About every 2 weeks, somewhere in the US, a SWAT team raids the wrong home  

The Increasing Militarization of the America’s Police

“A Man’s Home is his Castle.”

–A proverbial expression that illustrates the principle of individual privacy, which is fundamental to the American system of government. In this regard, the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution — part of the Bill of Rights — prohibits “unreasonable searches and seizures.”

Last month in Atlanta, a SWAT Team raided the home of–a DJ?

Last night, a federal SWAT team assisted the RIAA in a raid on the studio of Atlanta musician DJ Drama.

Assuming for a moment that RIAA and federal officials do indeed know the difference between a mash-up DJ and a bootleg operation, and that they did find evidence of actual piracy in the bust, there’s still the problem of why RIAA officials were participating in a police action, and why a SWAT team was used to raid a professional studio under investigation for a nonviolent, white-collar crime.

Every two weeks, on average, somewhere in the U.S., a SWAT Team breaks into the house of an innocent person–in many cases, killing them.

According to Michigan State University:

All over the country local police forces are fielding high-tech, heavily armed SWAT teams to handle non-crisis situations. Within the police, these elite, highly militarized units have fueled a culture of violence and racial antagonism.

In the last 22 years, there have been 299 SWAT Team raids in the United States on the homes or apartments of innocent Americans.

Many of these have resulted in the death of people whose only crime was that they were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

According to the Cato Instute:
Americans have long maintained that a man’s home is his castle and that he has the right to defend it from unlawful intruders. Unfortunately, that right may be disappearing.

Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work.

The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home.

These increasingly frequent raids, 40,000 per year by one estimate, are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers.

How many wrong raids have occurred since 2000? Who are some of the grandmothers, teenagers and unarmed Americans killed by this raids?

Read rest of story:

Death Wear a Badge: SWAT Teams Gone Wild 

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Death Wear a Badge: SWAT Teams Gone Wild 

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at
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