Well, strip clubs are, of course, fair game for governmental harassment. After all, what righteous citizen is going to complain about the rights of mere strip club patrons and owners?
According to the New Haven Register:
For a moment, employees at a St. John Street cabaret said, they thought they were being robbed when masked gunmen with assault rifles stormed in Monday night.
That’s just standard law enforcement protocol. For your common drug enforcement thug, nothing quite satisfies like violently busting into a place dressed in black, disguised with masks, and scaring the crap out of people by recklessly waving firearms in their faces.
New Haven police Lt. Jeff Hoffman, who heads the narcotics squad, stressed the warrant wasn’t specifically for Crazy Horse Cabaret, the former Stage Door Johnny’s, at 85 St. John St., but rather for the 15,000-square-foot building, an old clock factory that takes up an entire block on Hamilton Street.
He confirmed the search warrant was part of an ongoing drug investigation. He declined to say what police found, but the owner of the club Tuesday said he understood police found a marijuana grow operation in another part of the sprawling complex.
Ooooouh! Scary. Someone was growing pot! If anything demands an armed paramilitary invasion it’s got to be people who are interested in getting high and happy on weed.
“Battering rams, bulletproof shields, assault rifles. They had 30 to 35 people on the floor in cuffs and this whole building was locked down in a matter of three or four minutes,” the man said, not wanting to provide his name.
Hey, humiliating and threatening 35 people is a small price to pay when it comes to rescuing the world from the terror of marijuana.
He didn’t stick around after police let him go.
“They were starting to tear apart the place when I was leaving.”
Of course, they were. Wrecking a place is all part of the fun of being a drug cop.
Let’s hope California passes prop 19 next week. The drug war is nothing but a jobs program for self important, intellectually challenged, neanderthal drug cops. It’s time to start the ball rolling on dismantling it and forcing those assholes to get real jobs.