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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, @09:40PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 11 2014, @09:40PM (#67854)

    In the same way that the banksters who are known to be complicit in the illicit drug trade should be jailed--same as the traffickers (if we're going to continue with this stupid failed War on Drugs), jailing the people who HIRE undocumented laborers would stem the "illegal immigrant" problem.
    I don't see that happening either, however.

    metamonkey is really on a roll in this thread: []
    the purpose of the US government[]to funnel wealth from the middle class to the upper class.
    ...though he missed a minor point: the rich get their money from *everyone* (even the poorest); ever hear of bank fees[1] or payday loans?

    [1] Ah, for the days of proper banking regulation, when banks PAID YOU for the use of your money and crooked bankers went to prison.

    -- gewg_