Thursday, May 06, 2010

Video of SWAT Raid on Missouri Family

Reason magazine has video for this:
""> SWAT team breaks into home, fires seven rounds at family's pit bull and corgi (?!) as a seven-year-old looks on.

They found a "small amount" of marijuana, enough for a misdemeanor charge. The parents were then charged with child endangerment.

So smoking pot = "child endangerment." Storming a home with guns, then firing bullets into the family pets as a child looks on = necessary police procedures to ensure everyone's safety.

Just so we're clear.
A corgi is some sort of dog with a long body and short legs.

The libertarian magazine wants to legalize marijuana. But that is not my point. If possessing a small amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense, and they charge the guy with a misdemeanor, then I have no complaint about that.

But how is this child endangerment? Watch the video. The SWAT team looks like they are raiding Al Capone. It is overkill for a misdemeanor pot charge. Surely the child was more endangered by the SWAT team than anyone else.

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