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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Series on drug war and police reform

The series is at the Huffington Post. Here's a part of the most recent installment about a proposal in Utah:

The policy he's pushing is relatively straightforward. Currently, police in Utah may forcibly enter any home, at any time, so long as they've obtained a search warrant. Under Boyack's proposal, officers would be permitted to break into a home only when there is an imminent threat of a violent crime.

The police would no longer be permitted to use battering rams or "dynamic entry" -- the term used to describe forcible entry, the use of flash grenades, and other paramilitary tactics -- to serve drug warrants. In Utah and across the country, drug investigations comprise the overwhelming majority of instances in which such tactics are used.

Last August, the Standard-Examiner ran an editorial in support of Boyack's cause. "Certainly, the use of a battering rams to combat minor offenses is something that should not occur," the paper wrote. "These raids, as conducted now, are too dangerous."

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Why would anyone guilty of a drug offense open the door before they destroyed the evidence? Would it not be better to legalize drugs and get it over with?

Let people do what they want .. use heroin, PC an whatever. Just don't expect me to feel sorry for yo, pay for your rehab, or give you a dime when you are sleeping in the gutter.

Posted by: Alan Johnson | Oct 28, 2013 10:44:12 AM

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