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posted by azrael on Friday July 11 2014, @02:27PM   Printer-friendly
from the time-to-rethink dept.

A report at Alternet gives some context to the amount spent by the U.S. on its drug policy.

  • 1,100 - The number of Americans that die each year due to violent crime caused by the drug war
  • $51 billion - The amount that the U.S. government spends each year on the war on drugs
  • 61 percent - The percentage of individuals targeted by drug-related SWAT raids who are people of color
  • 82 percent - The number of Americans who believe that the government is losing the War on Drugs
  • 18 months - The age of Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh, a recent American casualty of the drug war

The article goes into further details on the number, including:

On May 28, a team of police officers raided the Phonesavanh's home, with the mistaken belief that the residents were involved with drugs. As they entered, they tossed a flashbang grenade that landed directly in the crib of baby Bou Bou, which exploded within point-blank range - critically injuring him.

In a harrowing article, his mother, Alecia, described seeing "a singed crib" and "a pool of blood", and later being informed by medics: "There's still a hole in his chest that exposes his ribs". Alecia said that the sole silver lining to this story is that it may "make us angry enough that we stop accepting brutal SWAT raids as a normal way to fight the war on drugs".

Fortunately, Bou Bou has been making a gradual recovery, but his family is relying on donations to support their living and medical costs.

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Snow on Friday July 11 2014, @03:17PM

    by Snow (1601) on Friday July 11 2014, @03:17PM (#67618) Journal

    Furthermore, it's despicable that the family is forced to rely on donations after the state barged in and ruined their lives. The police should be charged with terrorism.

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  • (Score: 2) by The Archon V2.0 on Friday July 11 2014, @04:49PM

    by The Archon V2.0 (3887) on Friday July 11 2014, @04:49PM (#67691)

    Didn't you hear? "Terrorist" is the new team name for the "them" in "us vs. them". You can't be a terrorist working for the government, any more than you can be a square circle. You can, however, be a terrorist without actually engaging in activities to terrorize people. You just need to be wearing the other team's jersey.

    • (Score: 1) by NickM on Friday July 11 2014, @06:32PM

      by NickM (2867) on Friday July 11 2014, @06:32PM (#67758) Journal
      Wait, there is a way you can be a square circle!!!! But you must be ready to abandon Euclidean geometry and project yourself unto the correct Riemannian space:P
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      I a master of typographic, grammatical and miscellaneous errors !
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 12 2014, @04:28AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 12 2014, @04:28AM (#67976)

      You just need to be wearing the other team's jersey.

      And, sadly, team jerseys are determined by skin color.

  • (Score: 2) by Alfred on Friday July 11 2014, @05:33PM

    by Alfred (4006) on Friday July 11 2014, @05:33PM (#67719) Journal

    It is a wonder that there aren't more Keyser Soze types out there.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyser_Soze [wikipedia.org]
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114814/ [imdb.com]