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
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
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
Why do police have to destroy security cameras,
webcams, and cameraphones wherever they are?
"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
"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
"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:
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
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
the liberal, anti-gun rights, Washington Post
Imagine what the actual truth of the matter is.