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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 11 2014, @03:20PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 11 2014, @03:20PM (#67622)

    Why isn't the department paying for this and those who did the paperwork that was incorrect jailed for wrongful something?

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by CirclesInSand on Friday July 11 2014, @03:35PM

    by CirclesInSand (2899) on Friday July 11 2014, @03:35PM (#67634)

    If someone threw a grenade at my family, I would not accept any money from them. Not for hospital bills, not for an apology, not for anything. And when the culprit is police officers and judges, I wouldn't even care if there was a court trial. Because the outcome of that trial won't be the same as the outcome of a trial where the defendants aren't members of the court/law-enforcement racket.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 11 2014, @03:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 11 2014, @03:54PM (#67654) []

    A film that successfully argued that a man was
    wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt
    justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

    It looks like it will be tough sledding for the
    family with the gravely injured baby to get
    'real justice' from a system stacked in the
    favor of 'Law And Order' and profit via
    asset forfeiture laws and a corrections/penal
    system ultimately run for profit at the highest
    levels for the benefit of the 'moneyed elite'.

    Hopefully, that family will get the help they
    need from other people willing to help them
    because it appears 'the state' isn't willing
    to spend the/any money to fix this terrible