ROUND ROCK, TX — A little girl was confiscated from her loving parents because they smoked marijuana, and given away to a foster mother who put her into a coma and killed her.
EAST DUBLIN, GA — A SWAT team gunned down a grandfather in his home during a late-night raid based on the word of a confessed meth addict and thief.
EASTON, CT — Police violently broke in on a couple of men watching television, exploded concussion grenades, and shot one man roughly a second after entry. The fatal, under-investigated raid yielded no arrests and led to the shooter being named “Officer of the Year.” All because someone was suspected of getting high without government permission.
NOGALES, AZ — While walking on a sidewalk on the southern side of the border, a Mexican teen was shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent from atop a border fence. After two years, the agency has still not released the identity of the shooter, nor any details of its secret investigation.
TAMPA, FL — A man was shot to death in his bedroom by a SWAT team that had stormed in uninvited looking for contraband plants. The violence — which netted only trace amounts of illegal vegetation — adds another casualty to the death toll in America’s bloody Drug War.
WEARE, NH — A “poorly planned” sting operation left an unarmed New Hampshire man dead; shot behind the wheel in the bloody and unnecessary War on Drugs. Despite evidence that contradicted officers’ claims about having their lives endangered, the shooters were not fired and faced no legal consequences.
TOCCOA, GA — A Georgia pastor was gunned down by police in his vehicle at a gas station during a botched sting over $50 worth of drugs. The pastor had nothing to do with drugs; he was giving a ride and money to an impoverished woman in his community.
HEMPSTEAD, NY — An innocent woman hid in a closet when armed strangers unexpectedly broke into her apartment. While cowering in fear, she was discovered by one of the intruders — actually a police officer raiding the wrong address — who promptly shot her in the chest after opening the door.
HOMER, LA — Two police officers crashed a family cookout to harass a man who was not wanted or suspected of any crimes, then shot the man’s elderly father and allegedly planted a gun on him, according to numerous witnesses.
Gun-wielding, black-suited law enforcers busted down a door with a battering ram, terrifying everyone inside and leaving one man dead. Newly released helmet-cam video of the raid shows in graphic detail how this fatal no-knock raid produced yet another casualty in the vicious War on Drugs.
ATLANTA, GA — A paramilitary SWAT team threw a concussion grenade into a baby’s playpen as they raided the home at midnight without knocking.
MIAMI, FL — A torturous “punishment” session turned fatal for a mentally-ill prisoner, when prison guards forced him to stand in a tiny shower stall while being blasted by scalding hot water until his skin began to shrivel away from his body and he died. Fellow inmates say he begged for his life before collapsing in the shower.
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL — A man is “fighting for his life” after being shot during a pre-dawn SWAT raid on his home because of suspected drug possession. His son was beaten and his dog was shot to death.
KILLEEN, TX — A police officer suffered fatal injuries while performing a pre-dawn no-knock raid on a local residence. Several officers were shot by a resident as they tried to enter an apartment through a ground-level window under the cover of darkness.
BURLESON COUNTY, TX — Tragedy struck when police pursued an aggressive no-knock, no-announce SWAT raid on a marijuana user with no history of violence in his record. One deputy was shot when the homeowner picked up a rifle to protect his family from what he thought were home invaders. The officer’s life is over and the homeowner will now face trial that could put him in prison for a long time because of a confrontation that never needed to happen.
CHILLICOTHE, OH — The American Drug War claimed another casualty when a woman was shot in the head while sitting on a couch by an incompetent police officer, who fired his weapon through an exterior wall prior to raiding the home.
LOS ANGELES, CA — A raid team was sent to break into a home after allegedly smelling chemicals outside the building. Instead of the the meth lab they were hoping to find, deputies barged in on a sleeping 80-year-old man with poor vision. The retired engineer was shot to death while still in his bed, as the invaders searched the home hoping to enforce prohibition laws.
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Footage recorded by a NOPD officer during a SWAT raid helped secure a conviction on another officer who shot and killed an unarmed man inside his own home. This rare instance of accountability is marred by the fact that no law or policy changes have been made, assuredly setting up more violent scenarios in the future in the name of drug prohibition.
GREENLAND, NH — A no-knock raid conducted over suspected possession of pills took a turn for the tragic when the homeowner fought back against officers as they battered down his door. Three dead and four injured bodies later — including the chief of police — leaves us wondering whether all the blood spilled in the name of enforcing prohibition laws is worth the cost.
TUCSON, AZ — A multi-million dollar settlement concludes the disturbing case of Jose Guerena, the Iraq veteran who was riddled with bullets in his own home during a faulty SWAT raid. Not only did these paramilitary police perform a haphazard assault on an innocent family’s home, they prevented their victim’s wounds from being treated after they shot him dozens of times. The hefty disbursement of tax dollars to the Guerena family may be warranted, but does nothing to reign in the aggressive department which is responsible for this murder, nor does it ensure the public that these inept Drug Warriors will not kill their family next.