0 votes

SWAT raid for underage drinking at Washington State University

Last week, at a Washington State University frat house, a SWAT team was called in to respond to reports of underage drinking. Wait. Did I just write that? Indeed, I did. Let me rephrase that. Paramilitary police officers trained for high-risk, violent confrontations were dispatched to arrest college students who were a year or three younger than the current legal age for drinking alcoholic beverages.

Still doesn't sound good, does it? We'll let the Moscow-Pullman Daily News have its say:

" The Pullman Police Department called in members of the regional SWAT team to execute a search warrant at a Washington State University fraternity Wednesday night.

Police responded to the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity shortly before 8:30 p.m. after receiving reports that members of the house located at 500 NE Colorado St. were furnishing alcohol to minors. When they arrived on scene, Pullman Cmdr. Chris Tennant said police found a crowd of intoxicated individuals playing with air soft guns.

An observing sergeant was notified that illegal substances were in a red Honda parked on the street. He flashed his light in the car and found a bong and bag of marijuana lying on the backseat floorboards, Tennant said."

Ah-ha! Drugs and guns!

But airsoft guns are toys. They shoot little plastic pellets and are used the same way paintball guns are used, for combat games.

As for "a bong and bag of marijuana" ... Oh, c'mon. It's grass. Yes, it's illegal (though it shouldn't be), but calling in the heavy weapons to address that particular legal transgression is a major overreaction.

Tennant of the Pullman PD insists, "We activated the SWAT team not because we needed special weapons and tactics, we just needed the bodies.”

But bodies could well have been the end result.......

http://www.examiner.com/x-536-Civil-Liberties-Examiner~y2009...



Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

A freaking SWAT team?

WTF?

This is a job for Barney Fife with a notepad, not a pack of paramilitary 4-Fs who think they're playing a goddamned video game.

-jcr

"The problem with trying to child-proof the world, is that it makes people neglect the far more important task of world-proofing the child." -- Hugh Daniel

They only have about 9,560 colleges to go

that SWAT team is gonna be bone tired.

Last bust they're just gonna sit down with the kids and drink for awhile....thirsty work busting under agers....hand me a coors will ya...thanks...will you hold my M 16 while I drink this?

Unify

'Ol Wazu - my alma mater

Had the SWAT been called back in the day itd be nat'l front page news.

Special Weapons And Tactics

Busting keggers. Nothing to see here people, everything's fine. NOT!! This is that police state you keep hearing about.

wow

how ridiculous can our "peace" officers get? weed is pretty hardcore, dude. people might actually wnt peace if they smoke it. cant let that happen. i dont smoke it(though i used to, years ago), but dang! and airsoft guns!!! they really hate amendment #2 if we are criminals for having FAKE guns! ridonkulous...

"The state is the great myth where everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else." - Frederic Bastiat

Show this story

to anyone who claims wo don't live in a Police State

'Live for yourself, there's no one else more worth living for,
Begging hands and bleeding hearts
Will only cry out for more...'

'Live for yourself, there's no one else more worth living for,
Begging hands and bleeding hearts
Will only cry out for more...'

hehe "a bong and a bag of

hehe "a bong and a bag of marijuana." i bet the guy that owns that bong is in mourning :(

it still boggles my mind that a bag of grass can be "illegal" .... its fucking grass!

Think for yourself, question authority