68-year-old Eurie Stamps. Next Drug War Victim?

Looks like we may unfortunately have a new one to add to the Drug War Victims page.

Radley Balko has been covering the Framingham, Massachussetts botched raid here and here.

If this case plays out like most of those before it, Eurie Stamps’ death won’t change a damn thing. His will be just another body on the growing pile of drug war collateral damage.

Update: [Thanks, Malcolm]

Video news report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GtUvEA_9pg (embedding disabled)

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29 Responses to 68-year-old Eurie Stamps. Next Drug War Victim?

  1. WHAT........! says:


    Heres a story over at alternet that goes along with this thread.

    I just cant stand it anymore! Why are these politicans and prohibitionist so god damned hard headed! Do they really not care who dies in their stupid assed wars? If so everyone of them need to be charged with war crimes!


  2. claygooding says:

    If you put a tourniquet on a persons neck long enough you can stop a nose bleed.

    And the war on drugs is doing just that,and causing more harm than the drugs the police stopped from going to the streets.

    Even if the SWAT team had been going after a king-pin in a drug ring,the death of one innocent person is not worth the gain and will only cause more violence by the ring as they decide who the next king-pin is to be,,,,just like in Mexico.

    Remove the profits from drugs,remove the violence and the criminal’s cash cow.

  3. darkcycle says:

    Sorry, more bad news: MMJ bill deeated in Illinois house. Patients in Ill. must suffer or break the law for a while longer now. Link:

  4. can't happen here says:

    Drugwar Einsatzgruppen take no prisoners. Aren’t the black uniforms sporty.

  5. paul says:

    There’s a quote, “It is very difficult to get someone to understand something when their salary depends on their not understanding it.” or something to that effect. The prison-industrial complex isn’t going to just see the light and stop all by itself.

    Off topic here, there was a nice interview with Mary Anastasia O’Grady from the Wall Street Journal editorial board about a variety of topics, one of which was drug reform. Basically, it means the WSJ is for some sort of drug legalization. Here’s the link:


    • Pete says:

      Mary O’Grady is definitely one of the smart journalists when it comes to drug policy. She’s been writing good articles for years about the failure of the drug war and connecting the dots between prohibition and the problems in Mexico.

      She’s stopped short, most times, of actually advocating legalization on the WSJ pages, but the implication is undeniable.

  6. denmark says:

    Sad reminder of why we’re here and why we do what we do.

  7. vicky vampire says:

    In Egypt there’s ethnic cleansing going on against Christians being slaughtered by radical terrorists, here in USA many folk have been slaughtered in the name of the Drug War, think about it people were are cleansing innocent folk through crazy force in name of massive force used on folks people killed and thrown out of wheel chairs thrown and strewn about like rag dolls you’d think some of these folk had committed capital murders but no just partook of a little bit of certain substances and most harming no one not even themselves, We treat and have more compassion and consideration for animals sometimes than Drug Users.

    • “We treat and have more compassion and consideration for animals sometimes than Drug Users.”

      And that’s exactly it.

      It’s all about being better than some “pothead”.

  8. malcolm kyle says:

    Spanish police have arrested two Argentine pilots for allegedly flying in more than 900 kilogrammes of cocaine.

    The detainees are Gustavo Adolfo and Eduardo Antonio Juliá, two sons of the former head of the Air Force, Brigadier José Juliá, during Carlos Menem’s presidency. Also detained is Gaston Miret, son of Brigadier José Miret, former Secretary of Planning during the previous dictatorship.

    Jose Julia, who died four years ago, was questioned by the anti-mafia commission of Argentina’s lower house of parliament in 1998 for his suspected link with one of the biggest criminals in Argentina, Alfredo Yabran.

    The Challenger 604 arrived from the island of Sal, Cape Verde, off the coast of Senegal

  9. claygooding says:

    Excellent anti-prohibition of hemp cartoon;



    Marijuana Prohibition Era Cartoon Par Excellence: Hemp’s Notorious Cousin


  10. darkcycle says:

    Sitting around on Saturday, watching cartoons again, Clay? Don’t forget to pick up your toys before nap…;)

  11. malcolm kyle says:

    Thanks Clay for making me cry

  12. Duncan20903 says:

    So the police in Quebec raided what they thought was a grow-op but turned out to be a man who owned a pet skunk.

    Opinion: Police Mistake Skunk’s Smell For Marijuana


    I don’t understand why this is a matter of opinion, but there you go. Oh wait, I see the opinioin as the asshole that wrote the article said it’s an insult to the skunk.

  13. DdC says:

    I just cant stand it anymore! Why are these politicans and prohibitionist so god damned hard headed! Do they really not care who dies in their stupid assed wars?

    No, they don’t care, they care about money, that’s it. It is not do what I do its do what I say. All of the philosophy of Neocons points to one theme, money. Cheap labor, grunt soldiers or prison slaves all mean profit. We the people are and always have been expendable for the greater cause. What they leave out is the greater cause of a minority of moneysluts. War or rather police actions bring in the bucks. Getting there uses many tools, especially lies, censorship and intimidation. The means are justified by the end. You can’t legislate unlimited donations by corporations if you don’t get elected, or selected to decide the outcome of elections or legislation. You won’t be if your straight with the people. So the drug war provides trillions of dollars to the status quo dirt-bag vermin. The collarteral damage is why war is hell. As the weapons have improved the CD has increased, while soldiers dying has decreased. Better for the war brokers to keep selling it. I’m starting a war against carrots. Look what they hell they did to John Boehner…Boner?

    “oe” as in aloe, backhoe, banjoes, beachgoer, calicoes, dildoes would make it Boner.

    “oe” as in amoeba would make it Beaner

    “oe” as in canoe would make it Booner

    I see no where does “oe” sound like “A”…

    In German, the letters ‘oeh’ are pronounced like the letters ‘ew’ in ‘new’

    So is Boehner a Beaner in the Boonies with a boner?
    Or maybe John is pronounced Jane?…

    Signs of Sickness and D.E.A.th

    If so everyone of them need to be charged with war crimes!

    That’s tops on my wish list…

    Pro Life? Not even anti abortionists…


    Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage

    It’s only harmful to the majority, not those profiting on it. Many if not most of the majority are cannibalizing themselves believing human propagandists over what their own lying eyes show them. Disease is a product that requires expensive white powders bringing in profit. Not free homegrown! Cures and prevention are commie threats as much as healthy people, especially those growing Ganja. See the so called problems, then see who profits on fixing them and you will find who causes the real problems. Same as those neglecting real problems with real victims to maintain the status quo swimming in profits chasing hobgoblins for the good of the public.

    The solution is simple. Eat the rich

  14. Brian says:

    Of course we have to accept a few innocent grandfathers getting mowed down here and there. How else can we cater to the demands of suburban parents to save their children from the demon weed?

  15. WHAT........! says:

    Everylaw is a gun to your head. Whether that gun is put to your head ,by government, depends on your level of protest over said law or laws. Every law is a gun to your head and we are lawing our selves right out of the very freedoms we so hold dear.


  16. Duncan20903 says:

    Marijuana found in system of man who died in Pitkin County fall

    A 28-year-old ski-lift operator who fell to his death from a Pitkin County bridge had marijuana in his system, according to toxicology reports.

    The body of George Aldrich was found on Dec. 13 after he went missing on Nov. 27.

    An area resident found the body under the Maroon Creek Bridge near where Aldrich got off a bus.

    The Pitkin County Coroner’s office said the final toxicology report from the investigation revealed the presence of THC, according to a Saturday media release.

    Aldrich also had a blood-alcohol content of 0.294 percent, which is 3 1/2 times the legal limit for driving.

    An autopsy indicated Aldrich died instantly in the fall. His body was discovered about 100 feet below the bridge.


  17. Duncan20903 says:

    Wow, the police raided a house that was empty. You know I’ve never heard anyone who gave the obligatory neighbor comment say anything other than how shocked they were that it was a grow and that they had mistsken their neighbor for a “good guy”.

    Marijuana grow-op dismantled

    Police had received several complaints about the home, but by the time they arrived, the plants and whoever is responsible were long gone.

    Neighbours tell CHBC News they are pleased the grow-op is gone, saying it was obvious the home was being used to grow marijuana.


  18. malcolm kyle says:

    Filmtip: El Infierno

    Anybody else here seen it yet?
    I’m half way through it this exact moment. It’s well made; stand aside Tarantino!

  19. darkcycle says:

    “Marijuana found in system of man who died in Pitkin County fall”
    Journalism with a happy yellow tint.

  20. darkcycle says:

    The battle to legalize in Peru continues; the pitfalls of decriminalization without legalization and regulation are coming clear in S.A.:

  21. Duncan20903 says:

    Approximately 72,890 people who enjoy cannabis in Peru? That’s a pretty darn precise approximation.
    Indeed DC, I actually tossed that article around in my mind trying to think of a comment and decided the thing spoke for itself. At least the normal gallery of morons who show up on DP comments actually didn’t bother trying to justify this one with the exception of two very lame attempts.

    Two other things, after posting I read the official press release from the coroner which didn’t mention the waste cannabinoids and labeled the victim’s BAC as contributory, and the press release was made on 12/15/2010 almost a month ago. I used to believe the DP was simply trying to increase circulation/page views but with this one think it’s pretty clear now that they are in fact true believers. One of the more peculiar things about this particular subject to me is the huge cohort of our enemies that believe that bald faced lying about the dangers is perfectly acceptable if the motivation is to keep people choosing to get drunk on drinking alcohol or high from sniffing model airplane glue. The same phenomenon that caused the ONDCP to be exempted from the ‘scientific integrity’ mandate placed on the rest of the Federal government as detailed on this forum a few days ago. Peculiar because I do believe that for the most part these are not dishonest people. Even though the prohibitionists that frequent the DPs comments didn’t defend the DP’s perfidy they also didn’t criticize it.

    Chuck Norris is upset because someone is selling a strain of pot called Chuck Norris Black & Blue Dream.


  22. Duncan20903 says:

    DC that Peru story is from February 2009.

  23. darkcycle says:

    Oop’s, Google advanced search flagged it “last 24 hours” and I didn’t read the body ’till after I posted it. Sorry.

  24. Duncan20903 says:

    Humbug. That clown in Arizona that shot the Member was a pothead. We’re never going to get anywhere with the bogus “pot causes mental illness” now. Shit, shit, shit, shit, shitty shit.

  25. darkcycle says:

    C’mon, Duncan, even if he hadn’t been, they’d have found it in his past, or they would have inferred it. I expected as much. It won’t matter a whit by the next election cycle…. people will be “Gabrielle who?” Sorry to sound cynical, but there’s no room for memory in the 24 hr news cycle.

  26. Duncan20903 says:

    While I expect that you are correct, but only for the specific incidence. A week from now not many people will recall that the Denver Post published bald faced lies about the drunk that fell to his death. But every time people with no benchmark to judge will accumulate in their minds and contributes to a general perception that cannabis makes bad stuff happen. I seriously believe that the reason the Know Nothings give a free pass to drinking alcohol is because they know people who use it in moderation. The only time they notice a pothead is when the pothead does something particularly stupid. These potheads have nothing to lose if their enjoyment of cannabis becomes known to others. Since those are the only potheads they see they come to the conclusion that is the standard behavior of every pothead.

    One of the things I find most peculiar is that there’s a large cohort of people who thinks that anyone who smokes pot are dedicated fans of wake and bake, rather than the reality that only about 5% of potheads have earned that label.

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