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3 Officers Indicted Drug Raid Shooting
Posted by CN Staff on April 26, 2007 at 07:26:53 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Atlanta, GA -- A grand jury indicted three current and former police officers in the shooting death of an elderly Atlanta woman during a drug raid, a judge said Thursday.   Officers with a no-knock warrant had raided the womanís home without warning on Nov. 21 after an informant said he had bought drugs from a dealer there. Kathryn Johnston, 92, died in an exchange of gunfire after the plainclothes officers burst in.
Gregg Junnier and J.R. Smith were charged in the indictment with felony murder, violation of oath by a public officer, criminal solicitation, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and making false statements.   Arthur Tesler is charged with violation of oath by a public officer, making false statements, false imprisonment under color of legal process.   Fulton County prosecutors said earlier this year that they intended to seek murder charges against three officers. The three also are expected to face federal charges.   When officers raided Johnstonís home without announcing their presence, police say she fired a handgun and officers returned fire. An autopsy report revealed Johnston was shot five or six times in the chest, arms, legs and feet.   Narcotics officers said an informant had claimed there was cocaine in the home, but none was found.   The case raised serious questions about no-knock warrants and whether officers followed the proper procedures.   Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington asked the FBI to lead a multi-agency probe into the shootout. He also announced policy changes to require the department to drug-test its nearly 1,800 officers and mandate that top supervisors sign off on narcotics operations and no-knock warrants.   To get the warrant, officers told a magistrate judge that an undercover informant had told them Johnstonís home had surveillance cameras monitored carefully by a drug dealer named "Sam."   After the shooting, a man claiming to be the informant told a television station that he never purchased drugs there, prompting Pennington to admit he was uncertain whether the suspected drug dealer actually existed.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Published:  Thursday, April 26, 2007Copyright: 2007 Associated Press Related Articles: Anger Spills Over in Atlanta at Killing of Womanhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread22413.shtmlAtlanta Police To Review 'No-Knock' Policyhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread22407.shtml 
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Comment #47 posted by FoM on May 02, 2007 at 14:51:06 PT
Related Article from The AJC
Futile Drug War Ignores Target: Safetyhttp://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/tucker/stories/2007/05/01/0502edtuck.html
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Comment #46 posted by whig on April 27, 2007 at 15:02:22 PT
museman
If I didn't like the phrase I wouldn't have named my party that way.
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Comment #45 posted by whig on April 27, 2007 at 15:01:21 PT
museman
Richardson has made a stand on medical marijuana at least. More than that, he's even passed legislation to make it legal in New Mexico.
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Comment #44 posted by museman on April 27, 2007 at 15:00:02 PT
whig
Yup, that's the phrase - I didn't mean to imply she 'invented' it, just that it's her 'favorite' -she uses it as a postscript on her emails.It's an appropro phrase though don't you think?
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Comment #43 posted by FoM on April 27, 2007 at 14:56:45 PT
museman
I look at issues in this very broad sense. I don't know if I can explain it but I'll try. I like Dennis Kucinich. I sure don't like guns but he wants to ban guns or something like that. That isn't fair to those who like guns. Gravel is 77 years old and he should always say how he sees it because years can give a person a great deal of wisdom. Obama allows many negative comments on his blog. If he reads the blog and I think he does he will hear the criticism and if he is as good as many think he is he will learn or he will fall. No one can handle lack of sincerity now.
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Comment #42 posted by whig on April 27, 2007 at 14:54:50 PT
museman
http://fractalblue.net/25topia_251100/25topia_251100_1.html
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Comment #41 posted by museman on April 27, 2007 at 14:44:11 PT
FoM
I suppose that I might be persuaded, if left between a choice of Obama and whoever the r's come up with, to give him some benefit of a doubt, but if the passion and clear common understanding that was apparent in Kucinich, and Gravel's words and demeanor, and most especially their perspective on the issues isn't somehow passed on then we could get a good, efficient manager of our nation in Obama -which under current conditions wouldn't necessarily be a 'bad' thing, but some very important issues of personal liberty, and fundamental equality are not being discussed except by those 'left' candidates.Kucinich is the only one (that I know of) who has actually made a stand on cannabis prohibition. His solution is real and of common understanding with the rest of us. He held up a copy of the constitution that was in his pocket.
I just don't see Obama giving this any priority if he is elected, less even than the glib lip service of Clinton's "I didn't inhale."Kucinich and Gravel put the nail on the head with 'wars are not solution.' So what the hell is so wrong with promoting peace and prosperity without force of arms? -Which is kind of absurd if you look at it with actual logic.Here's a favorite quote from one of my daughter's;"Fighting for peace is like f__ing for virginity."but that is the mindset of the conqueror, imposition of the way of the powerful few upon the powerless many.Our government is as Roman as ever there was a Rome. It is a Republic founded on Greco-Roman standards, and ideologies that have remained unchanged since antiquity. The time has come for a truly Democratic form of government, but alas one cannot change what has literally become edified in stone, all that remains is to disgard the rigid stone and try to rebuild from more flexible materials.
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Comment #40 posted by whig on April 27, 2007 at 14:33:15 PT
museman
"Not going to nuke anyone right now" is what Obama said. I can't support him at all under those terms.
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Comment #39 posted by FoM on April 27, 2007 at 14:12:56 PT
museman 
Thank you for sharing your opinion. I am more of a moderate but I lean to the left. I am not extreme but I try to be easy going and understand both extremes in the Party. I'm not a Democrat but this is the Party that interests me because it is closer to my personal value structure. Obama didn't answer the questions very well. He showed his inexperience. To be good you can't climb to the top without errors and misses or how would anyone learn humility? We have had an arrogant president and I don't ever want to have one again. He will learn or he won't win.
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Comment #38 posted by museman on April 27, 2007 at 13:45:08 PT
the debate
If I were to vote on that here's my 'marks.'I think that for honesty amd truth, Kucinich and Gravel were a close first.The most real. I liked Kucinich for saying that he would be a 'healer' and he used the word compassion as if it wouldn't hurt to have some. Gravel was just too passionate and old appearing, though I agreed also passionately with every thing he said.Richardson came in next with similar ideology, I didn't like the way they kept cutting him off, and giving Hillary all the time she wanted -there's something a bit stinky there.Edwards barely makes it into the acceptable collumn. I liked his story about his experience with poverty, and I mostly believe him, but there is an aspect of pretense or 'falseness' that makes me a bit uneasy about him.Biden looks just like a republican to me. His 'Yes' answer was clever, but not endearing. Not voting for him.Obama appears quite efficient, he seems real confident of himself, but lacking in the very elements that Kucinich and Gravel grabbed me with. Based on what I saw, I would not vote for him.Hillary wasn't going to get my vote no matter what. She pretty much revitalized that conviction.Dodd had some good answers, but he is too much of a professional politician, like Hillary and Biden, for me.My top three;
 Kucinich, Gravel, and Richardson. Edwards last. Obama, Hillary, Dodd, and Biden - Please, no. Unfortunately if I were to predict the actual choice of America, knowing the values that the 'majority' believe in, I expect it will be between Obama and Hillary, in which case I will abstain from voting in the next election.
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Comment #37 posted by museman on April 27, 2007 at 13:19:43 PT
whig
I agree that in every walk of life there are good people, as well as not. However as it stands today, corruption rules, and it resides mainly within those ranks that are referred to and created as a seperate and elite social economic group called (among other things) 'professionals.'There should be no seperation, and the very essence of that seperation is cause for much needless angst and suffering in the world. Our constitution states that "All men are created equal." The scriptures state that we are "all equal in the esteem of God."The imbalance of wealth and resource that exists in the world is directly proportunate to the measure of power and belief that is given to such ideological creations as 'class' and 'profession.' The two have become synonymous.While 'professional' used to mean 'skilled,' it now means no such thing, but is a nomenclature of class distinction and seperation.Other than a rare and occasional exception, this appears to be the rule, at least from my own experience, and many others I have known and conversed with.
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Comment #36 posted by whig on April 27, 2007 at 12:10:00 PT
museman
My grandfather was a doctor, trained as a surgeon and served as an Army medic in WWII. He went behind enemy lines to rescue people from a downed plane, and was awarded a medal. When he came back to this country, he was not admitted to the hospital as a surgeon, because he was Jewish.He became a pediatrician, and in addition to caring for his patients in his office, he made house calls including to people who were unable to pay.There are good doctors. There are good lawyers. There are good politicians. There are good members of every profession.
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on April 27, 2007 at 11:31:47 PT
whig
Here is the debate if you want to watch it.http://tinyurl.com/yo999o
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Comment #34 posted by museman on April 27, 2007 at 11:24:52 PT
whig
Firefighters, and EMT rescue units have my utmost respect. Not every cop is a criminal, just most of 'em.The proof is staggering.
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Comment #33 posted by museman on April 27, 2007 at 11:22:10 PT
#21
Values, motivation, and the status quo.Modern 'science' is composed of human beings who participated in institutions that recognize the values of propriety and wealth above all else. Without funding, a research scientist works at McDonalds. Who gives the funding? People who need truth in medicine? Not on your life. Money only has need of itself, and those who prioritize accordingly, produce commodity and invention, but hardly any real innovation, or trustworthy results.The corporations have every political contingency in their pocket, and their ony concern for 'health and safety' is if it's going to hurt the bottom line of profit.'Professionals' in this day and age can be certified easily without them actually having the skills or talents, all it takes is money. I would trust an herbalist any day over a 'scientist' or a 'doctor.' And I would trust my own intuitive grasp of my own body, before I let anyone else- particularly a doctor- draw their drug dealing conclusions about what I should or shouldn't do.There is way too much credibility being given to ordinary humans with extraordinary monetary resource, and status quo 'recognition.' You want wisdom? Ask someone who has lived it, not someone who learned to memorize information from a book. You are more likely to get true information from a random selection of people on the street, than a 'specialized' (biased) 'researched' conclusion from 'professionals.'Information and experience are two completely different situations, though with experience the information either becomes validated, or debunked. 
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Comment #32 posted by FoM on April 27, 2007 at 11:12:26 PT
Whig
Yes they are united and it did my heart good to see it. Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich were the most to the left while everyone else stayed more non inflammatory. Chris Matthews asked Mike Gravel after the debate where has he been for the last 30 years and Gravel said just living under a rock. It was so funny.Mike Gravel said something like this.He said Barack who ya gonna nuke Barack who are you gonna nuke?Senator Obama said: Mike I'm not planning on nuking anyone right now and he was smiling when he said it. It was very entertaining.
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Comment #31 posted by whig on April 27, 2007 at 11:00:37 PT
One thing
Every time I make tea by heating water in the microwave...That microwave used to belong to my friend.
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Comment #30 posted by whig on April 27, 2007 at 10:57:44 PT
FoM
I don't get MSNBC so I haven't seen more than a few clips of the debate so far. I'm sure the whole thing will be posted soon.The Democratic party is united in this country now.
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Comment #29 posted by whig on April 27, 2007 at 10:56:29 PT
museman
A friend of mine, whose family has been friends of my family for generations, and who was one of the best, most decent people I ever knew, was a police officer, a volunteer fire fighter, and he may as well have been an EMT.He wound up working police duty at an amusement park. They didn't bring him into the darker parts of the force, I gather, because he wasn't corrupted.Somehow, while he was working on his car one day, according to police he ...forgot to set the brake, and it backed into him, crushing him.The fire fighters had a parade for him.
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on April 27, 2007 at 10:53:46 PT
Mike Gravel
I found the whole debate entertaining. It's was like a house party type event. No one was really mean to anyone. They all made good points and I loved Bidens Yes answer. 
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on April 27, 2007 at 10:47:18 PT
museman
Thank you. My sister was a police woman for many years but it was a job that just came a long and she didn't do anything to seek it out. My sister is a law and order type person but with a lot of understanding. 
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Comment #26 posted by museman on April 27, 2007 at 10:38:29 PT
FoM#8
I have two brothers (one presumed dead) who both wanted to be cops. The one was trained as a military policeman in the Air Force. They both were obsessed with the idea of becoming cops. I went out of my way to get them THC'd. And that ultimately kept them out of the force, but their motivations?I asked the one once, "Why do you want to be a cop?"His answer, "Because I get to drive a fast car, carry a gun, get free drugs and sex." Simple, straitforward, and probably basicly true about most of 'em. They want to have power over people. That one brother went on to becoming a burglar, a civilian narc, and eventually (presumedly) died in a meth lab explosion.Though there are some rare individuals who join with the idea in mind 'to make a better world' (I met one once in an unemployment line) most of them are actually just potential petty criminals whose tendencies towards thievery, rape, and other violent activities become sanctioned and legalized by the system. Cops are mostly the scum of the earth.
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Comment #25 posted by whig on April 27, 2007 at 10:23:19 PT
Mike Gravel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Gravelhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gMlHv2lDqA
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Comment #24 posted by Max Flowers on April 27, 2007 at 09:59:56 PT
OverwhelmSam
Regarding your second paragraph just below: that is fantastic. I love hearing that. Thank you. 
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Comment #23 posted by OverwhelmSam on April 27, 2007 at 06:53:27 PT
Good!
We need to send more rotten cops to jail. Let their spouses and children feel our pain. Maybe Society will sake up and leave pot heads alone, because we have teeth and we'll use them in any passive aggressive way we see fit. I have authority over people in my profession and I never cut prohibitionists a break. If someone believes I should be in jail for private marijuana consumption, I can't help them.
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Comment #22 posted by Hope on April 26, 2007 at 15:46:47 PT
Actually,
Tyrone Brown's probation...for an amazingly apologetic (even at the time), albeit, armed robbery of just over two dollars...was revoked because of a positive for cannabis use urinalysis.Of course, he needed to be brought to some form of justice for the real crime, armed robbery...but he was given a life sentence for the failed urine test.I need to find some newer information on it. I believe Tyrone Brown is out of jail now.
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Comment #21 posted by boballen131313 on April 26, 2007 at 15:31:52 PT:
HAVE ALL THE SCIENTISTS DIED?
When mankind needs real answers why can't we utilize the folks responsible for delivering the hard cold truth? our elite scientists and doctors seem to have been swept away and we are told that they hold no answers to our questions and survival because the "real" answers are found within insane politically driven bullshOOt. PLEASE!FREE SCIENCE AGAIN! Let's put the job of answers back into the hands of the dedicated truth seekers. Keep the liars out of the kitchen. We must DEMAND the truth if the planet is to survive. 
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Comment #20 posted by whig on April 26, 2007 at 15:23:42 PT
To make it clear
That isn't Tyrone, it's the murderer who got probation.
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Comment #19 posted by whig on April 26, 2007 at 15:23:20 PT
Hope
"He was arrested for cocaine possession in Waco while driving a congressman's car, but prosecutors there didn't press charges."Detail, please?
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on April 26, 2007 at 13:28:33 PT
comment 16 Freewilks
That would be Tyrone Brown.http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/042306dnmettwomen.2e5ca5a.html
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Comment #17 posted by Storm Crow on April 26, 2007 at 13:16:20 PT
"2 plead guilty in police drug raid death"
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070426/ap_on_re_us/elderly_shooting;_ylt=AsG0fgX1EHgeOi7jAfneUS_MWM0F"Two police officers pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter in the shooting death of a 92-year-old woman during a botched drug raid last fall. A third officer still faces charges in the woman's death."
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Comment #16 posted by freewillks on April 26, 2007 at 11:25:46 PT
Who was the kid?
Who was the Kid you just got out for a dirty UA? did he not serve almost 20 year?
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Comment #15 posted by freewillks on April 26, 2007 at 11:20:24 PT
this is sick.
folks go to jail longer for cannabis, but you can lie to a court of law and murder someone and only get a max of 10 years? where is the justice. "Hours after the release of an indictment that charged him with three felony murder counts, recently retired Atlanta police officer Greg Junnier, 40, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other state charges in the death of a 92-year-old woman last November. He is expected to make guilty pleas to federal charges later in the day and faced a combined federal and state sentence of 10 years in prison."
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on April 26, 2007 at 11:16:22 PT
Right, Dongenero.
Some really bad laws and some really bad leaders behind them.They're like rampaging elephants frightened by a mouse. They'll stomp to a bloody pulp a thousand "children" to get away from that mouse. I wish we could stop them, before anyone else is trampled. Souder, especially, but all of them, remind me of wild, angry, screaming, trumpeting, rampaging elephants.If we could stop them before another name is added to this list,
 http://blogs.salon.com/0002762/stories/2003/08/17/drugWarVictims.html
, wouldn't that be wonderful?
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Comment #13 posted by dongenero on April 26, 2007 at 10:36:38 PT
there are some really bad laws
Well cannabis prohibition....no doubt.But I refer to these no knock raids. What do they expect to happen? People are allowed to defend the security of their home with registered weapons. What will such a person do when a gang of thugs comes busting through their door? Another bad law is the much abused forfeiture laws. These simply allow our government to rob citizens of their assets, for possessing a few plants. This is state sponsored robbery...flat out. It is also unconstitutional, as an obviously excessive penalty.People must speak up about these miscarriages of justice and removal of our constitutional rights before it is so far gone that no one remembers what freedom looks like.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on April 26, 2007 at 10:20:30 PT
Hope
What is shows me is when a human being is given too much power over another human being the worst can come out. When a person feels they should be respected and some common person gives them a hard time it causes frustration and maybe even anger. It must build over time and somewhere along the way the person becomes hardened and loses sensitivity to those in a compromised position.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on April 26, 2007 at 10:16:19 PT
I wouldn't be surprised
if when they saw what they had done, they had wished for some cocaine to put in her pocket if she had one. That's likely, I believe, what they would have done had their victim been that large man instead of an elderly little old lady.Not all people, but some, who want to work in law enforcement I'm sure, want to be police "heroes". Trouble is, these tactics turn them from "heroes" to "thugs" in an instant.
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Comment #10 posted by goneposthole on April 26, 2007 at 10:16:04 PT
Indict John P. Walters
Also, Bill Bennett, all of those wild-eyed, crazed prohibitionists like Calvina Faye and the Semblers and on and on and on.They are really at fault.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on April 26, 2007 at 10:09:08 PT
Westnyc  .... comment 5.
Right on!
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on April 26, 2007 at 10:08:48 PT
A Question
When I was young I thought about what I wanted to do in my life when I became an adult. What I want to know is what personality traits make a young person decide they wanted to police other people for a living? Why would it be a desirable profession compared to say wanting to be a Doctor or work in Social Services or any number of jobs?
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 26, 2007 at 10:06:54 PT
Drug crazy killers.
These "fine, upstanding officers of the law"...killed a little old lady over cocaine they wanted."Drug addicts" of the worst sort is what they are.They are addicted to finding those drugs and will run over and through anyone to get to them....big time.What a stupid idea...this "War" on America citizens.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 26, 2007 at 10:02:48 PT
Those cops
surely feel betrayed. They've been doing what they do and getting away with it ever since it started. What? Them wrong? Can't be. They SUPPOSED to be able to kill innocent people and get away with it. They've been doing it for ages and they still do it. This should sink their "No knock" boat...but it probably won't. Money! What about all the money they and their prison and grant buddies get? Stop it? I doubt it.These guys need punishment...they're home invaders and murderers, but the machine that powered them as got to be stopped as well. Will this do it? I wish...but I doubt it.This was a beloved grandmother. You saw her birthday picture. People don't celebrate like that with a granny they don't love.Yet...no matter who it was...if it was a six foot seven, thirty five year old, three hundred pound man...it would still be wrong.An American citizen? A sweet little old lady? Yeah...so what? The cops want to do this stuff and they will continue to fight to get to be able to do it. The excitement, adrenaline, and thrill of no knock raids....they don't want to be deprived of that.These three cops may go to prison, as they should...but the machine that produced them is still grinding along.
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Comment #5 posted by westnyc on April 26, 2007 at 09:43:08 PT
I blame the outrageous laws!
Personally, I blame the ridiculous laws more than the officers. The informant procedures are as outrageous as the no-knock laws. Really, the most dangerous conflict with marijuana prohibition is the amount of absolutely innocent people who are killed each year (including police officers) than by the drug itself. Also, I believe that they are going to scapegoat the officers instead of placing the blame on those that create these dangerous and destructive laws, including the U.S. Supreme Court! Therefore, in the end, these officers will spend the rest of their lives in prison.....an innocent grandmother remains dead.....and, innocent people continue to live with home invasions; while, corrupt officials and judges pat themselves on the back; keep the status quo; and, continue to be held unaccountable.
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Comment #4 posted by freewillks on April 26, 2007 at 09:43:04 PT
Plea!
Bet they plea to probation! or to an offense that will keep them out of jail.
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Comment #3 posted by logic on April 26, 2007 at 08:59:49 PT:
hope we don't forget...
as this case receives more media attention and we debate all sides of the informants, no-knock warrants and who gave what order on what information... i hope we don't forget that a 92 year old woman lost her life. All of her family lost (most likely) a very good woman. 
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Comment #2 posted by Max Flowers on April 26, 2007 at 08:38:49 PT
I believe the C.I.
...not the dirty cops. The story makes sense if you believe the informant, and falls apart if you try to believe the cops.This Alex White guy better watch himself, in fact I'm surprised he's still alive. Probably only because he got the feds involved.Let this be a lesson, all you narcs. The game is not worth it anymore.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 26, 2007 at 07:45:02 PT
AJC: Key Events in Kathryn Johnston Case
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2007/04/26/0426keyevents.html
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