In February SWAT broke into a home, fired seven rounds at a family’s pit bull and corgi while their seven-year-old looked on. They found a small amount of marijuana, enough for a misdemeanor. The parents were then charged with child endangerment. So smoking pot = “child endangerment.” Storming a home with guns, then firing bullets into the family pets as a child looks on = "necessary police procedures to ensure everyone’s safety." Just so we’re clear.
Now there’s video, which you can watch above. It’s horrifying, but I’d urge you to watch it, and to send it to the drug warriors in your life. This is the blunt-end result of all the war imagery and militaristic rhetoric politicians have been spewing for the last 30 years — cops dressed like soldiers, barreling through the front door in the middle of the night, slaughtering the family pets, filling the house with bullets in the presence of children, then having the audacity to charge the parents with endangering their own kid. There are 100-150 of these raids every day in America, the vast, vast majority like this one, to serve a warrant for a consensual crime.