Eggs, Omelets, etc.
Here is a police video. It’s a warrant service on a chap who was believed to have an excessive amount of marijuana in his home.
Alas, the house wasn’t chock full of the sweet hemp of happiness. Fortunately, however, the family owned a couple of dogs, so the raid wasn’t a total loss.
Megan McArdle says it very well:
This is our nation’s drug enforcement in a nutshell. We started out by banning the things. And people kept taking them. So we made the punishments more draconian. But people kept selling them. So we pushed the markets deep into black market territory, and got the predictable violence . . . and then we upped our game, turning drug squads into quasi-paramilitary raiders. Somewhere along the way, we got so focused on enforcing the law that we lost sight of the purpose of the law, which is to make life in America better.
I don’t know how anyone can watch that video, and think to themselves, “Yes, this is definitely worth it to rid the world of the scourge of excess pizza consumption and dopey, giggly conversations about cartoons.”
And, frankly, I wouldn’t care if the guy had a room full of China White stacked up to the ceiling like he was Authualpa stockpiling gold for Pizarro. Absent a compelling physical threat from the “dealer”, there’s simply no reason for the police to launch this style of paramilitary raid on a home, especially with children present. Yet, this has become practically the standard method of warrant service. It’ll probably come as a shock to you, but I can remember a time when nightime raids on private homes were considered the hallmark of police states.
Now, it’s just called “policing”.
And if the 7 year-old kid in the video had been clipped by a stray round or richochet, I’m sure the officers involved would regret it, personally. But, they would undoubtedly say, “I was just doing my job,” a phrase that runs a close second only to “I was only following orders” in the Banality of Evil Hall of Fame.
And the idea that their choice of these tactics will eventually make such an outcome inevitable would probably never even occur to them at all.