You've got a lot of "what ifs" going on. BTW, here's a pretty good article depicting the incident, and this will be one of the very few times I'll ever state that about the Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/ramarley-graham-new-york-police-_n_1266715.html The last sentence on the first page is really disturbing to me. Regardless of all your what if scenarios, they broke into a fucking house without a search warrant! That's it, game over, right there they are in the wrong. Completely violates the Constitution and at that point in time, they are in the wrong. As for using this as a ploy to legalize weed, I agree that it shouldn't be used for that. I think drugs should be legal even if I won't personally touch the stuff. I also don't think this kids death should be used to advocate legalization. I think it should be used to prosecute these cops and investigate these and other actions, ultimately sending a message to cops that if they don't follow the laws they've sworn to uphold, they will suffer the penalties. As for the bolded: "How were the cops supposed to know it was his house?" So now it's ok to just break into random houses if some guy that bought pot walks into one? Get a fucking warrant, that's their job and protocol. Playing the "what if" game is fucking stupid. But if that's the stance you want to take then get some facts straight. He didn't have a gun. He didn't walk into some random civilian's house. And yes, I want them to follow procedural matters....that's the law. The last thing I want cops to do is follow their "gut" instinct and do whatever they want to do, law be damned.