a reply to: bigman88
First of all, it is necessary to mention that this death was totally unjustifiable, is deeply tragic, and should not, but more than likely will be
repeated in other states, in other homes, devastating other families.
But the thing that really confuses me about this sort of paramilitary action on the part of police forces in the states, is that SWAT teams have
access to the technology required to a) Enter a property silently, b) monitor activity in the house using long range microphones, thermal cameras, and
a plethora of other devices, c) are armoured and have the option to carry ballistic shields.
Bearing these things in mind, the SWAT teams which get involved in these raids, ought to be able to ascertain the disposition of individuals within
the premises (how many are in each room, the level of alertness of those individuals, their proximity to a firearm and so on and so forth), the
location of non-combatant targets (like seven year olds alseep in their grandmothers arms), and enter premises without having to break anything, and
without making a song and dance of it. They are also very well protected against small arms fire, when compared to the most dangerous people they
routinely encounter, and have the option of carrying ballistic shields and shotguns on top of their worn armour.
These things mean that there is no NEED for these insane dynamic entry attempts on domestic residences in these situations. If they had properly
staked out the residence, done their due diligence in terms of intelligence gathering, then this crap would never have happened. Furthermore, I think
it is important to point out the following. If the houses they were raiding that night contained serious criminals, then the raiding squad would have
been engaged by small arms fire before they ever made it to the front door, because serious criminals keep watch, serious criminals are heavily armed,
experienced at many kinds of violence, including the use of firearms, and will engage without hesitation if they feel threatened!
THIS SITUATION IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!
If these SWAT units cannot use the tools which we all know they have access to, including but by no means limited to the ones I have listed above, to
ascertain the situation within a building, and understand the difference between drawing down on a room full of thugs playing a hand of poker while
stroking their fully automatic weapons, and a little girl sleeping in her grandmothers arms, then they should not be allowed to carry a gun, let alone
have access to these tools, because all they are at the moment is state sponsored murderers!