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Orlando SWAT Team Kills Armed Man in Drug Raid

Submitted by Phillip Smith on
Consequences of Prohibition

Members of an Orlando, Florida SWAT team serving a drug search warrant shot and killed an armed man this morning. The man, who is as yet unnamed, becomes the 31st person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, citing police sources, the SWAT team hit an apartment on Orange Blossom Trail about 8:00am. At least two members of the SWAT team opened fire on the man as he pointed his weapon at them, according to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

"In these situations, they have to make a split-second decision to protect themselves," Demings said.

While police have not released the man's name, they described him as having "a violent past" and said he was a convicted felon.

Demings said the man did not fire his weapon, but did point it at officers.

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massvocals (not verified)

 The police call this man a felon , and they are murders   for what growing cannabis  , selling it  I bet there   smiling  even happy  over this  man death   if legalization does  not  come by 2016 ,  I say we organize  ,  go to war  over the feds and state  take back the republic   and hang all those who support  drug war 

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:45am Permalink
joebanana (not verified)

And not just SWAT, ALL police are domestic terrorists. Killing a man defending his home from invasion is unacceptable.

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:55pm Permalink
Douglas (not verified)

In reply to by joebanana (not verified)

This is surely not part of the freedom our predecessors fought and died for. How can this country be called the land of the free when it incarcerates the highest percentage of citizens in the whole world. These cops are the occupying army with a license to kill; how disgraceful. They will answer to almighty God. I am so frightfully sorry for this mans family, can't imagine the cops even saying they regret this horrible tragedy.
Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:41am Permalink

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