Cops Behaving Badly: How NOT to search for a paltry amount of pot

Warning: What you’re about to see is very disturbing, particularly the part where they shoot the poor screaming dog. Don’t click the play button if you’re highly sensitive to police brutality or ugly language.

And here’s what that was all about

Police arrested Jonathan E. Whitworth, 25, of 1501 Kinloch Court on Feb. 11 on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and second-degree child endangerment.

A police SWAT team entered Whitworth’s residence around 8:30 p.m. suspecting a large amount of marijuana at the location, police spokeswoman Officer Jessie Haden said. SWAT members encountered a pit bull upon entry, held back and then fatally shot the dog, which officers said was acting in an uncontrollably aggressive manner.

Whitworth was arrested, and his wife and 7-year-old son were present during the SWAT raid, Haden said. A second dog, which Whitworth’s attorney Jeff Hilbrenner described as a corgi, also was shot but was not killed.

And if you’re wondering what “second-degree child endangerment” actually means, well, consider what they netted in this ugly sting:

Police discovered a grinder, a pipe and a small amount of marijuana, Haden said. Because the SWAT team acts on the most updated information available, the team wanted to enter the house before marijuana believed to be at the location could be distributed, she said.

“If you let too much time go by, then the drugs are not there,” she said.

Or maybe they were never there to begin with, other than the tiny amount that was obviously for personal use, which the cops found. Meaning, maybe this guy wasn’t a “distributor” at all, but just an ordinary occasional user.

I would say this raid was a lot more child endangerment that the paltry pot possession in question, wouldn’t you?

BTW, here’s the latest on that story. It has led to an inquiry, which I would say IS justified. And amply so.

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5 Responses to Cops Behaving Badly: How NOT to search for a paltry amount of pot

  1. Slave Revolt says:

    The drug war has a functional utility with respect to social control, on so many levels.
    It’s not a conspiracy, it doesn’t need to be. It just works (for the ruling classes).
    This is yet another pathetic tragedy, and I hope the family can pick up the pieces and move on.
    Prosecuting these police, I am sure, doesn’t enter the equation.

  2. The War on Drugs took up where the war on commies left off. It’s police-statism, no doubt about it. It’s just amazing how few people realize it until it’s THEIR door getting kicked down, THEIR dog shot, THEIR family terrorized, etc.
    The supreme irony is that the worst drug problems are, in fact, with legal substances. Tobacco, alcohol, prescription meds, and oh yeah, cold medicines containing ephedrine, which gets cooked into crystal meth. This guy, who obviously smokes just a little pot now and again, got treated like the worst kind of meth-cooker. But the SWAT teams never kick down the doors of the big distilleries, the tobacco companies, or the ones that manufacture ephedrine for OTC cold medicines…because THAT would be interference with capitalism!

  3. Willy says:

    timely post with the reintroduction of mandatory sentences et al.

  4. Wolf says:

    The actions of the police are just in this video. The dog was probably hit with a non lethal round. Even if not, its just a dog. Warrants are not issued without reasonable cause. In the heat of the moment, upon breach ANYTHING and everything can be considered a threat. That dog could have been just barking or a serious threat. The officers were not about to find out the hard way. While not exactly the most streamlined raid, it was just. Drugs and those who distribute them need to be swept from our streets.

  5. Dude, can you fucking read? Go click on the news link. The dog was NOT “probably hit with a non lethal round”, it was flat-out KILLED. Killed for nothing, since this guy was also obviously not a distributor. Why are you right-wing Johnny-come-latelies always so goddamn stupid?

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