Judge Dismisses Well Known Drug War Brutality Case


COLUMBIA — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday filed against the city of Columbia and 12 police officers involved in a February 2010 SWAT raid in which two dogs were shot, one fatally.

Jonathan Whitworth was arrested during the raid on the house he shared with his wife and child in the 1500 block of Kinloch Court in southwest Columbia and later pleaded guilty to unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. His child, who was 7 at the time, was present during the raid.

Whitworth, his wife, Brittany Whitworth, and son were named as plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit in September 2010; they sought compensatory and punitive damages against the defendants, along with court costs and attorney fees.

At that time, Whitworth’s attorney, Milt Harper, said the injured dog had to receive emergency treatment, which cost $2,000.


Bryce Shonka is Liberty Voice's new Editor and also serves as the Deputy Director for Tenth Amendment Center. He is happy to be producing content for a new audience and from a new place (Seattle, WA).

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