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Letter to the Pima, Arizona GOP

On July 4, 2011, in Drug War, by Eapen Thampy

Following the brutal murder of Marine Jose Guerena at the hands of the Pima, Arizona SWAT team this May, Pima GOP chairman Brian Miller spoke out against the militarized policing and SWAT tactics that has become a mundane part of American policing. For speaking out, the Pima GOP board is in the process of attempting to remove Brian Miller from office.

I’ll have a post later going into greater detail about this situation. For now, I thought I’d attach this letter, which I sent  to the Pima GOP in support of Brian Miller.

Dear Pima GOP,

Conservatives understand the importance of property rights, the rule of law, and the commitment to democratic discourse and debate. Such notions are the very heart and soul of everything we call “American”. Yet the unholy alliance of powerful law enforcement unions to federal and state forfeiture dollars that fund the militarization of domestic law enforcement and the use of SWAT tactics that Arizonans clearly have no stomach or desire for is unconscionable.

The willingness to debate and discuss these notions should be a core part of the American identity. Today,on the 4th of July, we celebrate our independence from a tyrant who ruled Americans once with mercenary law enforcement funded through the legally enshrined theft of property and the violation of the domicile.

I urge you to return to the path of democratic governance and Constitutionally-guided lawmaking.

Sincerely,

Eapen Thampy

Executive Director, Americans for Forfeiture Reform

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