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Deicated To: Aiyana Stanley-Jones -- Video

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Please could we finally have a meaningful discussion about the WAR on Drugs and just who is dying for this failed war.

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Kit B (276)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:17 am

If you hadn't heard of this Little Girl either, ask yourself why that is.

I don't recall seeing national outrage when this happened. I feel like these cases are too often lost, forgotten, or ignored, and that's why I am so glad J. Cole brought this little girl and her tragic story back into our consciousness.

Watch it, and then read the recap below.

This video is a dramatization. Here's what happened:

At nearly 1 a.m. on May 16, 2010, on an unlit street in the East Side of Detroit, a Special Response Team (Detroit Police Departmentís version of a SWAT team) raided a duplex in search of a murder suspect. A single shot was fired from an officer's submachine gun. It struck and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones. She was 7 years old.

You have to ask yourself whether the 25-year trend of outfitting our police forces with the tools and mentality of an invading army is really worth this type of casualty.

Special thanks to the unofficial poet laureate of Detroit, Charlie LeDuff, for crucial background. If you want to fall down the rabbit hole of the American police state, Radley Balko's report is essential reading.

The PDF report:

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:32 pm
Thank you for sharing this powerful video.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday September 30, 2013, 5:32 pm
Noted. Yes, this got drastically worse after 9/11, when funding for local law enforcement skyrocketed. As the wars began to unwind, many of the weapons were put on the market and were gobbled up by local law enforcement again. We have militarized our police, and I don't know how to "undo" it, but it needs to be done.....along with Congress passing some sensible gun restrictions like an Assault Weapons Ban, eliminating multiple clips and expanded background checks.

Kit B (276)
Monday September 30, 2013, 5:35 pm

That would be start Lois, however, none of that would affect the police departments. I think we would be much safer with well trained soldiers than almost trained, but highly armed police.

Sheryl G (360)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:21 pm
Be careful whenever anyone wants to declare a war on something. It is usually on ourselves. This Country has a lot of issues to fix, a lot of policies to change, and while children die, parents cry, and the Elders lie in wonder of what has happened, we have a broken Government that is going to most likely shut down because too many are fixed on stupid and playing the card game for the 1% only.

How long will everyone remain quiet while letting our children die or be funneled into either the Military or the Prison Industrial Complexes?

Join me and others even if it is to stand in front of your own city or town hall with a sign in support or in bold letters what you want changed.
If you don't want to do it for yourself do it for the children join in Solidarity on November 5

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Heartbreaking video, even worse it was based on a true event.

JL A (281)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:35 pm
May she become the face of a movement for change--spend enough on children's needs and you won't have to spend it on crime--even the RAND CA preschool study found cost benefits of publicly funded universal preschool and the crime-related cost avoidance was huge despite being a very conservative methodology apt to understate the actual costs avoided.

Mitchell D (87)
Monday September 30, 2013, 7:06 pm
The "War on Drugs" is not a war on drugs, it is a war on the people the society stereotypes as "druggies," the black population of the U.S.A.
It is a long term, insidious destruction of black families and culture, that destroys families and makes some entrepreneurs who run prisons quite rich.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 10:10 am
What I do hear a lot about is all the innocent kids shot in drivebys and a lot of incorrect addresses that the cops get wrong. It's time for the US government to stop funding its chosen cartels and sponsoring a war on drugs that is unwinnable and has lead to nothing but destruction in so many facets of our society.
We need to take a civilized approach such as that in Portugal. Portugal's economy may be teetering but at least they got the drug aspect and how to treat it very correct.
Let's start by decriminalizing marijuana; then legalizing it and while we are at it - regulating and taxing it. It would also allow North Americans to raise their own hemp; thereby creating jobs and cash flow; removing the need for destructive cotton crops; easement on the amount of trees cut down to provide paper.
It's a Win/Win proposal. People are going to get high whether we like it or not. Being sensible about it can reduce the gang's credibility and cash flow. BTW the cartels don't care what a terrorist's ideology is they care only that their money is good and with that they will smuggle anything or anyone into the continental US.

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 12:34 pm
It seems the so-called war on drugs has spawned a way to war on the poor, the disadvantaged, the minorites, the disenfranchised...costing taxpayers billions of dollars helping drug cartels, both the ones we support and their enemies. Arms dealers, drug cartels, and dealers can get rich while killing thousand, if not millions, in the process - many innocents included along the way.
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