Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Beware Warrior Cops - John Stossel

Beware Warrior Cops - John Stossel -

August 21, 2013 - "We need police to catch murderers, thieves and con men, and so we give them special power – the power to use force on others. Sadly, today's police use that power to invade people's homes over accusations of trivial, nonviolent offenses – and often do it with tanks, battering rams and armor you'd expect on battlefields.

"In his book Rise of the Warrior Cop, Radley Balko recounts the rise of police SWAT teams (SWAT stands for Special Weapons And Tactics) armed with heavy military equipment. SWAT raids began as rarely used methods of dealing with violent situations, like hostage-takings.

"But government always grows.... What began as a few specialized groups of police trained to address genuine threats to safety has degenerated into small armies descending on organic farms where farmers sell unpasteurized milk and legal medical marijuana dispensaries getting raided as if they were heavily armed threats."

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