Monday, November 27, 2006

Police Are Out of Control

LibertyBotched Paramilitary Police Raids This map shows just how far the use of paramilitary or SWAT tactics has gotten out of hand. Dead innocents. Raiding the wrong house. Death of someone who was not violent. Raids on sick people. (They can't come to the door? They must be hiding something!)

There is a report that goes along with the map, Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America.
Americans have long maintained that a man’s home is his castle and that he has the right to defend it from unlawful intruders. Unfortunately, that right may be disappearing. Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home.

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