Just in case you aren’t already convinced that the “war on drugs” is the biggest waste of time, energy, and money imaginable, perhaps the following tragic tale will push you over the edge. Specifically, this story demonstrates the dangers of the militarization of the U.S. police force, combined with the increased use of SWAT raids on homes of Americans who in many cases have committed non-violent offenses and victimless “crimes.”
There are now 50,000 SWAT raids happening annually in America.
The latest indefensible action by police playing soliders took place in Georgia, and the victim was a 19-month-old toddler named Bou Bou. The terrible crime that the officers were cracking down on was the dealing of methamphetamine, and the proper response was apparently a SWAT team raid. Not only did the police not even bother to ensure that the suspect was in the house at the time (he wasn’t), but they also threw a flash bang grenade into the young boy’s playpen.
“[The device] blew open his face and his chest,” the boy’s mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, told the paper outside Grady Memorial Hospital, where the child is now in a medically induced coma. “Everybody was asleep. It’s not like anyone was trying to fight.”
Is this Afghanistan, or a supposedly free country?