Monday, December 11, 2006
How far things have gone
Photo: Justin Cook, University of North Carolina
Bosnia? Iraq? Think again. In fact, think Durham, North Carolina. This photograph recently placed in the 61st College Photographer of the Year awards. The picture's description reads:
"A member of the Durham Police Department Selective Enforcement Team escorts a child to use the bathroom after serving a search warrant at a suspected drug house. Working closely with the police department's Gang Units, SET is responsible for making high-risk entries into dwellings to serve search warrants. Gang Unit Two made two controlled buys, or drug purchases, from the home with the help of an informant, giving them probable cause for a search warrant. Even if a raid doesn't turn up anything, presence and show of force sends a hard message to the neighborhood that gang and drug activity will not be tolerated."
Hmmm. "A hard message." Still think you live in a free country?