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Police Injure Two-Year-Old in Unsuccessful Drug Raid
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  • Dan

    this kind of stuff drives me absolutely crazy

  • rheddles

    More evidence of how the government sees the people as enemies, just like the IRS, the VA, the EPA, the list goes on. When the government looses the confidence of the people it is supposed to be protecting, trouble follows for the government. Just ask George III.

    • Andrew Allison

      I pray that you are right!

    • gabrielsyme

      America had far less to complain of George III. The Declaration of Independence, read in light of today’s abuses, reveals itself to be a list of trivialities interspersed with gross exaggerations and paranoias.

      • rheddles

        But it’s still the greatest press release in history.

        • gabrielsyme

          Well said, sir.

  • dfooter

    And no doubt are targeted strongly disproportionately against minorities and the poor, in the name of the security of “the people”.

  • gabrielsyme

    Toys were strewn across the front lawn, but the SWAT team told Alecia they could not have known there were children present.

    Of course they could have known. Even if the toys had not been there to tip them off, there’s this obscure technique called surveillance. It is typically used to determine who is present in a given place and when. But it’s a hell of a lot more fun to play at being soldiers than to take the time to observe who actually lives at the house they intend to throw bombs into.

    One also questions why the police are being granted search warrants in most of these cases. A 38% failure rate is way too high; clearly the police do not have probable cause to obtain search warrants in many cases, but are being granted them anyways.

    Heads need to roll.

    • Andrew Allison

      Kinda like the largesse of FISC in granting essentially every request for snooping. Could it be that the problem is not our militarized polices force but the judiciary?

      • gabrielsyme

        Let’s not make the blithe assumption that the problem is in one place or another. Multiple areas of American governance are highly dysfunctional; and the electorate isn’t much better.

        We could also implicate state governments, who have not put appropriate and effective oversight structures to restrain municipal and county police forces. Every police force generally gets to make its own policies, and there’s little to constrain them.

  • Andrew Allison

    Public safety is becoming a public menace and it’s time to de-militarise it (to a hammer, everything looks like a nail). A few very large damages awards for unwarranted (in both senses) use of force in these assaults might be salutary.

  • Bruce

    But think of the adrenalin rush these guys got to experience by throwing the flashbang. As Rheddles pointed out below, the people are now the enemy. The government has turned on us. It probably can’t be reversed at the voting booth.

  • Curious Mayhem

    Disgraceful. This is law enforcement, not a war. Someone needs to puncture the mythology that police routinely need SWAT techniques or that enforcing drug laws is a “war” requiring military-grade weaponry. Drug dealers are not armed that way, although you still hear this lie being repeated.

    The courts have generally given the “drug war” a free pass. Maybe that can change.

  • ShadrachSmith

    From the movie Brazil: a case in point.


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