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I read the May 13th article about the Taos sheriff's "round-up" team arresting 16 people on old warrants and serving up new ones if they tried to flee or were found with certain items, such as a marijuana pipe or a .22 rifle. The article states that there was "zero use of force." I guess that means they didn't pull the trigger or apply lethal chokeholds, although they certainly brandished their military-style assault-rifles at people.

I know this because a well-armed fright-force showed up at my daughter's door, banging and demanding some unknown individual give himself up. Instead, my daughter and 3-year-old granddaughter came to the door and talked them down, managing to convince them they had the wrong address. As the article stated, these were state police and didn't know one end of town from the other. They declined her offer to come in for tea.

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