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This is your war on Drugs.

Yet again we find drugwar cowboys, hyped up on antidrug propaganda and  self-righteousness, invading some innocent home, terrorizing what turn out to be innocent people, making accusations of 'drugs' and 'guns', and roughing people up.

Not exactly "protecting and serving".

This time people are fighting back.

Detroit woman sues police for $15 million

Tasha Flowers said Thursday that approximately 14 police officers barged into her home in the 19000 block of Shrewsbury about 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 without a search warrant, demanding to know where drugs and guns were. After she explained she didn't have any, she said they twisted her arm and tried to handcuff her, while her children and two of their friends were there.

The article reports that the family was "terrorized" by police officers around 2 hours, with reports of beating, punching, and kicking people and "using the 'n-word'". A 13 year-od daughter suffered bruises on her face as officers punched her and used unacceptable racial epithets.

But here's the man bites dog' tidbit in this story - apparently one or more of the cops experienced something like "remorse".

The following day, a police officer came back with $25 gift certificates to Wal-Mart and Target, $100 in cash and the promise to bring a cashmere coat because he felt bad about the alleged attack, Flowers said.

Man bites dog...cop bribes victims?

With Wal~Mart gift certificates??

They invade a home and assault people - children - for no reason (other than being jacked up on drugwar bullshit) and then offer then $100?

That's bribery and it used to be against the law.

Not only that, the cops and the people are LUCKY everybody is still alive. There was no report of gun fire or tasering - just old-fashioned, hands-on physical assault.

Your war on drugs is out of friggin' control and these extremely dangerous incidents will simply continue until it is addressed. I suppose that's just "unfortunate', right?

It costs you billions - but we have plenty of money, right?

At least it didn't cost anybody their life this time around.

This is your war on drugs.

Originally posted to Toking Points Memo on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 04:32 PM PST.

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