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Two More Killed in US Drug Enforcement Incidents

[Editor's Note: This year, Drug War Chronicle is going to try to track every death directly attributable to drug law enforcement during the year. We can use your help. If you come across a news account of a killing related to drug law enforcement, please send us an email at [email protected].]

Police officers in Houston and Tulsa last week shot and killed two men in separate drug enforcement-related incidents last week. The victims become the 18th and 19th to be killed in US domestic drug law enforcement incidents so far this year.

Not everyone is buying HPD's version of events (Image via Wikimedia)
In Houston, according to a police statement, an off-duty narcotics officer working security at an apartment complex late last Wednesday night when he saw "two men engaging in narcotics activity." The officer, identified as Officer S. Bryant, was wearing clothing that identified him as a police officer. He approached the vehicle, identified himself as a police officer, and ordered the passenger to get out of the car. But the passenger instead began squirming in his seat, and the officer saw he was sitting on and attempting to free a pistol. Bryant repeated his command, but the passenger refused and continued to try to free the gun. "Officer Bryant, in fear for his life, discharged his duty weapon at least one time, fatally striking the suspect," the statement said.

The statement said a loaded weapon and narcotics were recovered from the vehicle. The driver was detained but later released.

Witnesses at the scene told a different story to KPRC Local 2 TV News. "He shot him while he was getting out of the car," said a witness who requested not to be identified. "He put him in handcuffs while he was on the ground. I don't think that's right."

"He was telling him, 'I got my hands up. Don't shoot, don't shoot,'" said another witness who requested not to be identified.

One witness said he did not believe police found a gun and drugs in the car. "If they had drugs and guns, he (the driver) wouldn't be out. They'd have him in custody right now," said a witness.

The dead man was later identified as Kenneth Thomas, 31. The incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

In Tulsa eight hours earlier, a man who ran from officers who tried to stop him at an apartment complex was shot and killed after he allegedly produced a weapon. According to police, Marvin Dion Alexander, 31, was serving a suspended sentence on drug and related charges when he encountered two Tulsa Police officers and a US marshal conducting "a pedestrian check" near the entrance of an apartment complex.

Instead of stopping for the officers, Alexander briefly scuffled with the marshal, then broke and ran. The marshal and one Tulsa Police officer chased him, with one of them yelling that their quarry had a gun. The other Tulsa Police officer came around a corner and also saw a gun, so he fired and shot Alexander.

A gun was found with Alexander, police said.

Alexander had been convicted in 2009 of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, assault with a dangerous weapon, and resisting an officer. He got credit for time served awaiting trial and 12-years with the sentence suspended. He was arrested again in January for failure to appear in court in relation to those charges, and then released.

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We have more drug war deaths here in the USA than in Mexico

We have more drug war deaths here in the USA than in Mexico each year. This is why it is very useful to support the aims of this article by providing the info requested. I can't remember where I saw it. But, I read an article some time ago that showed we were already suffering 30,000 victims of the drug war in the USA before Mexico even started the war on their populus. Only once we have the cold hard facts of how many Americans are being killed by drug prohibition will we be able to shock the American voters out of the false belief that drug use is more harmful than prohibition. Cannabis prohibition is the worst crime of all as it is the federal government's 'Gateway Policy' that leads drug cartels to murder thousands of people over the distribution rights to cannabis, which itself is a non-lethal substance. Cannabis prohibition should be called 'Volstead Act II', or the Federal prohibitionists 'Drug Transference Act' as they had to have some drug to keep them employed after alcohol was re-legalized. The ironic thing is it was Democrat lead US Congresses that created every federal drug prohibition, even overriding a Presidential veto to create the Volstead Act. Now, the Democrats have quietly created a plan to submit cannabis legalization legislation in every state prior to the 2012 elections in order to persuade Independent & Libertarian voters to vote for Democrats. Cannabis will be legalized by voters supporting the very Democrat Party that created drug prohibitions in the first place. The GOP will never know what hit them. Because, they're still sitting on the Democrat created drug prohibition bandwagon thinking this will get them votes, when in reality the exact opposite will happen. The GOP needs to wake up and realize they're refusal to support the end of cannabis prohibition will keep the Democrats in power. Democrats are much better Poker players & used car salesmen than Conservatives. Imagine the GOP being sent to DC to end runaway spending & defending open ended spending on every manner of unwinnable wars. Suckers! Maybe, the Drug War Chronicle's body count article can wake up enough conservatives in time to for the GOP to end it's support for cannabis prohibition prior to the 2012 elections. Better hurry up, though.

The Tree of Liberty

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants, only President Jefferson could not have imagined that domestic tyrants and enemies of Liberty could be so numerous and well-armed, or that the citizens of a democratic republic would be replaced with consumers in an oligopoly; where will the patriots to challenge these tyrants come from?.  The DEA goes largely unscathed, does it not?  Fascist parasites!  The dissolution of the DEA, the repeal of the CSA, and the drastic reform of our criminal codes should be at the top of every patriot's agenda, because the "land of the free" now imprisons more of its own people than any other nation on Earth, and the prison system is growing!  America seems intent on following the Soviet Union's policy of imprisoning so many people that the criminal culture fostered in the Gulag infects all of society.  There aren't so many Bolsheviks left, but Russia has been characterized as a gangster-state.

The tree of liberty must be

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants, only President Jefferson could not have imagined that domestic tyrants and enemies of Liberty could be so numerous and well-armed, or that the citizens of a democratic republic would be replaced with consumers in an oligopoly; where will the patriots to challenge these tyrants come from?.  The DEA goes largely unscathed, does it not?  Fascist parasites!  The dissolution of the DEA, the repeal of the CSA, and the drastic reform of our criminal codes should be at the top of every patriot's agenda, because the "land of the free" now imprisons more of its own people than any other nation on Earth, and the prison system is growing!  America seems intent on following the Soviet Union's policy of imprisoning so many people that the criminal culture fostered in the Gulag infects all of society.  There aren't so many Bolsheviks left, but Russia has been characterized as a gangster-state.

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