) uniforms at all times, this kind of thing would stop? That's ridiculous. What we wear and carry and the tactics we use are based on what the situation calls for. Parade: high gloss leather and starched Class A's. No-knock warrant: kevlar helmets, balaclavas and M-4's. This is going to make people with Mayberry fantasies uncomfortable. Tough.
The reality of serving a no-knock warrant means that police are sometimes going to have to shoot a dog or two, and they may even have to raise their voices and say bad words.
Now, on to the REAL source of the problem...
Raids like these are the inevitable result of drug prohibition laws
, which have so far had the exact same result that Prohibition did in the 1920's (Aegrescit medendo
). If we want to stop this kind of thing from happening, we need to start electing legislators who are on board with the idea that what you put in your body for recreational purposes is your business, and no one else's. We need to dismantle the DEA and repeal all Federal drug laws and then challenge them at the individual State level.
"My first priority will be to reinstate the assault weapons ban PERMANENTLY as soon as I take office...I intend to work with Congress on a national no carry law, 1 gun a month purchase limits, and bans on all semi-automatic guns."-Barack Obama
"When in doubt, whip it out."-Nuge