In other Massachusetts drug raid news, the family of Eurie Stamps has settled with the town of Framingham for $3.75 million. In 2011, Stamps was killed in his own home when a drug raid team broke down his door. They actually found the suspect they were looking for outside the home — Stamps’s 20-year-old stepson. They raided the place anyway. During the course of the raid, one officer later said he inadvertently fired his gun while pointing it at Stamps’s head as Stamps was lying on his floor with his hands over his head. Stamps was unarmed, and wasn’t suspected of any crime.
Eighty-one-year-old grandmother Margaret “Peg” Holcomb is still in a huff after state police and the National Guard deployed ground troops and a helicopter at her Amherst home and chopped down the 6-foot-tall marijuana plant growing out back with her raspberries.“It’s ridiculous,” Holcomb told me yesterday. “This is not what happens in a democratic society. We don’t have people flying over us and watching us, then coming and invading our property. It’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment and not speaking out would be a violation of the First Amendment, as far as I’m concerned.”Peg has grown a single pot plant in her backyard for years to keep her glaucoma under control. But two weeks ago, she and her plant were the targets of an annual “marijuana eradication operation” the staties and the guard conduct in western Massachusetts.“I’ve grown marijuana for many years — one plant. I don’t sell it. I don’t talk about it. Some people drink wine at night, occasionally I’ll have a little smoke,” the retired homemaker said at her kitchen table, covered in a red and white checked tablecloth.
I know I’ll sleep better tonight knowing that this monster is off the streets.