Skip to comments.10 facts on SWATification of America
Posted on 06/27/2014 8:37:20 AM PDT by holymoly
The number of SWAT team raids in the United States every year is now more than 25 times higher than it was back in 1980. As America has conducted wars overseas in recent years, our police forces have become increasingly militarized as well. And without a doubt, many of our cities have become much more dangerous places. Thanks to relentless illegal immigration, drug cartels are thriving and there are now at least 1.4 million gang members living in the United States. But there are many that believe that the militarization of our police forces has gone way too far. Almost weekly, SWAT team brutality somewhere in America makes national headlines. You are about to read about a couple of horrific examples of this below. Once upon a time, police in America were helpful and friendly and the public generally trusted them. But now our police forces are being transformed into military-style units that often act like they are in the middle of Iraq or Afghanistan. The following are 10 facts about the SWATification of America that everyone should know
#1 In 1980, there were approximately 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States. Now, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year in this country.
#2 79 percent of the time, SWAT teams are deployed to private homes.
#3 50 percent of the victims of SWAT raids are either black or Latino.
#4 In 65 percent of SWAT deployments, a battering ram, boot, or some sort of explosive device is used to gain forced entry to a home.
#5 62 percent of all SWAT raids involve a search for drugs.
#6 In at least 36 percent of all SWAT raids, no contraband of any kind is found by the police.
#7 In cases where it is suspected that there is a weapon in the home, police only find a weapon 35 percent of the time.
#8 More than 100 American families have their homes raided by SWAT teams every single day.
#9 Only 7 percent of all SWAT deployments are for hostage, barricade or active-shooter scenarios.
#10 Even small towns are getting SWAT teams now. 30 years ago, only 25.6 percent of communities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team. Now, that number has increased to 80 percent.
And thanks to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, police forces all over the nation are being showered with billions of dollars of military equipment that is coming home from overseas. The following is what a recent Time Magazine article had to say about this phenomenon
As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have wound down, police departments have been obtaining military equipment, vehicles and uniforms that have flowed directly from the Department of Defense. According to a new report by the ACLU, the federal government has funneled $4.3 billion of military property to law enforcement agencies since the late 1990s, including $450 million worth in 2013. Five hundred law enforcement agencies have received Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, built to withstand bomb blasts. More than 15,000 items of military protective equipment and battle dress uniforms, or fatigues worn by the U.S. Army, have been transferred. The report includes details of police agencies in towns like North Little Rock, Ark., (pop: 62,000), which has 34 automatic and semi-automatic rifles, a Mamba tactical vehicle and two MARCbots, which are armed robots designed for use in Afghanistan.
But when you start arming the police like military units and your start training them like military units, eventually they start acting like military units and the results are often quite frightening.
For example, just check out what happened when a SWAT team in Florida raided the home of one young couple earlier this month
At approximately 6:16 am on June 10th, 2014, Kari Edwards and her live-in boyfriend were seized upon by a SWAT team who smashed in the door and using flashbangs and armed to the teeth, swarmed upon the couple and even stripped Ms. Edwards naked in the process.
The couple says that the group entailed personnel from DHS, for whom Edwards once worked. After smashing in the door, the tactical team threw in flashbang grenades, traumatizing their cat and swarmed upon Edwardss boyfriend and Edwards who had just gotten out of the shower.
They busted in like I was a terrorist or something, Edwards said.
[An officer] demanded that I drop the towel I was covering my naked body with before snatching it off me physically and throwing me to the ground.
While I lay naked, I was cuffed so tightly I could not feel my hands. For no reason, at gunpoint, Edwards said. [Agents] refused to cover me, no matter how many times I asked.
That is the kind of thing that I would expect to happen in Nazi Germany, not the United States of America.
But this next example is even more horrifying. The following is what one mother says happened to her 2-year-old son when a SWAT team raided her home
After the SWAT team broke down the door, they threw a flashbang grenade inside. It landed in my sons crib.
Flashbang grenades were created for soldiers to use during battle. When they explode, the noise is so loud and the flash is so bright that anyone close by is temporarily blinded and deafened. Its been three weeks since the flashbang exploded next to my sleeping baby, and hes still covered in burns.
Theres still a hole in his chest that exposes his ribs. At least thats what Ive been told; Im afraid to look.
My husbands nephew, the one they were looking for, wasnt there. He doesnt even live in that house. After breaking down the door, throwing my husband to the ground, and screaming at my children, the officers armed with M16s filed through the house like they were playing war. They searched for drugs and never found any.
I heard my baby wailing and asked one of the officers to let me hold him. He screamed at me to sit down and shut up and blocked my view, so I couldnt see my son. I could see a singed crib. And I could see a pool of blood. The officers yelled at me to calm down and told me my son was fine, that hed just lost a tooth.
Does that make you angry?
That young child is probably going to be disfigured for the rest of his life because of the brutality and the carelessness of that SWAT team.
Yes, we live in perilous times and many of our communities would rapidly descend into anarchy if there were no police.
But that does not mean that they have to act like Nazis. They should be able to protect us while treating us with dignity and respect at the same time.
So what do you think?
|"Theres a reason why you separate the military and the police. One fights the enemy of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people."
- Admiral William Adama
(Battlestar Galactica, Season 1, Ep. #2, "Water")
Where’s the Jack Boot Lickers to tell us why having a SWAT team bust into your home at 3am is a good thing?
Since I doubt that Hollywood writers are smart enough to come up with that quote, they probably swiped it from a real philosopher or political commentator. Does anyone have an idea about the original source?
Like every other government entity, the original mission becomes secondary to the continuation and growth of the organization.
If a government organization has the equipment and the training they will find a way and a place to use it.
If there are no circumstances to justify their existence they will manufacture some.
The original mission is to intimidate and terrorize citizens
If there are no circumstances to justify their existence they will manufacture some
If if they kill some poor innocent schmuck or maim a baby, no harm no foul right? After all the police get to go home to their families at night don't they, and that's all that's important.
The old saw "When all you have is a hammer . . ."
Up-arming the police is also a great way to get around that pesky posse comitatus thingy.
I find it disturbing that SWAT teams are increasingly being used to serve routine warrants on non-violent offenders. It seems law enforcement, like all other parts of government suffers from a chronic lack of common sense.
That's the whole idea.
Remember The Waco Slaughter !!!
#9 Only 7 percent of all SWAT deployments are for hostage, barricade or active-shooter scenarios. - The only reason a SWAT team and/or no-Knock warrant should be used for.
They told their chief/sheriff that they desperately needed all sorts of hand-me-downs from Delta Force and he/she conceded. Now they have to justify having all of it around.
In my experience, unless its a hostage/barricaded gunman type thing, a simple unassuming knock on the door was more productive than anything else.
When the chinese stop lending us money and the Federal Government is forced to cut spending and the dead-beat “Amish” start rioting because their entitlements are cut it might be good to have heavily armed policeman to suppress the savages...
You mean like they did in New Orleans during Katrina?
In Los Angeles the LAPD was conspicuous by its absence in the Rodney King riots. Government buildings including police stations were heavily guarded but commercial property was fair game. Only citizens defending their own businesses kept some restraints on the blackamoors rioting and burning. Police will not, repeat will not be allowed to use deadly force against the Dem voting base no matter how much destruction they wreak. Blackamoors and increasingly Latinos are more equal than whitey and that is how it will be until white men start behaving as they once did.
LOL! You really think they’ll suppress “amish”?
They’re gonna let them roam free and pillage at will. If you’re a white, christian teabagger on the other hand you’re day-of-reckoning has arrived the day SWAT is unleashed upon society.
SWAT is getting out of hand, they should be under strict control where you only have 1, 2 or 3 per state although a side of me thinks maybe they should be banned. The militarization of law enforcement concerns me. I was sitting in my car eating lunch one time and noticed the local cop car parked next to me and I saw a CAR-15 inside. I can understand where if they need a shotgun handy, maybe a .30-30 Winchester but I think that is way overboard. Basically, they just need a revolver and a 1970’s era VHF/UHF walkie-talkie.
I live in a red state. If the Federal Government is forced to cut entitlements because of a lack of money than it will be upon State and Local governments to take care of themselves. The Fed’s won’t be able to protect the Amish...
Yeah, but if they don’t do no-knock entries in the middle of the night the suspects might manage to flush the evidence down the toilet and the raid would be for nought. And then they wouldn’t get to pursue civil asset forfeiture against the house and anything valuable they might find in it. And the cops wouldn’t get to play at being G.I. Joe with body armour, M16s, and armored cars nearly as often.
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