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Drug Raid: Police Shoot Man, Find Nothing But Codeine Syrup

Yet another needlessly violent drug raid, this time in Louisiana:

HOUMA -- A 26-year-old Crozier man shot by a narcotics agent in a drug raid Thursday morning remains in intensive care, though his condition has stabilized, relatives said.

Floyd Franklin Jr. was shot inside his home at 112 Edgewood Drive after agents from the Terrebonne Narcotics Task Force raided the trailer about 6:45 a.m. and found Franklin pointing a gun at them.

The agents were executing two search warrants that are related to an investigation into the distribution of a "large amount of illegal narcotics," Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois said. [Daily Comet]

A large amount of narcotics, huh? So what did they find?

…two containers of liquid codeine agents found in the house, Bourgeois said. The drug, an opiate available by prescription, is used illegally to lace marijuana cigarettes or add to drinks, the sheriff said.

They've got to be kidding. Yeah, I'm sure people have been known to mix codeine with other drugs, but is that the default assumption we should reach anytime a drug suspect is found in possession of extremely common prescription medicines? The author of the story has yet to return my email inquiring whether the codeine was found in the medicine cabinet.

Regardless, this is just a disgraceful attempt to portray the man they shot as some weirdo poly-drug abuser. Absent evidence that he actually intended to use the codeine for such purposes, there's no justification for including these pathetic smears in the article. The guy probably also had a few steak knives which could be used to murder the elderly, but I didn't see that in the article so spare us the insinuations and put the cough syrup back where you found it cause no one cares.

Moreover, does anyone really think this guy would try to shoot it out with police over that? Officers say they announced, but that doesn't mean Franklin heard them. This could easily be another case of an innocent drug suspect mistaking police for burglars and merely attempting to defend his home. After all, there certainly wasn't a "large amount of illegal narcotics" present for which he might seek to evade capture. How many more innocent people have to get shot before police realize that charging into homes with guns drawn increases rather than reduces the risk of something going wrong?
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Like they care

I just don't believe they care if the home owner tries to defend his home or not.

They are the cops, they have a warrent, they are going in, and no matter how it turns out, they will push and shove, plant evidence, lie cheat and steal to come out on top.

I'ts a war and the american people who use, buy, sell or have drugs are the enemy. It doesn't hurt if the press is to afraid to print the truth. Not to mention they are the [good guys].

Drugs laws make us all vulnerable

As in the days of the Holy Inquisition where some jilted lover or overly solicitious neighbor's advances were rejected, the rejector found him/herself a few days later accused of heresy/witchcraft, etc. And torture ensued till (s)he "confessed" or died..
So in our day, any cop having a bad day (or rejected sexual advances), or any one pissed off at you for that matter, can plant a "heretical" substance on your person, car, or property and you are done for, my friends.
God, when will the people wake up? Drugs are a godsend to individuals who need a police state to keep control of the masses (and their enemies) and the intellectually seditious. Just let the proper authorities find a testable amount of any substance from a couple of thousand listed in the official Inquisitorial list of Controlled Substances and _you_ are a criminal, my friends.
Juries have yet to believe the honest to God truth in "It ain't mine and I've never seen it before" words of the accused.
Not when a professional and "detached" witness testifies otherwise.
It's called the _demonization_ of a man-made or, sometimes, natural substance. And to be accused, when one of these substances is found _near your body_, is, as in the day of the Holy Inquistion, tantamount to guilt.
Guilt by association, and--when accused--you are associated with a "demonic" substance. See how easy it is to determine guilt? And guess who knows this really well?
Object lesson from the Reality Zone...

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