I really struggled over how to time the title here. I wasn’t sure if I should go with Drug War Fail of the Week, fail of the Day, fail of the minute. Sheesh, well, anyway, at least this time I’m not writing about a baby taking a grenade to the face, or a mother of three being murdered when a cops gun ‘accidentally discharged”. No, this time, it’s all about the Okra.
Apparently, last Wednesday, a pack of Georgia’s secret Keystone Kop drug task-force team raided a retired Atlanta man’s garden full of Okra. The raid was initiated after a helicopter crew for the Governor’s Task Force for Drug Suppression spotted what they considered to be a suspicious looking group of plants on the man’s property. This inspired the heavily armed, apparently blind, K9 unit to converge on the garden where they discovered that the plants were really just bushes full of Okra. And while they did embarrassingly apologize, they still took some of his okra with them for analysis.
Georgia state patrol told WSB-TV in Atlanta that “we’ve not been able to identify it as of yet. But it did have quite a number of characteristics that were similar to a cannabis plant.”
I see what they mean, now. Both of those plants are definitely green.
Why are we paying for these task-forces to fly around above our heads, again? Okra busts should definitely be a good reason to be skeptical about how much of a fail the drug war really is. And talk about skeptical, how on earth did a bunch of Georgia cops not know exactly what Okra is? I’ve visited there, they put Okra in just about everything. This was definitely a Drug War Fail of the Day. Last week. I’m sure there have been many since.
And don’t forget, you can’t say Drug War, without sharing the real-time statistics of the drug war clock.