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    How the Obama Administration Defended DEA Agents Who Put a Gun To A Girl's head

    Since kids and guns is so popular right now.


    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the DEA’s use of force against the 11-year-old and 14-year-old daughters of Thomas and Rosalie Avina--which included putting a gun to the youngest girl's head--was “excessive,” “unreasonable,” and constituted “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
    Attorneys for the Obama administration defended the raid, and Reason has obtained the brief the DOJ filed to the Ninth Circuit. In it, the Obama administration argues that “the DEA agents’conduct was plainly reasonable under the circumstances.”

    After subduing their parents, agents broke into the two girls’ bedrooms during a wrong-door raid in January, 2007. The oldest of the two girls dropped to the floor and was handcuffed by agents before being dragged into the living room and laid next to her mom and dad. The 11-year-old, however, was sleeping when agents came into her room. As they began to shout at her to “get on the ****ing ground,” the girl woke up and “froze in fear.” Agents then dragged her from her bed to the floor. One agent handcuffed her while another aimed a gun at her head.


    To a certain extent, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the DOJ’s brief. It upheld the lower court’s ruling that the treatment of Thomas and Rosalie Avina—Thomas resisted the agents’commands and was tackled to the ground and handcuffed at gunpoint; Rosalie voluntarily dropped to the floor—was not unreasonable or unlawful.
    But what of the children? To sway the court, Obama administration lawyers softened their depiction of the agents' treatment of the 11-year-old and 14-year-old girls:

    Agents also entered the bedrooms of plaintiffs B.F. and B.S. Avina, who were then fourteen and eleven years old, respectively. Both girls were in bed at the time, and B.S. was sleeping. B.F. complied with the agents’ instruction to get on the ground, and the agents thereafter handcuffed her. B.S. initially resisted the instruction, and agents responded by assisting her to the floor and handcuffing her. The agents did not use profanity in speaking to the girls.

    Compared to the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, which uses the facts presented by the Avinas, this is an utter white-washing. The girl identified as “B.S.” is the Avinas’ 11-year-old daughter. She did not “resist the instruction,” but was “frozen in fear.” Agents did not “assist her to the floor,” they dragged her off her bed. They did not just handcuff her, they held a gun to her head.


    http://reason.com/blog/2012/06/19/ob...ded-use-of-vio


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    If we end the war on drugs then these "jack booted thugs" will have to go back to raiding guitar manufacturers.

    How about we just do something about DEA agents who act like their overdosing on something when they're doing their jobs?

    It's funny ... we can't get a government agent to go into a school if there's a kid shooting gun in it, but they have no problem barging in on random houses and pulling guns on children.
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    Just outrageous conduct by the law enforcement officers and by the justice department. Just a bunch of lying bastards if you ask me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphins9954 View Post
    Since kids and guns is so popular right now.





    http://reason.com/blog/2012/06/19/ob...ded-use-of-vio


    End the War on Drugs!!!!
    Sounds legit to me. These totally need to be the only people with guns. To save lives, you know.

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    If you want to win the war on drugs you do what Taiwan does, they treat the addicts and put to death anyone dealing over a certain amount of banned product. Taiwan does not have a drug problem, imagine that but I guess in the US a country that cannot even get a death sentence for someone that mass murders people that is a little too exterme though.
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    Because ONLY the government should be trusted with Anti-Assault rifles......yeah


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