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Nasty Statist(tics)

See what I did there?

Regular readers (thank you!) know I am pro-law enforcement.  However, just as I promote the entire history of the United States (warts and all), I believe in reviewing all efforts by the police (good and bad).

A Washington Post article regarding the police came to my attention.

Pursuing drugs and guns on scant evidence, D.C. police sometimes raid wrong homes — terrifying the innocent

For the time constrained, here’s the juicy part…

A Washington Post review of 2,000 warrants served by D.C. police between January 2013 and January 2015 found that 284 — about 14 percent — shared the characteristics of the one executed at Taylor’s apartment. In every case, after arresting someone on the street for possession of drugs or a weapon, police invoked their training and experience to justify a search of a residence without observing criminal activity there. The language of the warrants gave officers broad leeway to search for drugs and guns in areas saturated by them and to seize phones, computers and personal records.

In about 60 percent of the 284 cases, police executing the warrants found illegal items, ranging from drug paraphernalia to guns, The Post found. The amounts of drugs recovered were usually small, ranging from residue to marijuana cigarettes to rocks of cocaine. About 40 percent of the time — in 115 cases — police left empty-handed.

Ah, The War on Drugs (and Guns) strikes again.  How many folks are incarcerated for possession of a joint, and how many cops are employed to locate and incarcerated such folks?

And if The Second Amendment is indeed an individual right (as the Supreme Court has stated)…yatta, yatta, yatta.

It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer” – English jurist William Blackstone

h/t Jeffery

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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6 thoughts on “Nasty Statist(tics)

  1. I remember reading about the sudden militarization of local & county police/sheriffs back in the ’70s, when Jimmy Carter began distributing left-over Viet Nam equipment. You give ’em a tank with a battering ram, or M-16s, or whatever, and darned if they look for opportunities to use all those shiny new toys. Same thing goes for body armor, MRAPs, or anything else.

    Then you find a sympathetic judge, and SHAZAM! you’ve got no-knock raids on homes. I understand their explanation for it, but I strongly disagree with it.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | March 8, 2016, 9:51 am
  2. Ah, The War on Drugs (and Guns) strikes again.

    How do people get from “XX is Bad” to “A Politician Will Fix it” with more laws?
    It boggles the mind that rational thinking people who KNOW that politicians from the city all the way up to D.C. couldn’t find their ass with both hands and a huntin’ dog, will turn nod and grin when one promises they will fix the problem….again. Just like the last law promised to fix the problem but didn’t.

    Note to all politicians: QUIT TRYING TO HELP ME!!
    Didn’t ask for it – don’t need it – don’t want it – and I sure as hell don’t want to pay for it!

    Posted by KM | March 8, 2016, 10:00 am
  3. MPD doesn’t give a rat’s ass about individual’s rights… Just sayin…

    Posted by OldNFO | March 8, 2016, 2:42 pm

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