The two Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police officers killed last Saturday died after a traffic stop turned into an apparent attempted search for drugs and other contraband. Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate are just the latest martyrs to the failed war on drugs.
According to the Drug War Chronicle’s running tally, they become the 23rd and 24th persons to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year. All the others have been civilians. For the past five years, the Chronicle has been tabulating such deaths, with an average of about 50 a year, including a handful of law enforcement officers.
The number is relatively low given the thousands and thousands of drug raids, stings, and “routine traffic stops” that morph into drug enforcement operations, but those deaths are still a direct consequence of deliberate policy choices and law enforcement practices.
Mix guns and race into the equation, and the results can be combustible.
– Read the entire article at AlterNet.