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All too many of our nation's police nowadays imagine themselves as military heroes protecting the citizenry from... from whom?  It seems the citizenry needs protecting from the police.  Why else would a small town like Salinas, Calif need a vehicle like this?



These guys wear shades.  But during raids they wear masks.

Where do the vehicles come from?  Often from the Pentagon, which is so awash in money and unused, unwanted equipment and materiel that they're giving it away.

One major problem with police misbehaviour is that the police are virtually never held responsible for it.  In the rare occasions that there are lawsuits, any judgements are paid for by taxpayers and insurers.  So there's absolutely no incentive for the police to clean up their act.  What's more, the judges who facilitate and protect police crimes are protected by absolute immunity.  That's how our law works--absolute immunity, no matter what they do.

The way the law reads--and the way it's prosecuted today--police in the process of attacking your home can enter by force, without notice or warning, and essentially do whatever they want to in the process.  And judges protect them to the hilt.



Radley Balko, who normally writes for the HuffPost and other websites, is running a series of articles on his blog on the Washington Post's site. 
Proving that even Presstitutes sometimes do that stopped-clock thing.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2014/02/04/scenes-from-a-militarized-america-iowa-family-terrorized/


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2014/01/29/swat-america/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2014/01/30/the-drug-war-works-its-way-into-your-pants/


  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2014/01/31/utahs-police-reform-movement-confronts-political-realities/

Why do police have to destroy security cameras, webcams, and cameraphones wherever they are?


Some highlights:
"judges almost always approve search warrants, and even when thereís the occasional judge who asks tough questions, police know to avoid him and go to a judge known more for wielding a rubber stamp"

"
the Denver Post looked into how judges in that city handled requests for no-knock warrants. Over the course the prior year, police in Denver requested 163 no-knock warrants. The cityís judges granted 158 of them. Defense lawyers told the paper they were surprised the judges had rejected five."

"a legislator in Georgia suggested an amendment to a bill that would have prohibited the use of SWAT teams for misdemeanor crimes. The amendment failed, after lobbying from law enforcement groups."

 A user comment:

Patrick

Doesnít surprise me. Almost 5 years ago today, they did the same to me. Beat on my door with weapons drawn, tore through my apartment, etc. And get this: not only was there not a warrant, but no crime. Ever. It started because my ex and I had an argument over the phone. She got crabby and called police. Somehow the dispatcher called it out as a hostage situation with an armed gunman. I was alone in my apartment, unarmed, and sleeping on a Sunday morning one minute, and a second later I am on the floor face down in my underwear with a dozen Ankeny cops in full assault gear hovering over me with Glocks and ARís. Twenty minutes later when they realized they were there for all the wrong reasons, they just left. Talk about one hell of a way to wake up in the morning! Worst law enforcement agency I have ever seen.






8 Feb 14
Update!  The police in the Iowa case have attempted to justify their techniques. 
They had to do the full military-assault thing, they now say, because someone in the house was licensed to carry a firearm.  Therefore, if you want to remain safe, make sure you don't have a license for your gun.
That's the liberal, anti-gun rights, Washington Post version.
Imagine what the actual truth of the matter is.



What say you?


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