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By "Radical" Russ Belville on July 21, 2011
As sheriffs executed the warrant at the studio, one asked Rivera about searching his home. Rivera says the deputy threatened to kill his dog if he didn’t cooperate. “We can do this the easy way and you can take us to your house to look around,” Rivera recounts the deputy saying, “or we can detain you for six hours while we get a warrant and go to your house and shoot your dog.”
By "Radical" Russ Belville on February 16, 2011
On this date a New Orleans Police Department officer, without warning, or exigent cause, crept into our home, while our 19 year old daughter studied in the adjacent room, distrubed the slumber of our 125 lb. full bred Rottie, and shot him at point blank range before he was even able to bark.
By CannaBob on January 26, 2011
Can we stop the killing, can we stop the SWAT raids? Can we stop using excessive police force to enforce these drug laws? If we have to accept that they’re going to be around for awhile and it’s politically difficult to change them, if that’s the case, fine, but please change the tactics we use to enforce those laws.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on July 19, 2010
In Memoriam “Dottie Dog”
For our Loyal & Beloved Family Pet of 11 years. Shot & Killed by Sierra Vista police Dept. officers while you were locked up in the back yard during execution of a search warrant. But the police didn’t find any drugs or illegal weapons in the house so…
You are missed rest in peace. Janelle, Sarah, Darnell & Adele Drumevitch
By "Radical" Russ Belville on July 10, 2010
It was an idyllic afternoon in this quiet East Haven neighborhood. At Michael Dadio’s house on George Street, his girlfriend’s kids played in the back yard while his dad mowed the lawn. Then the cops showed up. They killed the family dog, tasered Michael Dadio Sr. and then arrested him — all because he didn’t [...]
By "Radical" Russ Belville on June 18, 2010
A 62-year-old grandmother in Washington, Massachusetts tells AP that police came to her home serving a drug warrant for her 28-year-old grandson. The grandma asks to put her dog in the back yard or the bathroom. The cops tell her the bathroom would be fine. Later, the cops open the bathroom door, claim this 13-year-old dog named “Wrinkles” attacked them, and they shoot it multiple times. By the way, the grandson hasn’t lived in the home for a dozen years and the only drugs cops found were what they claimed was “drug residue” on some baggies, which the grandma contends is the residue of fortune cookies.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 24, 2010
Analysis of the KATU Anna Song medmj “undercover” investigation; Dan Viets on Columbia MO SWAT dog shooting; music by Johnny Reeferseed & The High Rollers.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 24, 2010
This is all completely legal and justified in the eyes of the law. Standard Operating Procedure. You, sitting there, smoking that joint on your couch, could be next. Jonathan Whitworth had his home burst into by armed invaders and his pet shot and killed based on the tips of anonymous informants (read: criminals getting a deal to squeal) and a few empty baggies in his trash. Many others have had their homes violated because of an incorrect address on a warrant or faulty information from a snitch.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 14, 2010
In 2008, the number of police who died maintaining drug prohibition was seven; in 2007, it was four; it 2006, it was five; in 2005, it was four. When placed in the context of the more than 1.5 million drug arrests made in each of those years, it is clear that only one in every several hundred thousand drug arrests leads to an officer’s death. During the past 10 years, the odds were less than 1 in 350,000.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 11, 2010
All these explanations are meaningless until you accept the premise that this level of force is appropriate to keep people from using marijuana. The proposed changes by the Columbia Police still allow for “dynamic entry” to bust into people’s homes to keep them from using marijuana. All this document represents is embarrassment that the cops were caught on video executing these commonplace tactics and promises to make sure that the next time they burst into a home late at night guns blazing to catch someone with marijuana, they’ll try to be sure there are no kids around.