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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Winning the War on Drugs

posted by on July 29 at 10:33 AM

Before dawn.

A man was shot and killed by police this morning in a Kensington-Eggert neighborhood home as hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned throughout Buffalo to round up members of a violent drug gang.

The shooting occurred inside a bedroom at 202 Kay St., police said.

“During entry, a firearm was pointed at the entering officer and the officer [fired],” said Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson. The suspect was hit but didn’t return fire, the commissioner added.

The man, whose name and condition weren’t immediately available, was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

It’s always the same story at first: The suspect allegedly had a gun but didn’t shoot, the officers fired, and the sap ends up wounded or dead. But after the smoke clears, we often learn that no drugs were found, the person didn’t have a gun, or the person shot wasn’t even the suspect. I know that these guys in the drug gangs aren’t saints, but, after reading these reports week in and week out, it’s completely vexing why we keep going after them this way. Just today, there’s this story about how a cop in Lima had fatally shot a woman in response to gunfire from another officer. Considering the track record for pre-dawn drug raids, and considering 400 officers were willy nilly storming people’s bedrooms with guns drawn, and considering these suspects are supposedly armed and dangerous, it’s a miracle only one person was killed this morning.

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they should wait till late morning to raid drug dealers' homes - usually the people with legit jobs are safely off to work while the suspects are still lazing about in bed. and then you can kill at will! wheee! go usa!

Posted by max solomon | July 29, 2008 10:53 AM

Good thing he wasn't protecting his constitutional rights against undeclared search and seizure ...



Never mind.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 29, 2008 10:56 AM

I thought giving the cops carte blanche to kick in doors, bust heads, and fire their weapons at will was the reason we declared War on Drugs in the first place. I mean, the original justification was that drugs were a public health risk, but you don't see health inspectors running around with Kevlar body armor kicking in restaurant doors looking for salmonella outbreaks, do you?

Posted by flamingbanjo | July 29, 2008 11:00 AM

Judge, jury, and executioner.

Posted by Greg | July 29, 2008 11:06 AM

Better that every cop on the force get killed in the line of duty from taking the time to make sure they have the right person than for one single innocent person to die at their hands. My sympathy for any of their bullshit ended the day a couple of cops pulled their guns on me and my preschool children in a case of mistaken identity. Cops go fucking batshit when they have a hard-on for someone.

Posted by Smade | July 29, 2008 11:26 AM

@5 too true. I think they all believe that if they talk calmly the bad guys will jump out from behind a tree in striped prisoner outfits and mow them down. Thusly, bringing society to an end.

Posted by ams | July 29, 2008 12:34 PM

So has anyone read the New Yorker story on the medical marijuana culture in Cali yet?

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 29, 2008 12:44 PM

I live in Buffalo, but still have Washington plates on my car from moving here last summer, and I read the Slog daily. Imagine my split-second disorientation when the Slog, my trustworthy source for what's going on back home, covers the same story I heard on WBFO driving home from my stupid job today. Yeah, I watched that video about the Seattle fault at some point going totally Biblical on our asses, but still....take me home, country roads and/or 2600 miles of I-90. Sorry, Barfalo.

Posted by Leah | July 29, 2008 4:14 PM

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