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Monday, August 18, 2008

Winning the War on Drugs

posted by on August 18 at 16:44 PM

In Buffalo:

Armed with a battering ram and shotguns, Buffalo police looking for heroin broke down the door and stormed the lower apartment of a West Side family of eight. The problem is that the Wednesday evening raid should have occurred at an apartment upstairs.

And, that’s only the tip of the iceberg, according to Schavon Pennyamon, who lives at the mistakenly raided apartment on Sherwood Street with her husband, Terrell, and six children.

Pennyamon alleges that after wrongly breaking into her apartment, police proceeded to strike her epileptic husband in the head with the butt end of a shotgun and point shotguns at her young children before admitting their mistake and then raiding the right apartment….

“We wouldn’t be comfortable discussing the internal investigation,” [detective Dennis] Richards said. “We can say comfortably that over 1,100 search warrants were executed last year and 580 to date this year and that, with such a high volume and such a fast-paced environment, it is understandable that mistakes could happen.”

She says she’s left with a broken door, an injured husband, jittery children and — what bothers her most — still no apology from police….

“My 12-year-old and 6-year-old don’t want to be home at all,” she said, adding that her younger children cower or run to the back of the house when they hear anyone approaching. Police said no arrests were made in the subsequent raid at the upstairs apartment.

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Lawsuit with large punitive damages.

Posted by LMSW | August 18, 2008 4:49 PM

This is just brutal. SOMEBODY'S got to step up and sue one of these times. This has got to stop.

Posted by Fnarf | August 18, 2008 5:04 PM

They should sue the feds for creating this Drug War on America.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 18, 2008 5:19 PM

Let's just start small, and work our way up. Can we get Congress to pass a bill on State mandated apologies?

Posted by Chris in Tampa | August 18, 2008 9:39 PM

Ugh. One more jack-booted stomp towards a wholly authoritarian fascistic state. Might as well elect McCain and get it over with. I know this belongs in one of several other threads, but the ground McCain has been gaining with his bullshit "I was a POW, how dare you question" tactics is making me lose all hope of an Obama presidency. Cynical? Me? Nahhh...

Posted by laterite | August 18, 2008 11:46 PM

Is the ACLU getting in on this action? And if not, why not?

Posted by Greg | August 19, 2008 9:32 AM

You guys are being so negative. Try to look at the silver lining. The cops didn't shoot a single child in this raid. That's way better than some other raids.

Posted by Colin | August 19, 2008 1:07 PM

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