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  •  Drugs are the Context (12+ / 0-)

    Regardess of whether these cops eventually say they "suspected drugs" or something, the Drug War is what has given them license, inspiration and equipment to behave like this.

    When so many police abuses cite made-up "drugs" as some kind of excuse, and practically all of them get let off, any given case of abuse doesn't need even a reference to drugs to be enabled by the Drug War. There's a war on, dontcha know, so no holds are barred - no matter what.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 10:14:40 AM PDT

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    •  It's just one blanket excuse (1+ / 0-)
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      They could cite anything, but this reads like a traffic stop for something else - then, the driver got spooked and started a chase.  If the police wanted to use a "drugs" cover story, I figure that would already be prominent in the early reports to the press.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 01:49:03 PM PDT

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      •  Prominent In Early Reports (0+ / 0-)

        This diary starts out quoting the article to which it linked:

        On November 30, 2012, what began as a routine police drug patrol in Cleveland, Ohio ended in an unauthorized 59-car police chase in which  137 shots were fired and two unarmed individuals were left dead.

        Which part of "drug patrol" doesn't connect this story to drugs?

        Go on pretending this isn't yet another Drug War story turned insanely lethal. That's required for keeping this suicidal Drug War.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 12:39:24 PM PDT

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        •  What kind of a complete jerk do you need to be (0+ / 0-)

          in order to assume that someone cannot accept that the War on Drugs is a Reagan-era money-making machine for private interests, but doesn't infiltrate every altercation to the same degree of depth?  You sanctimonious creep.

          This was police power gone crazy, as evidenced by the insane car chase against all protocols and even orders.  If it wasn't drugs causing them to stop the car in the first place, it would have been a turn signal or similar - that's what happened to one of my siblings, for example.

          Sheesh.

          "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

          by wader on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 05:08:48 PM PDT

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