Police in Missouri raided a family’s home in the middle of the night in February, shooting and killing a dog while traumatizing a 7-year-old child as they ransacked the house searching for “narcotics.”
They found nothing but a marijuana pipe with some resin.
They ended up charging the homeowner with child endangerment.
The Columbia Police Department videotaped the raid, which surprisingly, made its way to the public eye, allowing the world a first-hand view on the War on Drugs.
From what I’ve read, there is no indication that the family was even suspected of selling marijuana. The articles I’ve read say the warrant was only for marijuana, which has been decriminalized in most first-world countries.
The family says the dog, a pit bull, was caged when he was shot. Police say he was “aggressive” and deserved to get shot.
But the video shows that the only aggressiveness that night came from police.
So wouldn’t it have been justifiable to use deadly force against them?
Perhaps, if the Fourth Amendment held any value anymore.
But in an age when police are allowed to raid your home for uploading videos and for blogging about police and for reviewing an iPhone that had already been returned to the company – not to mention a small amount of marijuana for personal use – the Fourth Amendment is not worth the paper it was written on.