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Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America
The Cato Institute ^ | July 16, 2006 | Radley Balko

Posted on 07/18/2006 2:00:20 PM PDT by rbalko

Paper on America's love affair with the SWAT team and "dynamic entry" raids.

See scary accompanying map of botched no-knocks and other SWAT-style raids.


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1 posted on 07/18/2006 2:00:22 PM PDT by rbalko
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2 posted on 07/18/2006 2:05:28 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: rbalko

The guy with the mullet and his band of ex-cons makes for good TV. LOL


3 posted on 07/18/2006 2:06:16 PM PDT by pissant
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To: rbalko

Most arrests are now assaults... Face on the pavement, knee in the back...

Andy Taylor don't live here no more.


4 posted on 07/18/2006 2:06:29 PM PDT by Lexington Green (Peace Through Victory)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; Shooter 2.5; wku man; SLB; ...


5 posted on 07/18/2006 2:07:45 PM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism. *NRA*)
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To: rbalko

It's a bit ridiculous when the cops take down a building like SEAL Team Six on a tip that there's a bag of pot inside. Also, these "no-knock" raids are going to result in a lot of cops dying. If somebody kicks my door in without first announcing they're a cop, I'm going to start shooting.


6 posted on 07/18/2006 2:11:05 PM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: rbalko

Just obey your masters and it's unlikely you'll be killed and/or have everything trashed. If you end up in one of the unlikely situations, know that you were abused, or killed for a good cause.


7 posted on 07/18/2006 2:13:07 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: lesser_satan

The rise in these raids is probably the DIRECT result of allowing local PDs to used "siezed" assets as a funding source.


8 posted on 07/18/2006 2:14:24 PM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: rbalko

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1653296/posts


9 posted on 07/18/2006 2:14:54 PM PDT by Shimmer128 (I see dumb people, they're everywhere. They don't even know they're dumb.)
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To: rbalko

*goes back to digging tunnel in master closet* ;-)


10 posted on 07/18/2006 2:21:37 PM PDT by Normal4me
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To: spunkets
If you end up in one of the unlikely situations, know that you were abused, or killed for a good cause.

Of course, it's for the children.

11 posted on 07/18/2006 2:24:39 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: rbalko

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12 posted on 07/18/2006 2:30:04 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Delicacy, precision, force)
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To: lesser_satan

If somebody kicks my door in without first announcing they're a cop, I'm going to start shooting.



As I have posted before, there are four trends that are beginning to collide:
a) the "Castle Doctrine", which allows homeowners to shoot people who bust into their homes without fear of later prosecution
b) the increase of no-knock dynamic entry SWAT served warrants, where the SWAT team enters un-announced
c) by treating such entries as "every day events", mistakes are increasing, resulting in SWAT teams invading the wrong house; and
d) the increase in the press coverage of criminal gangs that perform home invasions claiming to be police

Without the castle doctrine, homeowners hesitate and get shot by SWAT, or get shot by home invaders.

With the castle doctrine, homeowners shoot a home invader or two before they decide to leave, and/or shoot a SWATtie before they get shot themselves and/or get prosecuted for shooting at police (" ... of course we announced that we were police ...").

Until a SWAT team leader goes to Jail for "criminally negligent homicide" for invading the wrong house and shooting an innocent homeowner (i.e., he should have known that lethal force might result in an innocent death unless he triple checked the address), nothing will change.


13 posted on 07/18/2006 2:30:06 PM PDT by Mack the knife
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To: ElkGroveDan

SWAT HAND SIGNALS

14 posted on 07/18/2006 2:31:01 PM PDT by DCBryan1 ( HeadOFF Apply directly to the neck! HeadOFF Apply directly to the neck !(Avail. only from Muslims))
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To: Lexington Green

Unfortunately you are right..


15 posted on 07/18/2006 2:37:08 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: rbalko

This thread has been open for 40 minutes, yet the apologists for the thugs in black have yet to respond. The usual suspects must be asleep.


16 posted on 07/18/2006 2:43:32 PM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: sgtbono2002

BFL


17 posted on 07/18/2006 2:54:19 PM PDT by oyez (The way to punish a providence is to allow it to be governed by philosophers. --Frederick the Great)
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To: DCBryan1

missing only one picture were they are all huddled together ,so they can have the courage to go in the house.
most of the cops around here are scared of thier own shadows.


18 posted on 07/18/2006 2:55:48 PM PDT by righthand man (WE'RE SOUTHERN AND PROUD OF IT)
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To: rbalko

bump


19 posted on 07/18/2006 2:58:55 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (You can't qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it-Sherman)
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To: rbalko

bump


20 posted on 07/18/2006 2:58:57 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (You can't qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it-Sherman)
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To: lesser_satan
Yep. Frankly it's a little difficult to come up with a lot of sympathy with a team of armed folks whose first action is to put everyone in the room on their face and in restraints and then figure out if anybody might not have that coming.

The police NEED community support. This kind of crap on the part of non-locals will ensure that the locals suffer. Bad, bad idea.

21 posted on 07/18/2006 2:59:28 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: All

ping-a-ling-a-ding-dong for later


22 posted on 07/18/2006 2:59:54 PM PDT by nerdwithamachinegun (All generalizations are wrong.)
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To: Wallace T.

BUT...


If you have not done anything wrong, you have nothing to be afraid of!

BAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa get in line!


23 posted on 07/18/2006 3:03:49 PM PDT by DariusBane (I do not separate people, as do the narrow-minded, into Greeks and barbarians.)
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To: DCBryan1

* ROFLOL!!! *


24 posted on 07/18/2006 3:04:21 PM PDT by TChris (Banning DDT wasn't about birds. It was about power.)
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To: Darteaus94025

Actually, it's the result of increased lawsuits...

If SWAT is available, is not used, and somebody gets killed (police OR bad Guy), the lawsuits fly...

Blame the trial attorneys, not some unseen hand of a totalitarian government...


25 posted on 07/18/2006 3:07:38 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Terrorism-You Reap What You Appease........)
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To: rbalko

Another legacy of the Clinton Administration. Remember Waco?
Ruby Ridge. How many law abiding gun owners were rushed by ATF SWAT teams? When there was no need.


26 posted on 07/18/2006 3:07:58 PM PDT by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: rbalko

Pretend this is training. Training for . . . something moderately general; moderately specific.

What might that be?


27 posted on 07/18/2006 3:12:47 PM PDT by Quix (PRAY AND WORK WHILE THERE'S DAY! ManI y very dark nights are looming. Thankfully, God is still God!)
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To: Mack the knife
As I have posted before, there are four trends that are beginning to collide: a) the "Castle Doctrine", which allows homeowners to shoot people who bust into their homes without fear of later prosecution b) the increase of no-knock dynamic entry SWAT served warrants, where the SWAT team enters un-announced

Indeed they have:

Ranch-coveting officials settle for killing owner

28 posted on 07/18/2006 3:14:28 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: Billthedrill

The police NEED community support. This kind of crap on the part of non-locals will ensure that the locals suffer. Bad, bad idea.
= = = =

Therefore, WHY is it going on--especially on such a scale?


29 posted on 07/18/2006 3:16:41 PM PDT by Quix (PRAY AND WORK WHILE THERE'S DAY! ManI y very dark nights are looming. Thankfully, God is still God!)
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To: Badray

Ping.

For the children......indeed.


30 posted on 07/18/2006 3:18:32 PM PDT by Conservative Goddess (Politiae legibus, non leges politiis, adaptandae)
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To: rbalko
If that's really you, Senor Balko, I am a big fan.

If it's not, nice post. I was trying to get to this one yesterday.

31 posted on 07/18/2006 3:22:30 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: tcrlaf
Blame the trial attorneys, not some unseen hand of a totalitarian government...

is there a difference?

32 posted on 07/18/2006 3:22:50 PM PDT by King Prout (many complain I am overly literal... this would not be a problem if fewer people were under-precise)
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To: neverdem

Does that include Vicki Weaver's baby and other kids?


33 posted on 07/18/2006 3:28:32 PM PDT by american spirit
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To: rbalko

Of course if we were using these tactics against our real enemies I would have no problem - but then CAIR would raise hell and we can't have that now can we.


34 posted on 07/18/2006 3:28:49 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: ElkGroveDan

Law enforcement types going after small time thugs (Bucky Phillips) and shooting dead ATB drivers without helmets and little kids (Elian) while handling terrorists with kid gloves makes most people mad.

A sickness grows amongst them.


35 posted on 07/18/2006 3:34:00 PM PDT by eleni121 (General Draza Mihailovich: We will never forget you - the hero of World War Two)
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To: rbalko
Image hosted by Photobucket.com ha... back in the early 80's, Elmira just HAD to have a SWAT team.

on their first deployment... one of those jokers shot the team leader to death!!!

he was reassigned to "Officer Friendly" duty in the schools ever since.

36 posted on 07/18/2006 3:44:51 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: freepatriot32

Ping


37 posted on 07/18/2006 3:51:53 PM PDT by JTN ("I came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I'm all out of bubble gum.")
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To: rbalko

I knew a guy that strangled himself in Las Vegas. The Metro Bad Boys just "didn't reach him in time". His crime? --- cohabitation with a known streetwalker.


38 posted on 07/18/2006 3:55:21 PM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: Mack the knife
If somebody kicks my door in without first announcing they're a cop, I'm going to start shooting.

One would be foolish not to.

39 posted on 07/18/2006 3:59:06 PM PDT by Rate_Determining_Step (US Military - Draining the Swamp of Terrorism since 2001!)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Seems DAs don't want the bad publicity of these things going to trial. Sounds like time is ripe for a nationwide "insurance" policy that has the following.

If you are killed in a no-knock raid we will sue on your estate's behalf.

We will litigate as long as they will and not settle.

Your estate WILL GET IT'S DAY IN COURT.

A couple dozen of these and you'll see Rambo units rightfully retired.
40 posted on 07/18/2006 4:06:23 PM PDT by Rate_Determining_Step (US Military - Draining the Swamp of Terrorism since 2001!)
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To: Darteaus94025
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I have a retired SWAT neighbor who now agrees that it has gone way too far. I would go as far as limiting the use of BDU type clothes and put COPS back in blazers and forbid military hair cuts. My neighbor calls many of these PO'S wana bees. Not good enough for the SEALS, Rangers or Green Beret or his favorite Force Recon (Semper Fi).
41 posted on 07/18/2006 4:08:01 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist
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To: ElkGroveDan
I read the WND article, and although I don't trust anything coming from that rag, it was a disturbing story, and not a unique story. The biggest mistake we have made is allowing the courts and law enforcement to use seized assets for their own ends. As far as the generally disagreeable personality of cops...Well, cops will be cops, which is why we have a bill of rights and the ability to sue their a$$ in court.
42 posted on 07/18/2006 4:48:59 PM PDT by DariusBane (I do not separate people, as do the narrow-minded, into Greeks and barbarians.)
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To: Conservative Goddess

"For the children......indeed."

The new phrase I see being parroted by public offcials is "it's for the family".


43 posted on 07/18/2006 5:02:08 PM PDT by dljordan
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To: DariusBane
I read the WND article, and although I don't trust anything coming from that rag,

I've been following the story for years, having grown up in those parts. I can vouch for the main facts of their article.

44 posted on 07/18/2006 5:03:13 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: DCBryan1
Heh-heh. That's why I have all that bandwidth available. $:-)
45 posted on 07/18/2006 5:04:35 PM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism. *NRA*)
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To: DCBryan1

Hilarious!

and self-ping for further perusal at leisure


46 posted on 07/18/2006 5:25:47 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (Suicide Bomb Instructor: "Now pay attention, I'm only gonna do this once...")
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To: spunkets

Hell, it is unlawful to resist arrest even if the cop is completely in the wrong.


47 posted on 07/18/2006 5:32:55 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: rbalko

Then they hire PR firms to tell us how great they are and that we should respect them. Only the stupid buy it.


48 posted on 07/18/2006 6:13:57 PM PDT by Spirited
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To: DariusBane
which is why we have a bill of rights and the ability to sue their a$$ in court.

With frighteningly increasing frequency, police actions are becoming "administrative sanctions", with no opportunity for a court.

This is the way they do speed and red light cameras.

Soon, the SWAT teams move will be against the house, not against the people.

That way, you have no defendant(s).

You have to have both plaintiffs and defendants to get to court (and by the way, individuals generally cannot sue a government without its permission).

49 posted on 07/18/2006 8:06:46 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: elkfersupper

Was a cop for about 40 years. Retired last April. Had six OIS's but only one on an entry. (and that WAS a bad guy).

Where do you guys live that you have such FEAR of YOUR police departments? Where are the stats on how many wrong houses have been hit/innocent homeowners being shot. I admit there are some and any is too many, but come on guys. Sounds like the stuff of urban legends.

BTW It's not what you believe, but what you know that counts.


50 posted on 07/18/2006 9:38:28 PM PDT by oneolcop
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