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Title    Five Startling Numbers Reveal the Militarization of U.S. Drug Policy
Date    Friday July 11 2014, @02:27PM
Author    azrael
Topic   
from the time-to-rethink dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/07/11/0843255

gewg_ writes:

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

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.

Links

  1. "report at Alternet" - http://www.alternet.org/drugs/5-startling-numbers-reveal-militarization-us-drug-policy#main-content
  2. "a harrowing article," - http://www.salon.com/2014/06/24/a_swat_team_blew_a_hole_in_my_2_year_old_son/

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