Kathryn Johnston, a 92 year old black lady, was shot by undercover police officers in her own Atlanta, GA home in 2006 by undercover police officers carrying out a ‘no-knock’ drug raid. The three police officers neglected to identify themselves upon entering and Johnston, acting in self defense, fired a single revolver shot above the officers heads before being returned with 39 shots by the three policeman, effectively killing her. This show of force is only a sliver of the wrongdoings committed in the name of the War on Drugs. These officers were acting outside of their jurisdiction, something that has become all too common since the dawn of drug prohibition and enforcement in which a blurring of the lines of due process has become nearly commonplace. It is important to note that Johnston’s house was situated in a crime ridden neighborhood in West Atlanta, another common trend of drug enforcement targeting This event only supports the view of drug prohibition as Draconian and absolutely misconstrued into a haphazard and dangerous intrusion upon the lives of ordinary citizens for the sake of the government’s image as a crusader against drug use.
“All three men pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to violate civil rights resulting in death. Smith and Junnier also pleaded guilty to state charges of voluntary manslaughter and making false statements, and Smith admitted to planting bags of marijuana in Johnston’s home after her death” (Ex)
“Ex-Atlanta officers get prison time for cover-up in deadly raid.” CNN. Cable News Network. 17 Nov. 2013 <http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/02/24/atlanta.police/>.