|Serve and protect? Really?|
A Minnesota SWAT team on a brainwashed mission to rid the world of yet another non-violent drug user has tipped the scales of injustice and inhumanity by brutally killing a family’s pets while executing a no-knock search warrant on their St. Paul residence.
The twisted, domestic infantry marched up to the home belonging to Larry Lee Arman and his girlfriend Camille Perry early Wednesday morning and used brute force to bust down the front door while the family slept inside. “I was laying right here, and I really thought I was being murdered,” Larry Lee Arman told KMSP Fox 9. “I don’t want to say by who. I thought it was like, the government.”
The blitzkrieg raucous scared the living hell out of Arman, who says he was immediately throttled facedown on the living room floor while an wicked shitstorm reigned down inside his home. And then there were gun shots.
“The first thing I heard was ‘boom,'” said Arman, describing the incident to reporters. “Bop, bop, bop, bop, bop. Right in front of us.”
That is when Arman looked up in just enough time to watch one of his two pit bulls fall to the floor and die right before his eyes – yes, both animals had been shot. The blood from the dogs – named Mello and Laylo — spilled all over the living room carpet while soldiers of the drug war stepped over their lifeless carcasses to search the residence for dope.
“One was running for her life, and they murdered her right here,” said Arman.
In the meantime, Arman’s girlfriend, who was using the bathroom at the time she heard the raid going down in her living room, says her first instinct was to get to her children’s room and shield them from the unfriendly fire because the bed they were sleeping on put them at risk of being shot. The kids were just sleeping on a mattress on the floor, Perry told Fox 9. “The only thing I was thinking was my kids were going to get hit by bullets.”
By the end of the raid, police had only managed to find a few shakes of marijuana and a glass bong lying around the house. Arman was not the drug slinging kingpin drug agents had hoped to take down, but merely an average citizen who enjoys catching a buzz. “Yeah, I smoke marijuana,” said Arman. “I do,” questioning why a SWAT team would waste time ransacking the home of a recreational cannabis user.
The two pit bulls are just the unfortunate casualties of war, according to a representative for the St. Paul Police Department, who explains that officers made the decision to use deadly force against the animals because they charged at them. Police have the authority to murder anything or anyone they consider a potential threat during a drug raid, the representative continued. The officers in this particular case believed the home was occupied by dangerous, pistol totting thugs instead of a sleeping family.
Neighbors who were outside at the time police dragged the dead pit bulls out of the home said they are disgusted by what the officers did to the dogs. “All of a sudden, we see the dogs thrown out like pieces of meat, like they were nothing,” said Shawn Miller. “We teared up because they are like family to us. Those dogs are real good dogs.”
The latest research from the ACLU finds there are approximately 124 violent SWAT raids, just like this one, that take place everyday here in the United States. The armed soldiers fighting these brutal efforts — stormtroopers against stoners — are not protecting the communities they claim to serve, but rather snuffing out innocent citizens one measly joint at a time.
So far, there have been 25 people killed as the result of tactics to fight the War on Drugs in 2014, according to StoptheDrugWar.org.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in High Times, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.