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SENATOR SEES THE `SORRY SIDE OF LIFE,’ AND POLICE WORK, IN RAID

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Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, who said he wanted a firsthand look at the drug scene, got that and more when he and a state senator accompanied police on a drug raid in Minneapolis.

Boschwitz, R-Minn., who said he helped draft President Bush's major drug-control program, and state Sen. Jim Ramstad, accepted an invitation from police Sgt. Patrick McGowan to join them in Thursday night's raid. McGowan also is a state senator from Maple Grove.It was 19 below zero when police converged on a private home where police suspected that crack cocaine was being sold, Boschwitz said Friday.

He and Ramstad watched from a car as police rammed the door open and entered the house. One man ran out, climbed into his truck and drove over an officer's foot, Boschwitz said. A second officer fired a shot when the man did not heed his signal to stop.

Boschwitz and Ramstad had to get out of the car while police went after the fleeing suspect. The shivering politicians then went into the house, which Boschwitz said contained a variety of drug paraphernalia and "all kinds of money" scattered about.

Boschwitz said he got the firsthand look he was seeking. "It's a very moving experience. It's a sorry side of life you see there."