Thursday, May 17, 2007

SWAT teams are just unAmerican

Police SWAT teams have taken on a life of their own and have just gotten out of hand.

they've become an integral part of the tendency for police to just run amok, unsupervised and unaccountable.

The 4th amendment doesn't even apply.

Look at this picture.

Police departments just do not need to engage in military style invasions as a regular part of doing business. But that's what police departments large and small do -- violent invasions of homes as the default approach to service of the simplest warrants has become the norm. It's surprised more police aren't killed as a result.

There's almost no oversight. Judges routinely sign off on boilerplate warrants and many SWAT intrusions are done as part of multi-jurisdiction task forces which report to no one.

It's gotten so out of hand that I don't know how we'll get it under control, but it really is destroying what little is left of the fabric of competent police work in this country.

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