June 4, 2014 – Atlanta GA: The botched raid on a home in North Georgia that left a toddler critically injured has sparked an outcry from libertarians to end the War on Drugs and the violation of civil liberties.
Doug Craig, Libertarian Party of Georgia chairman, said the harming of an innocent child and the terrorization of his parents is just one example of how the so called “War on Drugs” has become more dangerous than drugs itself.
“The War on Drugs has become a war on the citizens of the state of Georgia”, said Doug Craig. Prohibition has made our communities less safe, it has created an environment where law enforcement think they can perpetrate these atrocities on our citizens as long as they do it in the name of the War on Drugs. We must learn from the lessons of alcohol prohibition and realize law enforcement cannot solve public health issues with military force.”
Chairman Craig said he will be speaking at the “Rally for Truth and Justice” in Clarkesville Ga. (Habersham County) this Saturday June 7th 11:00 am at the courthouse.
“The apparent incompetence of law enforcement agents in this case is most disturbing. Tossing explosive devices into private homes at 2:00 am without knowing who is inside or even if the alleged suspect was there, is inconceivable. The cavalier attitude exhibited by the sheriff (Habersham County, Georgia, Sheriff Joey Terrell) is shocking”, Craig said.
The Libertarian Party encourages citizens to attend the rally and express their concerns about the para-military tactics used by law enforcement. https://www.facebook.com/events/736283223059185/
Official position of the Libertarian Party on crime: Government exists to protect the rights of every individual including life, liberty and property. Criminal laws should be limited to violation of the rights of others through force or fraud, or deliberate actions that place others involuntarily at significant risk of harm. Individuals retain the right to voluntarily assume risk of harm to themselves. We support restitution to the victim to the fullest degree possible at the expense of the criminal or the negligent wrongdoer. We oppose reduction of constitutional safeguards of the rights of the criminally accused. The rights of due process, a speedy trial, legal counsel, trial by jury, and the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty, must not be denied. We assert the common-law right of juries to judge not only the facts but also the justice of the law.