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Who Will Protect You from the Police? The Rise of Government-Sanctioned Home Invasions
The Times Weekly.Com ^ | October 23, 2013 | John W. Whitehead

Posted on 10/24/2013 11:32:32 AM PDT by Q-ManRN

Before I go any further, let me start by saying this: the problem is not that all police are bad. The problem, is that increasing numbers of police officers are badly trained, illiterate when it comes to the Constitution, especially the Fourth Amendment, and, in some cases, willfully ignorant about the fact that they are supposed to be peacekeepers working for us, the taxpayer.

Unfortunately, with every passing week, we are hearing more and more horror stories in which homeowners are injured or killed simply because they mistook a SWAT team raid by police for a home invasion by criminals. Never mind that the unsuspecting homeowner, woken from sleep by the sounds of a violent entry, has no way of distinguishing between a home invasion by a criminal as opposed to a government agent. Too often, the destruction of life and property wrought by the police is no less horrifying than that carried out by criminal invaders.

Actually, we may be worse off today than our colonial ancestors when one considers the extent to which courts have sanctioned the use of no-knock raids by police SWAT teams (occurring at a rate of 70,000 to 80,000 a year and growing); the arsenal of lethal weapons available to local police agencies; the ease with which courts now dispense search warrants based often on little more than a suspicion of wrongdoing; and the inability of police to distinguish between reasonable suspicion and the higher standard of probable cause, the latter of which is required by the Constitution before any government official can search an individual or his property.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; fourthamendment; homeinvasion; police; warriorcops
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I maybe old fashion, but I miss the neighborhood beat cop who walked the beat. He knew the decent folks in the neighborhood by name and he knew the troublemakers too. He talked with you. You felt connected to that officer and like he cared about you and your family. He was there to serve and protect you.

Today, cops zoom by you in a police car and you only talk to them when their is a problem or a community event. They kick in your door or shoot you in the middle of the night because they do not know you from Adam and your name is just another name in their report.

I was browsing in a store yesterday that sells tactical apparel and gear and that store is naturally frequently by police officers. The whole time that I was there, police officers basically ignored me. If I smiled at them or said "hello", their acknowledgement was either non-existent or almost imperceptible as they walked by me. One officer insulted the store owner who was not there and then asked the clerk for a police discount.

All too often, I hear about police officers being accused of crimes themselves or losing their jobs doing things that would have landed me in jail.

This is what happens when police become aloof and too far removed from the average citizen that they are supposed to serve. It becomes too easy for police to see themselves as powerful enforcers rather than humble community servants. And it is this same empowered aloofness that opens the door to the militarization of police.

We need less SWAT teams and more beat cops walking the beat.

1 posted on 10/24/2013 11:32:32 AM PDT by Q-ManRN
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To: Q-ManRN

Entrance IEDs.


2 posted on 10/24/2013 11:33:30 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Q-ManRN
homeowners are injured or killed simply because they mistook a SWAT team raid by police for a home invasion by criminals

Probably because of the balaclavas they wear...?

3 posted on 10/24/2013 11:35:13 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: Q-ManRN

Today, cops zoom by you in a police car...

...with its windows tinted black...


4 posted on 10/24/2013 11:35:22 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: gonzo; MinuteGal; M Kehoe; mcmuffin; Matchett-PI; Seeking the truth; JulieRNR21; surfer; ...

ping


5 posted on 10/24/2013 11:36:02 AM PDT by Q-ManRN (Progressivism is regressive!)
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To: Q-ManRN
I live in an old 'hood where the USPS still has walking routes. These are apparently coveted routes and AFAICR we've had but two (main) MailMEN over 30+ years.

They know all, are friends with the indigenous dogs and peeps, and get a big neighborhood party at retirement.

6 posted on 10/24/2013 11:37:10 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Q-ManRN

After they pick granpa and granma up off the floor, they issue an ‘apology.’

An apology is not enough. Those people were MURDERED! People need to go to jail for life!

If you defend yourself against an invasion, you are not in the wrong!


7 posted on 10/24/2013 11:37:21 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Q-ManRN
Yes.

Our police departments need to recruit more Andy Taylors, fewer Barney Fifes, and absolutely no "Rambos".

Unfortunately, today it seems they employ huge numbers of Rambo/Barney Fife hybrids and very few Andy Taylors.

8 posted on 10/24/2013 11:39:53 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: grobdriver

That, and the fact that it appears they quite often do not identify themselves until after the shooting starts.


9 posted on 10/24/2013 11:41:20 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: WayneS

It is more important that police recruits speak Mexican or qualify for same sex marriage.

Seriously, it is a societal issue. People in general have become more detach whether it is because cell phones or just being pricks is a subjective interpretation.


10 posted on 10/24/2013 11:45:05 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: WayneS

just this week on the freeway a sheriff squad cut in front of me and the next lane, to get off the freeway, no signals, no lights on, just being a jerk.


11 posted on 10/24/2013 11:50:00 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: WayneS

why? read freedom from war, state dept pub 7277.

this is what swat and leos are being turned into.


12 posted on 10/24/2013 11:51:00 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: WayneS

I like those analogies!


13 posted on 10/24/2013 11:54:20 AM PDT by Q-ManRN (Progressivism is regressive!)
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To: Paladin2

That is a wonderful example of my point. Thank you.


14 posted on 10/24/2013 11:56:38 AM PDT by Q-ManRN (Progressivism is regressive!)
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To: Q-ManRN
Spot the similarities in the photos!

"Remember, it's for your safety!"


"Juden, rouse!"



"Everybody out!"
15 posted on 10/24/2013 11:56:41 AM PDT by Darteaus94025 (Phony President)
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To: Q-ManRN

The sum total of my 52 years of experience on this planet is that cops’ purpose is to raise money for the welfare state by harassing innocent citizens attempting to legally go about their day.

If they want to change my opinion, formed by every single interaction with cops I’ve ever had, they can start now. They have the next 50 years to convince me to the contrary.

Cops never enforce the law against bad guys. They always bust innocent moms and dads trying their best to follow the law. That’s all I’ve ever seen.


16 posted on 10/24/2013 11:57:24 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If you like the website, you'll love the healthcare!)
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To: Q-ManRN

Thanks. I think they are quite apropos in today’s society.

And they have the added benefit of being simple enough that even most liberals can understand them.


17 posted on 10/24/2013 11:57:25 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: Q-ManRN
This is what happens when police become aloof and too far removed from the average citizen that they are supposed to serve.

And of course that aloofness is the natural result of having professional standards handed down that can not be defended in discussion with responsible, informed, educated citizens.

How does a cop justify lying to a suspect who is "presumed innocent" for the purpose of obtaining incriminating information? How does a cop justify mistaking a sidearm for a tazer? How does a cop justify doing otherwise actionable damage to a person or property, using intimidation and violent action under the rubric of "fearing for their personal safety?"

The short answer is: they don't. They just keep their mouths shut and continue about their business.

18 posted on 10/24/2013 11:59:52 AM PDT by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: Q-ManRN
This is what happens when police become aloof and too far removed from the average citizen that they are supposed to serve.

And of course that aloofness is the natural result of having professional standards handed down that can not be defended in discussion with responsible, informed, educated citizens.

How does a cop justify lying to a suspect who is "presumed innocent" for the purpose of obtaining incriminating information? How does a cop justify mistaking a sidearm for a tazer? How does a cop justify doing otherwise actionable damage to a person or property, using intimidation and violent action under the rubric of "fearing for their personal safety?"

The short answer is: they don't. They just keep their mouths shut and continue about their business.

19 posted on 10/24/2013 11:59:53 AM PDT by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: Q-ManRN

The cops are just the most well armed and organized gang in two of the four cities I’ve lived in.

I would never call them. They’re plain dangerous.


20 posted on 10/24/2013 11:59:56 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If you like the website, you'll love the healthcare!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I saw a cop blow about 5 laws and cause a massive pileup all in order to get behind a 55 y.o. Hispanic lady who was doing about 64 in a 60 so he could give her a ticket.


21 posted on 10/24/2013 12:01:52 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If you like the website, you'll love the healthcare!)
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To: Q-ManRN

You’re welcome (not an accident...)


22 posted on 10/24/2013 12:07:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Q-ManRN

Not only that, the current mail”person” tends to carry dog treats, owns two dogs of his own and literally and figuratively has the ‘hood dogs eating out of his hand.


23 posted on 10/24/2013 12:11:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Secret Agent Man
That's why many Ruskie "citizens" have dash cams available 24/7.

Time to arm yourself with a Dash Surveillance/Security Cam.

24 posted on 10/24/2013 12:13:55 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Resolute Conservative

Garbage. The blame is first and foremost on the cops who commit these acts. No excuses or blame-shifting.


25 posted on 10/24/2013 12:15:52 PM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: papertyger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc


26 posted on 10/24/2013 12:18:25 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: WayneS

I watch Andy Griffith show quite often. It takes me away to a much better time, and I can temporarily forget today’s craziness.


27 posted on 10/24/2013 12:19:50 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Uncle Miltie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yn0UgcTYuk


28 posted on 10/24/2013 12:21:19 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Q-ManRN
Who?

Me.

29 posted on 10/24/2013 12:33:42 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: Paladin2

You are lucky! That sounds like Mayberry.


30 posted on 10/24/2013 12:34:16 PM PDT by Q-ManRN (Progressivism is regressive!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Thugs. Officially sanctioned and wearing a badge, but, thugs....


31 posted on 10/24/2013 12:34:21 PM PDT by FAA
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

That is the spirit!


32 posted on 10/24/2013 12:35:15 PM PDT by Q-ManRN (Progressivism is regressive!)
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To: Q-ManRN
I miss the neighborhood beat cop who walked the beat. He knew the decent folks in the neighborhood by name and he knew the troublemakers too.


33 posted on 10/24/2013 12:36:10 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: Q-ManRN

When the ATF and FBI massacred the Branch Davidians and then a Republican Congress gave them cover, this is what caused be to begin reassessing my support for law enforcement and politicians. Everything that has happened since then has confirmed my mistrust of government and all of its servants.


34 posted on 10/24/2013 12:39:55 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Lol! That’s the idea.


35 posted on 10/24/2013 12:40:08 PM PDT by Q-ManRN (Progressivism is regressive!)
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To: Paladin2

I’ve been to McCook (you can look it up if U are tipped as to where to look). The peeps I ran into were upright and salt of the Earth.


36 posted on 10/24/2013 12:41:43 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Q-ManRN

The federal government strongly encouraged police departments across the US to abandon the “Old West” style of policing and adopt SWAT training and tactics, starting in the 1970s, in the wake of several publicized police assassinations by leftist terrorist groups.

It was one of several major mistakes that were made in policy that only now it is obvious were fatally flawed and needed to be reversed. In particular, gun control, starting in 1968; the Supreme Court ending capital punishment from 1972-1976; and the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

However, it is long past time for the states to recognize that adopting SWAT training and tactics was a mistake, and one that resulted in *more* police *and* civilians being wounded and killed.

This begins with a state law that, “no matter that the federal government says is legal”, police are *required* to obtain written warrants from authorized state judges before they may execute a search. That is, by state law restricting the use of warrantless searches, and strictly limiting how police can perform “exigency” searches (a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger or the imminent destruction of evidence) that requires immediate action.)

Next, the state mandates reforms to state police academy training, to train them to *not* be abusive; to *not* brandish their weapon unless they intend to shoot to kill; along with anti-aggression, anti-steroids, and violence avoidance techniques.

Likewise, the academy should give them some common sense rules, especially when dealing with young children, the infirm or incapacitated, the mentally ill and the elderly. For example, if called to a school to arrest a student who pointed his finger while going “bang bang”, the officer should instead offer to cite the principal for wasting police time with frivolous calls.


37 posted on 10/24/2013 12:45:07 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Welfare is the new euphemism for Eugenics.)
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To: Q-ManRN
Who Will Protect You from the Police? The Rise of Government-Sanctioned Home Invasions

Anybody who kicks my door in with no announcement or warning will be treated equally.......

38 posted on 10/24/2013 12:47:26 PM PDT by Envisioning (It's the Jihad, stupid......)
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To: attiladhun2
When the ATF and FBI massacred the Branch Davidians and then a Republican Congress gave them cover, this is what caused be to begin reassessing my support for law enforcement and politicians. Everything that has happened since then has confirmed my mistrust of government and all of its servants.

You are instructed to forget that, citizen. Obey the lawful orders of the State. Your compliance is patriotic.
39 posted on 10/24/2013 12:47:26 PM PDT by Robert Teesdale
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To: Ken H

Don’t think I was shifting blame, lots of people in general suck, some of them become police officers or elected officials.


40 posted on 10/24/2013 12:48:20 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Q-ManRN
It's actually a People's Republic where I bought into a (former) Republican Ward (One of two of five at the time) before the whole place went progressive 0ne Party.

In the decade B4 2008 we had any number of modest houses torn down (even basements pulled out) and turned into McMansions.

Since my older 'rat neighbors pulled up stakes, they no longer try to attack me using the City attorney and code cops. (After I retired and had more time, I used the courts to repulse their attacks).

Still, it's way past time to move West (SD, Wyo., Mont., E. Wash.)

41 posted on 10/24/2013 12:54:13 PM PDT by Paladin2
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"..Branch Davidians... "

Never neglect that H0lder had his oar dipped deep into the waters there.

42 posted on 10/24/2013 12:59:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Sensible ideas. Thank you.


43 posted on 10/24/2013 1:00:31 PM PDT by Q-ManRN (Progressivism is regressive!)
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To: Q-ManRN

As a human being the ONLY person responsible for my protection is me..


44 posted on 10/24/2013 1:02:34 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go tave atteno sign for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Never neglect the (Dog) Constitutional rights of Dogs (esp., Labs, Goldens, Pointers, (most) Shepards, Healers, (big) Poodles, most large mixes, etc)


45 posted on 10/24/2013 1:03:59 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Q-ManRN
Maybe we need to stop calling SWAT team home invasions an "unreasonable search" violation of the 4th amendment, and start calling it an "illegal quartering of soldiers" violation of the 3rd amendment.

-PJ

46 posted on 10/24/2013 1:04:11 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Q-ManRN
"You are lucky! That sounds like Mayberry."

Twenty+ years ago, we were able to let our young kids run up and down the sidewalks connecting the yards to engage in free-form play (much like my own youth of being gone all day 'till dinnertime).

It could still happen but the neighbors with young kids are into much more structured/monitored little-kid play. (who could complain?)

47 posted on 10/24/2013 1:10:52 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: attiladhun2
When the ATF and FBI massacred the Branch Davidians and then a Republican Congress gave them cover, this is what caused be to begin reassessing my support for law enforcement and politicians.

Me too. I remember listening on the radio and just getting sick. Then, right in front of me, cops ran a car off the road and started wailing on the guy. I have no idea what for, maybe he deserved it. But that was a turning point in my life.

Looking back, the MOVE thing in Philly was a turning point. Remember that? We might not have found that group sympathetic. Just like the Left didn't like the Branch Davidians and Randy Weaver. So we didn't object when they dropped a bomb on Americans, killed five kids, and burned down 60 family homes. I knew people who were all for it.

48 posted on 10/24/2013 1:46:46 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

You have got that right!


49 posted on 10/24/2013 1:57:27 PM PDT by Q-ManRN (Progressivism is regressive!)
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To: Darteaus94025

The Krauts had snappier uniforms.


50 posted on 10/24/2013 2:16:17 PM PDT by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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