posted on Mar, 23 2014 @ 08:55 PM
reply to post by Snarl
The criminologist Peter Kraska has estimated that there are are somewhere between 50,000 and 80,000 SWAT raids per year now in America, and that
number is likely growing. It’s past time for a public discussion about whether that sort of figure is appropriate and consistent with the values of
a free society.
Cheye Calvo's July 2008 encounter with a Prince George's County, Maryland, SWAT team is now pretty well-known: After intercepting a package
of marijuana at a delivery service warehouse, police completed the delivery, in disguise, to the address on the package. That address belonged to
Calvo, who also happened to be the mayor of the small Prince George’s town of Berwyn Heights. When Calvo's mother-in-law brought the package in
from the porch, the SWAT team pounced, forcing their way into Calvo's home. By the time the raid was over, Calvo and his mother-in-law had been
handcuffed for hours, police realized they'd made a mistake, and Calvo's two black Labradors lay dead on the floor from gunshot wounds
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.
These increasingly frequent raids, 40,000 per year by one estimate, are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly
targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed
not as police officers but as soldiers. These raids bring unnecessary violence and provocation to nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom were guilty
of only misdemeanors. The raids terrorize innocents when police mistakenly target the wrong residence. And they have resulted in dozens of needless
deaths and injuries, not only of drug offenders, but also of police officers, children, bystanders, and innocent suspects.
This paper presents a history and overview of the issue of paramilitary drug raids, provides an extensive catalogue of abuses and mistaken raids, and
offers recommendations for reform.
For those who are uncomfortable with X military guys on the force I tend to disagree; it is more a matter of training and individual police department
policy with regards to duty officers work.. I have a few friends who were X LEOs and one who is still working going on 30 years....... to hear their
comments about the departments they once worked for is more disturbing to me than just about anything; not all bad but the change in attitude is there
for real. The guy who is still working was told by one of his officer subordinates that all his friends were police officers and why did Lynn have
friends outside the force..? This particular junior officer walks around puffed up with the extermination look on his face and yet the closest he ever
came to being in the military was he might have looked at a book with pictures in junior college..? I just blow him off which I assume pisses him off.
Always respectful but will call B.S. on some of his thoughts on aviation matters.
It is not just me as other friends of Lynn have mentioned it on more than one occasion and try an avoid being around Lynn while Mr. Puff is puffing
around.. One bad egg? Nope there are others who exhibit the same attitude....
Lynn has had enough and will be retiring in 9 months.. He could join ATS and fit right in for he is not happy with some of the waste and department
policies he has seen these last few years. But he is an honest cop who realizes without the uniform and the department behind him he is just another
Another friend was a detective for many years and even though he is very tight lipped about certain things he is very concerned with the apparent
direction law enforcement has taken these last few years... Like most he just keeps his head down and a low profile for he knows somethings have to
play out before there is a change.
I do not have a crystal ball so I do not have a definitive answer to where all this is going to lead ? Maybe SWAT will do some headline raid which is
wrong and the public outcry will be enough to rain them in and change when where and why they can be used... Or maybe all this build up is for when
the dollar crashes, Fema camps are the only way to get a meal and a little gas..Probably just an easy way to keep the for profit prisons filled. Who
the heck knows... I am lucky for all my contacts with LEOs have been proper and I have never felt abused.. But I am also aware there are plenty who
can not say the same.. I do know a no knock raid because of a wrong address would certainly piss me off, no doubt...!
S&F my friend