The American drug war has killed again. This time claiming the life of a young Wisconsin man suspected of dealing methamphetamine -- making him the 13th citizen this year to die by the hands of drug enforcement agents.
According to reports, a menagerie of Wisconsin law men had reason to believe that 32-year-old Dennis Grohn of Red Cedar was using his home to run a substantial methamphetamine operation. In an attempt to sideline the culprit, officers with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department joined forces with the West Central Drug Task Force and the Eau Claire County Regional Tactical Team to serve a “no knock” search warrant the best possible way the knew how -- by kicking down the man’s door at two o’clock in the morning.
As you might imagine, this high-risk tactic surprised the hell out of Grohn, who likely believed he was about to be the victim of a robbery, considering the time of the raid. However, despite the fact that Grohn never brandished a weapon, the roughneck gang of drug agents felt it necessary to implement the “shoot first, ask questions later” methodology -- killing Grohn instantly.
Regardless of the controversy surrounding Grohn’s death, Dunn County District Attorney James Patterson said last month, that he finds the use of deadly force against Grohn justifiable, offering the following statement to support his decision.
"According to an investigation done by the State Department of Criminal Investigation, a member of the SWAT team entered Grohn's garage and saw him sitting in a chair. The deputy says Grohn growled and charged him. The men collided, and the deputy shot Grohn once. The two then fell to the floor in a struggle. Another officer told investigators he saw Grohn's hand on the deputy's rifle and that he feared for his own, and the deputy's, life. He then fired one shot at Grohn, killing him. Prior to entering the home the swat team had been advised that this was considered a high risk entry. Grohn had a history of violence toward police officers, weighed 280 pounds, was suspected of having a shotgun and was likely under the influence of meth. Peterson says Grohn was also likely aware he was facing a lengthy prison sentence if he was caught selling meth."
Grohn’s autopsy showed that he was “heavily under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of his death,” but can his death really be justified without evidence of a deadly weapon? Apparently.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.