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Missouri SWAT team shoots family dog during raid over “small amount” of marijuana | The NORML Stash Blog

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24 responses to “Missouri SWAT team shoots family dog during raid over “small amount” of marijuana”

  1. Joe Barton wants the feds to arrest medical marijuana patients — Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog

    [...] Joe apply the same standard to the police state, that he does to plants? SWAT teams routinely murder dogs and occasionaly kill humans, drug cartels murder Mexicans en masse with cannabis profits. You [...]

  2. US Government: Registered medical marijuana patients have no 2nd Amendment rights | The NORML Stash Blog

    [...] any help from the National Rifle Association.  They’ll be as receptive to getting involved as PETA was when the Missouri cops were shooting a man’s pet dog in his home during a raid.  Left or right, liberal or conservative, from the NRA to PETA your [...]

  3. We Know Legalization Will Take Awhile, But Can You At Least Stop Killing Us Over It? | The NORML Stash Blog

    [...] armor and flash bang grenades, the tear gas and automatic weapons pointed at 13 year old girls, shooting dogs and hand cuffing people and having them sit in their dog’s blood while they interrogate them [...]

  4. It’s a police badge, not a license to shoot defenseless dogs « Rant Roulette

    [...] There’s also a blog entry on norml.org about this case. [...]

  5. Kc

    All that for drug use?
    And shooting the dogs in front of a little kid is iresponsible.
    There was no need for that its just uncalled for I mean those dogs did nothing wrong.
    That situation could have ben handled in so many other ways that didn’t have to cause the lives of two inocent animals One cop would have ben fine not the whole stupid swat team.
    The one cop could have just gave them a fine a day or two in jail.
    That would have ben a way better way to handle the situation.

  6. Shadow

    What Happend to go to cops theyll protect you.
    yeah right if there so good then why shoot a dog with a child present thats just stupid I mean what are they trying to do tramatize the kid
    The dogs were posing no threat what so ever.
    and a courgi is like a foot tall or less yeah thats threting.
    I mean I have a chocolate labrador retriver named Hershey who I consider my family.
    and if any thing happend to her I would die insideI I got for christmas 4 yrs ago when I was 11 and now at
    14 I cant imagine life with out her.
    we have also have a german shorthair named baby who I love verry much.
    And if anyone shot my dogs cop or no cop then I would shove that gun down there throtes

  7. fire thrower

    If those cops shot my dog I’d shove that gun threw there ears or up there nose

  8. shadow

    I have a chocolate labrador retriver named Hershey who I consider my family and if any thing happend to her I would die inside.
    Because shes my best friend.
    Ive had her for four years since I was eleven years and now at fourteen I cant imagine life without her
    And for those cops to shoot those dogs was just cruel and in front of a child I mean what the heck you tryin to do tramutize the kid.

  9. shadow

    I think those cops should be shot. like they shot those poor dogs

  10. Fire shadow

    This video is sad I hate those cops

  11. Fire shadow

    For the cop to shoot the dogs was just cruel and stupid.
    I mean all the dogs were doing was barking they wernt attacking.
    If the dogs were strays with rabbies and were attacking them then okay I can understand that.
    so basicaly those dogs died for protecting and loving there family.
    And you know the cops are gonna make up some excusse like the dogs lunged at them to make it look okay but I waltched this video and the dogs did noting that required the cops to shoot them,
    I mean they could have asked the owners to put the dogs outside or in another room.
    But to shoot them was just wrong I think theses morrans should be aresseted for animal crulety.
    And I hope they read these comments so they can how low they are.
    I mean to take somthing they love I mean they have some nerve its not always a matter of having the heart to do something but having the heart not too.
    I would never shoot a dog unless I absolutly had too like if the dog was about to kill me.
    And to the cops who shot those poor Inocent dogs I hope you butt heads get fired.
    But I guess they give the badge to any crack headed morran

  12. Fire shadow

    For the cop to shoot the dogs was just cruel and stupid.
    I mean all the dogs were doing was barking they wernt attacking.
    If the dogs were strays with rabbies and were attacking them then okay I can understand that.
    so basicaly those dogs died for protecting and loving there family.
    And you know the cops are gonna make up some excusse like the dogs lunged at them to make it look okay but I waltched this video and the dogs did noting that required the cops to shoot them,
    I mean they could have asked the owners to put the dogs outside or in another room.
    But to shoot them was just wrong I think theses morrans should be aresseted for animal crulety.
    And I hope they read these comments so they can how low they are.
    I mean to take somthing they love I mean they have some nerve its not always a matter of having the heart to do something but having the heart not too.
    I would never shoot a dog unless I absolutly had too like if the dog was about to kill me.
    And to the cops who shot those poor Inocent dogs I hope you butt heads get fired.
    You dont deserve that badge but I guess they give the badge to any crack headed morran out there
    they get all mad and sad when someone shoots there k9 dog but its okay for them shoot are dogs.
    I guess they think its okay if its not there dog or the dog isn’t certified if its just a house pet.
    Cops abuse there power they think that were below them and that they can do what ever just because they have a badge and gun.
    I mean didn’t they take and oath to protect the people of the city?
    I dont rember there being a shoot peoples pet for reason in there

  13. Flame

    I think shooting the dogs was uncalled for I mean four big strange guys with guns barge in threw the door how do you think the dog should react ?
    And to shoot the dogs in front of a little kid.
    thats just stupid I mean what are they trying to do tramutize the kid.
    They get sad and all upset when some robber shoots there k9 dog cop but then they go and shoot someone elses dog for no aparent reason I guess they think its okay if the dog isnt certified . cops abuse there power they think that eveybodys below them and that they can just do what ever they want just becuase they have a badge and gun. They are not above the law
    I mean didnt they take an oath to protect the people I dont remember there being a shoot the family pet part

  14. william wesley

    Its terrorism plain and simple. Anyone can be a terrorist, if you use terror to gain political advantage you are a terrorist. That means that police can use terror as a tactic, soldiers, scientists, anyone. The greatest terrorist threat on planet earth is the US missile arsenal which threatens the extinction of all life, a few rag tag rebels are a laughable threat by compared to that. In history the vast majority of terrorist action is taken by ones own government against some singled out minority, Far more people die at the hands of thier own military and police than at the hands of another nations military or police. This is a fact. These tactics are pure terrorism, the message as seen on the news by the public at large is drug users and their associates and even children should be executed in the field, forget a trial, in Missouri lynching now has official sanction, rights are an alien concept there

  15. Dani

    I just don’t understand…why shoot a corgi!? I have a 10 year old PWC…that I would NOT trade for the world. Sure he has his moments where he’s annoying as hell, but he would never intentionally hurt someone–unless he thought I was being harmed. Corgis are HERDERS not “Hurters”
    And for them to do it in front of the child….I just have no words.
    My fiance sent me a link to the video and it made me cry. I mean just the thought “what if that were us” scares the hell out of me. Who can you trust if you can’t trust the cops? Isn’t that what we’re tought from childhood…”Go to the cops, you’ll be safe” I’ll be damned if I teach my kids that.

  16. Judge Napolitano on FOX, PETA, and Columbia Police respond to furor over Missouri SWAT Dog Shooting « The Chronic Chronicles

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  17. Columbia, Missouri, police respond to growing furor over SWAT team killing family pet during misdemeanor marijuana raid « The Chronic Chronicles

    [...] of the Missouri SWAT raid and the video has gone viral and the Columbia Police Department is scrambling to put the spin on [...]

  18. Missouri SWAT team shoots family dog during raid over “small amount” of marijuana « The Chronic Chronicles

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  19. Patricia D Campbell

    This is the most outrageous thing I’ve seen in quite awhile, and I see plenty of them on the site that provided this link; Care2. I wish I hadn’t watched the video Russ; it is a a literal nightmare. Because I love my animal friends as you do, the video was VERY painful to see. What jerks, these “big strong men” in swat suits and boots, to kill scared dogs trying to protect their people and home. Pointless and cruel, obviously. Especially considering the “crime”, God help us if these kind of people are our “protectors”!!! The lack of a real “crime” isn’t even so relevant; they didn’t need to kill the dog or dogs whatever the supposed crime was.

  20. Expertsetup

    This military style raid with firearms discharge and murder of family pets is an outrage. There is no excuse for lethal force against pets in a home with children. There is no rational defense for not having tased the dogs.

    There must be some legal protection or consequence that L.E.O. should face for such acts as ending the lives of family pets. Clearly a taser would have put everyone, including the officers themselves at much less risk.

    TO open fire in a domestic home that has not even been cleared in all rooms is ridiculous, there is no tactical rational for this.

    Is a search warrant alone a license to kill family pets? Can not this very tactic be taken out of the tool box of the police? Can an officers right to avoid a physical confrontation with an animal allow it to kill without reservation? Is it not a severe crime to cause harm to a police dog? How can a police dog be protected by LAW and a home owners animal not enjoy the same protection?

    I wish the officers that perpetrate this heinous crime against this family would in turn suffer the same trauma. TO hear the sound of their beloved companions yelping in pain before the sound of the three successive shots that would end their lives. Perhaps that sound would echo in the hollows of their heart where human compassion used to be found, forever.

  21. fishcreekbob

    :loco: :furious: :rifle: :guns:

  22. Larry Talley

    This only estranges the general population from Law Enforcement. The children (as well as adults) in that house – and virtually any cannabis user that watches this video, will never call the police to help them again.

    I’m ashamed to be calling these terrorists fellow ‘americans’ – I think it’s stretching to call them human. They should all resign in shame.

    Our country has forsaken it’s citizens.

    Larry S. Talley
    USN, Ret
    LEAP Speaker
    NORML Supporter
    cfo@dfwnorml.org

  23. fallibilist

    Here’s some simple activism we can all do. When you see an outrage like this one, post it to a social media network. Some people might say it’s “slacktivism” (not real labor) but, in reality, it’s important that everyone know what’s going on in the name of the War on Drugs.

    I posted this on reddit, in the subboards /r/marijuana and /r/drugs.

    The more people see this type of cruelty, the fewer will support these sorts of police atrocities.

  24. Danny Danko

    I am absolutely outraged beyond words by this video.

    Do you think the SWAT team’s actions in the MO raid were appropriate? http://www.columbiatribune.com/polls/2010/may/do-you-tink-swat-actions-were-appropriate/results/

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