Afternoon Links: After talk with Holder, DEA chief stands down

  • Puppycide: A Michigan police officer kills a puppy while chasing a suspect through a fenced yard.
  • Marshalltown, Iowa (population: 26,000) is the latest town to get a Mine Resistant Ambush Proof armored truck from the Pentagon.
  • According to the Huffington Post, Eric Holder has had a talk with Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart, after which she appears to have changed her mind about sentencing reform.
  • More arming of the regulatory state: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put out a bid to buy a bunch of .40-caliber submachine guns with 30-round clips. Some analysis here. The USDA’s justification makes sense only if you think the Department of Agriculture (and numerous other regulatory agencies) should have its own law enforcement division.
  • A group of Washington state pot cases now known as the Kettle Falls Five has put the lie to the Obama administration’s claim that citizens who grow or use pot in compliance with state law have little to fear from the federal government.
Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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