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Columbia Mo SWAT Raid 2/11/2010. Cops Shoot Pets With Children Present

1:07 pm - 05/06/2010

Couple of notes via theagitator.com : This town reduced possession of marijuana to a fine many years ago.
SWAT team breaks into home, fires seven rounds at family's pit bull and corgi (?!) as a seven-year-old looks on. They found a "small amount" of marijuana, enough for a misdemeanor charge. 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.

edit2: there are over 100 swat raids a day in America. This is the SOP.

Article under the cut

A man arrested on suspicion of drug charges and child endangerment said he is concerned with the actions of police who shot two dogs they described as “aggressive” while serving a drug-related search warrant at his home earlier this month in southwest Columbia.

Police arrested Jonathan E. Whitworth, 25, of 1501 Kinloch Court on Feb. 11 on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and second-degree child endangerment.

A police SWAT team entered Whitworth’s residence around 8:30 p.m. suspecting a large amount of marijuana at the location, police spokeswoman Officer Jessie Haden said. SWAT members encountered a pit bull upon entry, held back and then fatally shot the dog, which officers said was acting in an uncontrollably aggressive manner.

Whitworth was arrested, and his wife and 7-year-old son were present during the SWAT raid, Haden said. A second dog, which Whitworth’s attorney Jeff Hilbrenner described as a corgi, also was shot but was not killed.

“The family is concerned with what happened,” Hilbrenner said. “We don’t feel like what happened in the home was appropriate. The priority right now for us is the misdemeanor charges.”

Police discovered a grinder, a pipe and a small amount of marijuana, Haden said. Because the SWAT team acts on the most updated information available, the team wanted to enter the house before marijuana believed to be at the location could be distributed, she said.

“If you let too much time go by, then the drugs are not there,” she said.

Drug distributors traditionally have a history with firearms, which is why the SWAT team is used when executing such warrants, Haden said. If the SWAT team believed they could have executed the warrant successfully during the daytime when the wife and child were not present, they would have, she said.

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bludstone 6th-May-2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Mods, can we get "police brutality" and "war on drugs" tags for this? I wanted to use those but they, kinda surprising, arnt on the list.
yunghustlaz 6th-May-2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
I'mma second for those tags, we have a lot of posts that in regards to either of those topics.
yunghustlaz 6th-May-2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Why in god's name would you shoot a Corgi they're the least threatening little things ever.

Also, really, a house with pot is child endangerment? If you wanna talk about broken households, stop storming those of people with marijuana and start doing some real dang advocacy for alcoholic homes and meth. You know, actual hard drugs.
bludstone 6th-May-2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Because cops like shooting dogs. I can give plenty more examples of it.
ascendings 6th-May-2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
not fucking watching this shit. going to hug my dog now.
scribblingfemme 6th-May-2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Wow. I don't even know what to say. I feel so sorry for the poor little boy having to see his two pets die and his dad treated like that. Just over that small amount of marijuana.
froda_baggins 6th-May-2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oh my god.

brb gonna give my dogs big hugs and have a good cry.
simply_blah How the hell could you shoot this?6th-May-2010 05:23 pm (UTC)

I can't comment about the pit bulls but a small dog the size of a Corgi? Really? Why did this take an entire SWAT team?

Does anyone else remember, this was a few years ago, all of those incidents of cops shooting family pets?
bludstone Re: How the hell could you shoot this?6th-May-2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Be happy i didnt post the story about how they killed a dachshund because it was barking at a cop (From a fenced in yard)

Now realize that these kinds of things happen about 100 times a day in america.
arsenicookie 6th-May-2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
that poor little boy is going to fear/hate the cops forever.
firstillusion 6th-May-2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to watch it. It's bad enough imagining it. Whatever his parents did, I feel sorry for the little boy. He had no blame in any of this and was threatened by men with guns who shot his pets. No child deserves that, regardless of your parents' actions.

Edited at 2010-05-06 05:29 pm (UTC)
kinetichearts 6th-May-2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Hugging my dog right now. D:
kinetichearts 6th-May-2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
And that poor little boy. :(
bludstone 6th-May-2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
you dont actually see the dogs get shot.

but, believe me, the sounds are more then enough.
simply_blah 6th-May-2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Why did I watch that video? It takes that many shots to take down two dogs? Jesus Christ.
bludstone 6th-May-2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
No. But it takes that many shots to stop a whining dog from "annoying" the cops.
xforge 6th-May-2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Adding "you shot a Corgi your ass is forfeit" to the chorus
snapesgirl34 6th-May-2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
They killed the corgi? *bursts into tears* Corgi, noooooooooo!!!

I can't watch this video
bludstone 6th-May-2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
look its ein.
lemonsherry 6th-May-2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
a SWAT team for a little weed? wtf is going on in the world.
bludstone 6th-May-2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
this is normal.
excusemesenator 6th-May-2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
That was heartbreaking and infuriating.

This war on drugs bullshit needs to end NOW.
bwhahahabeck 6th-May-2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
I would break them with my thighs if they ever shot my dog.
celtic_thistle 6th-May-2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
seagullsong 6th-May-2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Dude, the really scary part is that this isn't unusual at all. The Agitator links to "puppycide" stories like every other week. Have some links.



bludstone 6th-May-2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Balko is one of my favorite bloggers ever. He does great things.
sunshinedan 6th-May-2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
This abuse is fucking ridiculous.
Police SHOULD be more accountable for their actions.
schmanda 6th-May-2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a pit bull is supposed to know not to act "uncontrollably agressive(ly)" in response to strangers invading its home and threatening its pack.

Also, this War on (Some) Drugs is bullshit, says Captain Obvious.
bludstone 6th-May-2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
replace "pit bull" with "Any animal at all, anywhere"
xcountrycide 6th-May-2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
1: Why the hell is a SWAT team needed because somebody is in possession of marijuana?

2: If you storm into somebody's house, then even the most friendliest of dogs can flip their shit. This is common sense.

3: I love how the Corgi was shot but not killed, but let's just kill the pit bull because obviously all pit bulls are man eating monsters. JFC.
mcpreacher 6th-May-2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
because the stoners are probably playing a first person shooter and it's totally worth the confused look on their faces? idk
paulnolan 6th-May-2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
I would say "WTF", but yeah... completely unsurprised.


Would it be bad form to hope the pigs responsible get shot themselves? Should I care if it's bad form?
bludstone 6th-May-2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
it is bad form, no you shouldnt care.
blinkidybah 6th-May-2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Jesus Christ that's my hometown.

I didn't know we even HAD a swat team. God. And way to go, cops, all over a misdemenor sized amount of pot. Could have gone out into the county and maybe dealt with some of the raging meth problems that area has.

bludstone 6th-May-2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Didnt you guys make misdemeanor possession of pot just a fine too? its not even an arrestable offense.
zombieroadtrip 6th-May-2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
the sounds the dogs made are so, so disturbing
zombieroadtrip 6th-May-2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Also the video description says the pit bull was crated, so they shot the dog fatally while he was in a cage. Wow.
skywaterblue 6th-May-2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
This video is fucking awful, but not surprising. Marajuana is ~dangerous~ and a guy with a vehicular DUI on his record? Well, he's OBVIOUSLY a hardened crim. The best part is that the guy is all 'I'm not telling you shit, I need a lawyer.' Good on him.

Though sad when he breaks down when he sees his dead dog. :( Poor bastard, you can't blame him for loosing his Miranda resolve about that.

I hope this kid gets some therapy, even if it's just a school therapist.
terribilita 6th-May-2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
I was pretty upset after hearing the dog's cries, but what really set the waterworks off was the guy pleading for the dogs to be left alone and then realizing one was dead.

I'm hugging my big boy right now, holy shit.
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