How US police work these days

Later On

Radley Balko documents another drug war death: a man who came to the door wearing only basketball shorts and was instantly shot in the face by a police officer. It’s a good column, and he concludes by writing:

It seems likely that Cruice [the victim] was dealing pot. The police say they found a ledger book, a scale, about a half-pound of marijuana and some cash. It also seems likely that if the police had simply knocked on the door and waited, or apprehended Cruice as he was coming or going, Cruice would be still be alive. This insistence on serving drug warrants by barreling into homes creates needless violence, confusion and confrontation. They’re designed to do this. I doubt that Cruice knowingly decided to take on a raiding police team armed only with his basketball shorts. It seems far more likely that he thought they were criminal intruders and…

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