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  1. SmokeTwibz

    Georgia police executing a drug search warrant shot and killed the 60-year-old home owner holding a canister of pepper spray of during a confrontation last Wednesday. Daniel John Thomas Hammett becomes the 51st person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

    According to the Paulding County Sheriff's Office, agents with the Haralson Paulding Narcotics Task Force had been investigating the home's occupants for selling drugs and had made several drug purchases, as well as getting complaints from neighbors.

    Sheriff's spokesman Cpl. Ashley Henson said before the shooting, officers knocked on the door of the residence in Hiram and announced who they were. They then entered the home -- although Henson didn't make clear how they did so -- and encountered Hammett in a darkened hallway.

    "It was very dark because the windows in the front portion of the residence had been covered and were blacked out," Henson said. "When agents first made contact with Hammett, they instructed him to show his hands and he initially did not comply. Hammett then raised his hands up in an aggressive manner while he was holding a black shiny object which was pointed toward agents," Henson said.

    "It was then that agents opened fire on Mr. Hammett, fatally striking him once," Henson explained. "It was later determined that Hammett had raised a canister of pepper spray toward the agents."

    Hammett was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where he died later that afternoon.

    Hammett's son Clyde challenged the police version of events in an interview with WSB TV later that same day. His father was arthritic and unarmed, and there was nothing in his hands or next to him after he fell to the floor, he said. Clyde Hammett also said there would be no drugs found at the house.

    "They killed him. They killed an innocent man and that's all there is to say to it," Clyde Hammett said. "They say he was armed. They can search all they want, there's no guns in that house."

    Cpl. Henson said evidence related to drug trafficking was later found in the home, but didn't specifiy exactly what had been found.

    The officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave pending the results of a review by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

    Hiram, GA
    United States

    Phillip Smith
    October 22, 2012
    http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2012/oct/22/georgia_man_holding_pepper_spray

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    SmokeTwibz
    My name is Jason Jones. I'm from Rochester, MN and I'm 35 years old. I scrap metal and work as grounds keeper at a local trailer park. In the winter, I shovel a bunch of driveways and sidewalks to make some extra money and to stay busy. In my free time, I try to find interesting articles about the war on drugs that I can post on Drugs-Forum, so that the information can reach a wider audience.

Comments

  1. nitehowler
    I have the deepest sympathy for this man and his loved ones.

    For a free democratic country you think it would show more respect towards its citizens.
  2. SmokeTwibz
    They don't even consider us citizens anymore, we are now nothing more than consumers. If you need proof of this all you need to do is stop spending money for a little while. All sorts of strange things happen.

    I've had many encounters with Police Officers (traffic violations, warrants, felonies, probation, parole, etc) and I have only been treated with any sort of respect one time. I have never been disorderly or disrespectful when dealing the police, but, by the way I have been treated, could lead one to believe that I was a violent, disorderly, lowlife that is a threat to himself and others.

    There is only one cop that I have ever met, that in my opinion, does his job for the right reasons. I live in a city with a population over 100,000 people, there are 191 police officers, 37 sheriffs deputies, State Patrol has it's headquarters here, and numerous other agencies that aren't so public, and there is only one officer that does their job like it is supposed to be done.

    Sorry about ranting. I don't usually mention things like this, because I did break the law in my past.... a lot, but I was never one to be disordely and unruley. I have always been honest and have always taken responsibility for my actions.

    Hopefully, it's not like this everywhere, but with every day that goes by, it gets harder and harder to believe that this is a free democratic society. That is what they claim it to be, but there hasn't been a phrase coined yet that properly describes our society. This society is something else entirely, it just masquerades around and claims itself to be a 'Free Democratic Society'.
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