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December 16, 2004

Back Home in Indiana

Police officers in Frankfort, Indiana, got into a firefight with a drug suspect early Thursday (12/16/04) after arriving at his home with a search warrant. They found 30 grams of marijuana. Shannon Hollars, aged 42, was shot and hospitalized for surgery. The police officers were shot at by Hollars but not hit.

Fortunately, no one else was hit either. But someone could have been killed -- police, suspect, bystander -- and that person would have been a victim of drug prohibition. Prohibition creates violence; shootouts between suspects and police are just one of the many ways. Hollars might be a bad guy; he certainly was quick to fire a gun at people. But that doesn't help anyone who has gotten shot as a result of the conflict between police and dealers of a substance that is banned but popular. Another reason to legalize drugs.

Suggest to the Indianapolis Star
that they talk about this -- perhaps by quoting representatives of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition in their next drug article.

- Dave Borden, DRCNet

Posted by dborden725 at December 16, 2004 11:19 AM

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