Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ameirica's rising paramilitary police

It seems American law enforcement grows ever more heavy handed.

The Economist comes up with quite the nugget here:
Peter Kraska, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Justice Studies, estimates that SWAT teams were deployed about 3,000 times in 1980 but are now used around 50,000 times a year. Some cities use them for routine patrols in high-crime areas. Baltimore and Dallas have used them to break up poker games. In 2010 New Haven, Connecticut sent a SWAT team to a bar suspected of serving under-age drinkers. That same year heavily-armed police raided barber shops around Orlando, Florida; they said they were hunting for guns and drugs but ended up arresting 34 people for “barbering without a licence”.
Plenty more to chew on in the whole Economist article.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Doug;

    I have commented about the militarization of the police, it is soo easy to run the SWAT team out for a regular call and that is when accidents happen, family pet gets shot among other things and then they throw around the word "Officer safety" as an excuse to cover up a multitudes of right violations.