AZ Drug Raid Called Case of Law Enforcement Militarization


Last month, the Pima County Az., sheriff’s office raided the home of former Marine and Iraq combat veteran Jose Guerena while executing a drug search warrant, shooting 71 rounds at Guerena and hitting him with 22. The department is now facing a serious controversy over Guerena's death, writes David Rittgers of the Cato Institute on Says Rittgers: “The raid isn't the real tragedy. It's a symptom of the real tragedy: the militarization of U.S. law enforcement.”

Adds Rittgers, a former special forces officer in Afghanistan, “Targeted killing is legal in a war zone but not on the streets of Anytown, USA. The war on drugs has done incalculable damage to the character of law enforcement by encouraging police officers to forget they are civilians. True, they are civilians charged with enforcing the law and are empowered to use force to do so — but they are civilians nonetheless.”

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