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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Winning the War on Drugs

posted by on July 8 at 11:05 AM

In Upstate New York:

When the Troy Police Department executed a search warrant at a home at 396 First St. last week, they thought they were targeting a drug house. But now that is being questioned as it appears they raided the wrong location.

There is now a coat of fresh paint on the door along with a new doorknob and lock. But you can still see a dent in an aluminum window frame and a rip and a window shade.

The damage was caused when all hell broke loose on July 3. The Troy Police Emergency Response Unit shot the door lock off, broke the front window and tossed in a flash grenade. The woman living on the first floor was taken into custody, but she was soon released.

Um, this reporter must have missed the memo that he’s supposed to credulously report whatever bullshit law enforcement says about drug busts.

(I moved the video that was here after the jump because it was funking up the Slog for Firefox users.)

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GO TROY! I used to live near there, and frankly I'm surprised they're busting drug dealers. The local economy is so in the shitter they should be promoting anyone who manages to sell anything.

Posted by dwight moody | July 8, 2008 11:09 AM

It's not a drug bust.

It's an attempt to seize citizens' assets to use to fund the police force.

Why do you think they do the raids?

They get to keep the house, the car, all the assets of the "suspected" criminal under our drug crime laws.

And if they break into your house mistakenly - you have to pay to repair it - not them.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 8, 2008 11:14 AM

You can't conclude that she's not a drug dealer even though she was released and not charged. That's what the guy said. Guilty until proven innocent? No, just guilty no matter what.

These cops belong in jail.

Posted by Fnarf | July 8, 2008 11:18 AM

That was special...

Posted by Jimmy | July 8, 2008 11:43 AM

Wait. If I am innocent, there is no laws being broken and a cop kicks down my door and throws a flash bang grenade in my living room, I have to pay to get my door fixed?

Posted by Lazlo | July 8, 2008 11:51 AM

Now see, if this home owner had just exercised her Second Amendment right to secure her person and posessions from unreasonable search and seizure, we'd have a very different story here, namely, a couple of cops shot, and most likely a dead home owner.

But, of course, she was probably just another tree-hugging, gun-hating librul, who not only somehow managed to miraculously survive this ordeal, but who will now undoubtedly clog the court system with yet another frivolous law suit at the expense of all good, gun-owning, God-fearing, tax-paying Amurkins.

There oughta be a law I tells ya'.

Posted by COMTE | July 8, 2008 11:54 AM

No, @5, the cops will fix and paint your door. They won't give you your hearing back, or your normal heart rate, though.

Posted by Fnarf | July 8, 2008 11:58 AM

See, the neat thing is, if you think your straightlaced neighbor is narking on you, you just report THEM as drug dealers and let the cops do your violent intimidation work for you.

Posted by Fnarf | July 8, 2008 1:48 PM

As a Linux Firefox user, I must say the SLOG is the most painful site I regularly visit due to the excessive use of (Flash?) animation. Every time I consider visiting I ask myself whether its worth the hassle. A point to consider for your webadmin.

Posted by butterw | July 8, 2008 1:58 PM

Morons. You shoot out the door hinges, not the lock, then toss in a flash-bang. It's in the Manual.

And Firefox users aren't the only ones complaining about all the Flash.

Posted by Toe Tag | July 8, 2008 2:29 PM

Firefox users who've installed Flashblock don't complain about the Flash.

Posted by Fnarf | July 8, 2008 5:14 PM

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