(Yet another reason to be afraid of the Drug War! This is only one of many “botched” drug raids that resulted in fatal police shootings of innocent citizens!)
By: Brian Sonenstein Tuesday January 18, 2011 12:14 pm
A graphic video of a botched drug raid in Utah has reignited conversations on whether our war on drugs is the right approach in tackling drug use and addiction.
The Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force had a warrant to search the home of Todd Blair early in the morning, but did not find the drug dealing operation they were looking for. Instead, officers found only a small amount of marijuana and an empty vile of methamphetamine.
In the video, Sgt. Troy Burnett kicks the door down, sees Blair at the end of the hall with a golf club over his head, shoots Blair 3 times and then tells him to get on the ground. Somehow, local prosecutors have declared this to be a just killing within the confines of Utah law.
Blair’s family is launching a federal lawsuit alleging that officers had many other options at their disposal other than murdering an unarmed drug addict.