Video of SWAT Raid on Missouri Family

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

In February, I wrote the following about a drug raid in Missouri:

SWAT team breaks into home, fires seven rounds at family’s pit bull and corgi (?!) as a seven-year-old looks on.

They found a “small amount” of marijuana, enough for a misdemeanor charge. The parents were then charged with child endangerment.

So smoking pot = “child endangerment.” Storming a home with guns, then firing bullets into the family pets as a child looks on = necessary police procedures to ensure everyone’s safety.

Just so we’re clear.

Now there’s video, which you can watch below. It’s horrifying, but I’d urge you to watch it, and to send it to the drug warriors in your life. This is the blunt-end result of all the war imagery and militaristic rhetoric politicians have been spewing for the last 30 years—cops dressed like soldiers, barreling through the front door middle of the night, slaughtering the family pets, filling the house with bullets in the presence of children, then having the audacity to charge the parents with endangering their own kid. There are 100-150 of these raids every day in America, the vast, vast majority like this one, to serve a warrant for a consensual crime.

But Jonathan Whitworth won’t be smoking that pot they found in his possession. So I guess this mission was a success.

I’ve exchanged emails with the mother of the family, who was in the home at the time of the raid. I’m waiting on her permission to publish her account of what happened.

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514 Responses to “Video of SWAT Raid on Missouri Family”

  1. #1 |  Jingleheimer Schmidt | 

    I totally respect police officers jobs and appreciate their service, but I think that they should have changed their Rules Of Engagement. They should have known weather or not the people were really that dangerous and based their ROE off of that. The squad or team leader should have controlled his men better too.

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  3. #3 |  doglover77 | 

    This video was so disturbing. I can’t believe the real police brutality here. Can I ask what is in Missouri that is so criminal that the police have to act this way? I live in SD, CA and in the ghetto, if I may add. We have so much crime here, but the police still act more humanely than these S-O-Bs. Tell them to come down here and act that way and see what will happen to them. I can’t even imagine how this guy’s wife and kid felt when they were being raided. I’m sure they were so scared and then to find out that their dog had just been shot and killed. It is outrageous! I hope that there was some disciplinary action to the cop who did this heinous act!

  4. #4 |  Marie | 

    Oh, since comments are moderated…F%^& the police! I hate their mother%^&* guts! And the law? Bull&*()!

  5. #5 |  Sebastian | 

    Sweet lord! Man cops in USA just play with theire power. Why the fuck did they have to shoot that fucking dog for? I mean one shot through the head this was a whole round. Man when i heard that dog bark and whine like that i just wanted to do the same to the SWAT team.

  6. #6 |  Seth | 

    Fucking Assholes! Why the hell did they have to shoot the fucking dog? What could it do to harm when there are fcking 12 armored cops there !!?! omfg idiots! And as someone said before me, “this is what makes ppl hate cops” – Totally true.

  7. #7 |  Dementia | 

    I hate drugs of all kind. But this is not the right way to stop it.
    And when the us goverment is the biggest drug dealer in the world. how should this stop the drug dealing then?

    This is just a way for the goverment to have monopoly on this shit and put people in jail so they are easly controlled.

  8. #8 |  Don Allan | 

    Why didn’t the twat team show up at the house of this drug dealing, pedophile cop ??? Were all of his assets seized??

    Former Syracuse police officer Fredrick J. Baunee pleaded guilty this morning to charges he sexually abused two teenage boys and that he was running a drug trafficking ring from his Camillus home.In a surprise move, Baunee pleaded guilty before County Judge Anthony Aloi to two felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one felony count of fourth-degree conspiracy.

    Aloi agreed to sentence Baunee to 7 years in state prison. Baunee also will be required to register as a convicted sex offender.

    Baunee, 49, was named May 5 in a 46-count indictment accusing him of running a drug ring from his home in which Camillus teenagers were used as drug buyers and sellers, vandals and for sexual activities.

  9. #9 |  OMFG | 

    OMFG, I wanna cry when I hear the dog scream, then when the cops like finish the dog off, what the fuck?!?!?!?! they like Oh, a scared, screaming, injured dog!!! let’s shoot him 10 times more!!!!

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  12. #12 |  Monoxide | 

    This is why I have a gun, its perfectly legal to shot a cop when they put your family in danger (which dose include pets). This make’s me hate cops even more, I think its about time that the people rise up and put a stop to this.

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