Saturday, January 22, 2011

VIDEO: Man Holding Golf Club Killed in Botched Utah Drug Raid

(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.



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