James Leroy Wilson's blog

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Stormtrooper Watch

From Radley Balko, whose post provides three more incidents of innocent drug war fatalities, and concludes:
The tally thus far from my research: 42 innocent people killed in paramilitary raids. 57 if you include police officers. Another 20 were nonviolent offenders (recreational pot smokers, gamblers, etc.) shot and killed either by accident or because they mistook raiding police for criminal intruders and were killed when they attempted to defend themselves, their homes, and/or their families.

Many people oppose the death penalty because they don't don't like the risk of innocent people being killed. Let's hope these same people apply their concern on police tactics, particularly in apprehending nonviolent "criminals."

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