Just in case you thought talk about how the drug war has "militarized" our police departments was exaggerated:
Officials in Clayton County have intensified their efforts in the war on drugs. Sheriff Victor Hill announced he is planning an invasion into drug-infested communities.
The ACLU said the question of whether or not the so-called invasion is legal, is a troubling one for them.
Deputies have identified five known drug houses, that they want to investigate. Thursday night, deputies set up a road block, and checked each car coming into or out of the street in question for drugs.
The operation has been dubbed Operation Jericho. Mobile police checkpoints have been set up outside suspected drug houses in the neighborhood. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said the plan is to occupy suspected drug territories with deputies—one house, one location at a time.
Hill said the conventional method of warrants and arrests are not working, and that military-like occupation of deputies is necessary.
"The war on drugs in Clayton County, as in most jurisdictions, I liken it to the Vietnam War," Hill said. "Hit and miss, there is no clear win—we don't know if we're gaining ground or not. What we want to do is we want to change our strategy. We want to make this more like a Normandy invasion."
And of course when you're fighting a war, you can't really concern yourself with collateral damage.