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  • Threat to Dallas police headquarters triggers SWAT response (they're on lockdown right now)

    07/09/2016 3:42:47 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 110 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | July 9. 2016 | Claire Ballor
    A possible threat against Dallas police put their headquarters on high alert Saturday afternoon, days after officers came under fire in downtown Dallas. The doors to the complex on South Lamar Street were locked and officers could be seen inside taking a defensive stance at the doors. [Snip] WFAA-TV (Channel 8) was reporting the threat came from an armed group in Houston.
  • Sources: DPD headquarters on lockdown, SWAT deployed for 'serious threat' ( live broadcast )

    07/09/2016 2:46:34 PM PDT · by blueyon · 234 replies
    WFAA.com ^ | 7/09/16 | Staff
    Sources tell NEWS 8 that Dallas Police Headquarters is under a lockdown Saturday afternoon due to a threat that is being 'taken seriously' by police. The lockdown was put into place shortly after 4 p.m. DPD SWAT has been deployed to headquarters, sources say.
  • Officers waited for SWAT at Orlando Pulse Shooting

    06/27/2016 5:21:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 54 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Early response outside of Pulse from Cell Phone Video Details are emerging about the Orlando Pulse Massacre.  It is clear that some of the first impressions were false.First, there was not any initial exchange of fire inside of the club.  Officers did not fire at the murderer in the club, or he at them, until the last few minutes, three hours later, when SWAT officers broke into the bathrooms through a wall. There was an initial exchange of gunfire, but it was outside of the club.  The off duty police officer/security officer quickly disengaged as the murderer entered the...
  • Archaeologists discover layers of Indo-Greek city in Swat

    06/26/2016 6:51:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    Dawn News ^ | Sunday, June 26, 2016 | Fazal Khaliq
    Archaeologists excavate Indo-Greek and Saka-Parthian structures at Bazira, Swat. -- Dawn photo Indo-Greek coins discovered during the recent excavation at Bazira, Barikot, Swat. Courtesy Italian Archaeological Mission in Swat Indo-Greek coins discovered during the recent excavation at Bazira, Barikot, Swat. Courtesy Italian Archaeological Mission in Swat Terracotta baroque female figurine, circa 3rd-2nd BC. Courtesy Italian Archaeological Mission in Swat Indo-Greek coins discovered during the recent excavation at Bazira, Barikot, Swat. Courtesy Italian Archaeological Mission in Swat
  • Vanity/Weird posting response message yesterday and today

    06/20/2016 11:25:37 AM PDT · by CGASMIA68 · 24 replies
    Got this response trying to post last eve and again today. "Return to article" is a link back to the article??? "Thank you for your contribution. Your comment has been submitted for review. Return to article." Now it has stopped just as it did last eve. Any one ever see this B$. Sent Jim Rob an email asking no reply as yet?
  • Officers may have shot Orlando club patrons

    06/17/2016 6:48:45 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 88 replies
    WFAA 8 ABC ^ | 14 June 2016 | Arek Sarkissian
    Omar Mateen, the killer who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State, hid in a bathroom at Pulse, a gay nightclub where he had slaughtered scores of people. A wall of cinder block separated him from a team of police officers outside. For three hours early Sunday morning, crisis negotiators tried to end the siege. Then Mateen — whom police said had acted “cool and calm” during discussions — talked about killing more people. Alarmed, police placed an explosive device against the wall and detonated it. The breach failed; the hole wasn’t large enough to allow for a successful rescue. A...
  • Minneapolis SWAT Team to Get New Uniforms to Change 'Militarized' Perception

    02/29/2016 7:38:08 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/29/16 | Jennie Lissarrague & Katherine Johnson
    The Minneapolis Police Department's SWAT team is getting new uniforms to minimize the perception of a "militarized" look. The police department said they will not eliminate any necessary equipment but will just change the color from military green to dark navy blue, which the department says is more consistent with traditional police uniform and equipment colors. Police department officials say they made the change after community members both locally and nationally voiced concerns about the militarized look of the SWAT team. They say the SWAT team is not a military unit and is not trained by the military, so they...
  • Frustrated Scammers Make 911 Calls, SWAT Team Surrounds Victim’s Home

    02/12/2016 8:20:52 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 19 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | 10 Feb, 2016 | CBS Denver
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) - It's a new twist on the old IRS scam and it ended with a Colorado Springs woman being surrounded by the SWAT team. According to KKTV, police swarmed the home on Windy Oaks Road near Northgate and Highway 83 on the north side of Colorado Springs on Tuesday after receiving several 911 calls. One call said the homeowner, Jim Davis, was threatening to kill other people. In another call someone pretending to be Jim Davis said armed men were outside demanding money.
  • Golden Hammer: Feds Spending Millions to Arm Agencies that Don't Need Guns (EPA, FDA, VA, etc.)

    01/09/2016 4:01:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Kellan Howell
    <p>As the U.S. engages in a national debate over the militarization of the police, federal data shows that government agencies charged with largely administrative roles are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase SWAT and military-style equipment.</p> <p>Since FY 2006, 44 traditionally administrative agencies have spent over $71 million on items like body armor, riot helmets and shields, cannon launchers and police firearms and ammunition, according to federal spending data from watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com.</p>
  • Federal judge: Drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause

    12/29/2015 6:06:30 PM PST · by Twotone · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 28, 2015 | Radley Balko
    In April 2012, a Kansas SWAT team raided the home of Robert and Addie Harte, their 7-year-old daughter and their 13-year-old son. The couple, both former CIA analysts, awoke to pounding at the door. When Robert Harte answered, SWAT agents flooded the home. He was told to lie on the floor. When Addie Harte came out to see what was going on, she saw her husband on his stomach as SWAT cop stood over him with a gun.
  • CO Police Respond to Reports of Active Shooter [captured #750] at Planned Parenthood Clinic

    11/27/2015 11:20:41 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 1,436 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11/27/2015 | Josh Feldman
    Colorado Springs police responded this afternoon to reports of an active shooter at a Planned Parenthood facility:
  • Government Seizes Sheriff’s Tracked Armored Vehicle At Behest Of Obama [VIDEO]

    11/19/2015 7:16:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 73 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/15 | Kerry Pickett
    Under orders from President Obama ,military surplus vehicles were seized from Calhoun County, Alabama Sheriff Larry Amerson Wednesday. For over 20 years, under the federal government’s 10-33 program, the Defense Department distributed military surplus equipment and vehicles to local law enforcement.However, following the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, over local law enforcement controversies, President Obama halted the program through an executive order. All vehicles from the program that were deemed too “militaristic looking” were to be confiscated from local law enforcement all over the country.“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people the feeling like there’s an...
  • Nisha Henderson Proves Herself in Provo

    10/14/2015 12:32:32 PM PDT · by w1n1
    AShooting Journal ^ | 10/14/2015 | Troy Taysom
    A mariner sailing in uncharted waters runs the risk of hitting a reef, running aground, or becoming lost and suffering an immense hardship. The mariner takes these risks because the reward of discovery and achievement far surpass the hardship required to be the trailblazer. Being a trailblazer and navigating uncharted waters is what officer Nisha Henderson lives for. Henderson is the very first female member of the Utah County, Utah, Metro SWAT Team and is blazing a trail not only for herself, but for other female officers. Nisha Henderson (4)Reared in the shadow of the Beehive State’s Wasatch Mountains, Henderson...
  • Man Gets Year in Prison for 'Swatting'

    10/13/2015 2:23:41 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 39 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/12/15 | Debbie Encalada
    Swatting, for those unfamiliar, is when people call law enforcement to report a fake emergency to get SWAT deployed to a specific location, like someone’s home—something Lil Wayne was a victim of earlier this year—sometimes resulting in victims being attacked or arrested by police. Swatting is now a federal crime, for which one Connecticut man is facing one year in prison for. Matthew Tollis a 22-year-old arrested last year in September is getting prison time for his involvement in six swatting incidents in 2014, according to the Department of Justice. -snip-Tollis was sentenced to 12 months and one day in...
  • Why Utah Is The Only State Trying To Track And Limit SWAT-Style Tactics

    08/31/2015 6:42:42 PM PDT · by Theoria · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Martin Kaste
    The phrase "police militarization" conjures up an image of cops wrapped in Kevlar, barging into homes with semi-automatic weapons. But familiar as that image is, we don't know how common it is. There are simply no good statistics on police tactical operations in America. The federal government doesn't keep track, and neither do the states — with one exception: Utah. The pressure to start counting the operations there dates back to 2012, after a drug raid gone wrong in Ogden. A tactical team from the local drug task force had gone into a little house where marijuana was being grown....
  • 'He was with me': Mom provides an 'alibi' for gunman who 'assassinated Texas deputy'

    08/31/2015 12:02:18 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/31/15 | By Julian Robinson for MailOnline and Kieran Corcoran For Daily Mail.com
    But Miles' mother has claimed her 30-year-old son cannot have carried out the killing because they were out on a shopping trip together when the shooting unfolded. She is quoted by KPRC as saying: 'We got back, we couldn't get on our street. So after we couldn't get on our street, when we came back, the back way to our house and then that's when we (were) faced with SWAT and dogs and cops and guns and they handcuffed him.'
  • SWAT Team Raids Home, Kills Man Over $2 Worth of Pot – Informant Exposes Police Cover-Up

    08/30/2015 3:28:02 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 55 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | Jay Syrmopoulos
    Tampa Bay, FL – A Florida family seeks justice after their son Jason Westcott, was killed by members of a SWAT team, during a “drug raid” on his house which yielded only $2.00 worth of marijuana. An ‘internal investigation’ absolved officers of any wrongdoing though police only found .02 grams of marijuana in Westcott’s home. “They have IA, they have internal investigations but when you police yourself, you have that veil of concern by the outsider,” said attorney T.J. Grimaldi. On Tuesday, attorney T.J. Grimaldi, representing the family of Westcott, informed the city that family would be filing a lawsuit,...
  • Multiple people shot in Louisiana, including police officer

    08/26/2015 3:46:52 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies
    CBSNEWS.com ^ | 8/26/15 | CBS
    SUNSET, Lo. -- Officials are responding to a shooting involving multiple victims in Louisiana, reports CBS affiliate KLFY. Sunset Police have confirmed to KLFY that a police officer has been shot. KLFY is reporting that a man has barricaded himself inside the convenience store near where the shooting took place.
  • SWAT Team Raids Wrong Worcester Home, Residents Say

    08/24/2015 6:31:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    boston.cbslocal.com ^ | 08-22-2015 | By Paul Burton, WBZ-TV
    WORCESTER (CBS) — Marianne Diaz and her fiancé, Bryant Alequin, felt their lives were in danger when a SWAT team raided their third-floor apartment on Hillside Street with guns drawn. Diaz says she grabbed her seven-year-old and 18-month-old girls and prayed while Worcester police officers and State Police troopers executed a search warrant. “It was terrorizing, and the worst thing I’ve ever been through in my life. They were loud, vulgar, and disgusting in behavior,” she said. It happened on Wednesday around 5:30 in the morning. Alequin says he was in the bathroom getting ready for work. “I was scared,...
  • Alabama deputy charged by Feds in "revenge beatdown"

    08/06/2015 7:18:25 AM PDT · by saleman · 26 replies
    al.com ^ | 8/3/2015 | Challen Stephens
    Federal authorities today arrested a former Madison County deputy for his role in the roadside arrest and brutal beating of a Tennessee handyman in August of 2012. Deputy Justin Watson, who quit the force in April, was the only one named in the federal indictment.
  • In Iraq, I raided insurgents. In Virginia, the police raided me.

    08/03/2015 9:04:26 PM PDT · by Altariel · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | Alex Horton
    <p>Alex Horton is a member of the Defense Council at the Truman National Security Project. He served as an infantryman in Iraq with the Army’s 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.</p> <p>I got home from the bar and fell into bed soon after Saturday night bled into Sunday morning. I didn’t wake up until three police officers barged into my apartment, barking their presence at my door. They sped down the hallway to my bedroom, their service pistols drawn and leveled at me.</p>
  • St. Paul SWAT Commander Explains Use of High-Powered Weapons

    05/20/2015 6:12:10 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Jay Kohls
    The St. Paul Police Department SWAT Team Commander, Tim Flynn, says the military weapons they use only come out when they face high-risk, dangerous situations. "These weapons are critical to protecting the safety of the public and police officers," Flynn said. The SPPD has 99 AR-15 rifles on loan from the federal government, and they did receive a federal grant to obtain an armored vehicle used in potentially violent cases such as last year's arrest of cop killer, Brian Fitch. In October we reported on how four police departments returned military issued equipment obtained at no cost through a government...
  • Special Forces Drill with Local SWAT for Domestic Raids (Richland, South Carolina)

    05/13/2015 4:52:06 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    You Tube ^ | 05/12/15
    RICHLAND | In what appears to be the second such drill, Special Forces have been deployed domestically alongside local Sheriffs to train for midnight raids in Richland County South Carolina.
  • Men in black claiming to be police raid Holladay home, suspects on the loose

    05/12/2015 9:17:30 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 10 replies
    Fox 13 Now ^ | 7:40 am, May 12, 2015 | by Ashton Edward
    [Embeded Video] HOLLADAY, Utah – Unified Police are looking for four suspects in a home invasion robbery overnight. Police said four Polynesian men dressed in all black kicked the door in at a basement apartment in Holladay. According to the two victims who were home at the time, the men said they were police officers and began searching the home and taking electronics. One of the victims was able to run down the street and call 911. The suspects chased him a few blocks and then ran before police arrived. Police set up roadblocks and began searching for the men...
  • Police now say a SWAT team, not a single traffic cop, killed the gunmen at Muhammad cartoon event

    05/12/2015 4:33:07 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 52 replies
    WaPo ^ | Mark Berman
    On Monday, Mitch Bates, the Garland police chief, clarified details of this shootout between the gunmen and five of his force’s officers. Bates said that the officer and the security guard who were confronted by the armed gunmen were not in a police car, as was initially believed, but were standing by it when the gunmen drove up to a barricade and got out of their car. In addition, Bates said that the Garland police officer, who has not been identified, shot the gunmen and wounded, rather than killed, both of them. Four SWAT members armed with assault rifles and...
  • SWAT Teams Respond To Anti-Police Protests In Baltimore (Live Breaking News Video)

    04/27/2015 1:26:07 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 96 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 27, 2015 | FoxNews.Com
    Live FoxNews.com Breaking News Video.
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘Every Aspect of My Life Is in Their Hands — and They Hate Me’

    04/20/2015 2:01:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 310 replies
    National Review ^ | May 4, 2015 | David French
    ‘They came with a battering ram.” Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full...
  • Family sues Sonoma County over standoff that ended in suicide

    02/27/2015 2:20:25 PM PST · by rey · 29 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 27 Feb 2015 | PAUL PAYNE
    The family of a Santa Rosa man who killed himself during an armed standoff last year with Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies sued the county Friday in federal court, alleging an unwarranted, militarized assault on his home forced him to take his own life Dozens of deputies, including a SWAT team with an armored vehicle, descended on Swindell’s home and remained for hours after he released the kids and refused to come out. He committed suicide sometime the next morning when deputies filled the attic he was hiding in with tear gas and other chemical irritants, causing him extreme suffering, the...
  • Cops Face Murder Charges After Video Captures Shooting of Homeless Man (New Mexico)

    01/14/2015 2:00:35 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 13, 2015 | Fox News Insider
    Two Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officers are facing murder charges for the shooting death of a homeless man last year. (snip) James Boyd, 38, a mentally ill homeless man, was camping illegally in the hills above Albuquerque when he was confronted by police. During a standoff, police say he refused to drop a knife. The helmet cam video, however, appears to show Boyd surrender. When he begins to run, police open fire. On Monday, Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg filed murder charges against SWAT team member Dominique Perez and former detective Keith Sandy.
  • Bureaucrats With Berettas

    01/13/2015 10:14:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 41 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 1-13-15 | Kelley Vlahos
    It’s a morning Kenneth Wright will never forget: 15 armed agents break in his front door and grab him by the neck, still in the boxer shorts he slept in. For six hours, a handcuffed Wright sat in a cruiser parked outside with his three children, ages 3, 7, and 11, while agents searched his house. “They put me in handcuffs in that hot patrol car for six hours, traumatizing my kids,” the Stockton, Calif., resident told a local news outlet at the time. Drugs? Weapons? Domestic violence? No. As Wright later found out, his gun-toting visitors were from the...
  • It’s Time to Demilitarize the Police

    12/26/2014 11:53:02 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 46 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/26/14 | Steve Berman
    Habersham County, Georgia is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, just south of stunning Tallulah Gorge.  The biggest city in the county is Cornelia, with 4,160 residents.  The entire population of Habersham County would fill slightly more than half the seats in the Georgia Dome. Yet Habersham County Sheriff’s Department has a SWAT team, complete with flash-bang grenades, one of which exploded in a 19-month-old’s crib on May 28, 2014.  A drug raid gone wrong.  In fact, gone so wrong that there wasn’t even a hint of a drug dealer at the home, just a sleeping family. [WSB-TV]...
  • Innocent Man Raided, Tased, Beaten, & Shot By a Corrupt SWAT Team who Lied to Get the Raid

    12/21/2014 5:02:41 AM PST · by Shimmer1 · 45 replies
    The Free Thought Project ^ | Dec 18, 2014 | Matt Agorist
    Houston, TX — A completely innocent man was shot, tasered, brutally beaten, and had stun grenades thrown at him by vicious and incompetent SWAT officers. Then, those same officers tried to cover up their mistake by charging the victim, Chad Chadwick, with six criminal offenses including felony assault on a police officer. This incident happened in 2011, but it has taken Chadwick three years and his entire life savings, to finally beat the charges that he was falsely accused of. Last month, a jury found Chad Chadwick not guilty of interfering with police. With tears in their eyes members of...
  • PTSD GUNMAN KILLED FOUR WITH NEW CRIME SCENE IN PENNSBURG, AND ESCAPED FROM SWAT IN SOUDERTON, PA

    12/15/2014 9:55:45 AM PST · by Kackikat · 530 replies
    Twitter, Inagist ^ | 12/15/2014 | kackikat
    A few minutes ago SWAT found out that the PTSD gunman who killed four in Souderton and Lansdale, Pa was not in home in Souderton, PA. Escaped. Whereabouts of gunman unknown, more deaths expected. New crime scene in Pennsburg, Pa with police investigating.....unknown.
  • Obama Flooding U.S. Streets With “Weapons of War” for Local Police

    12/13/2014 7:58:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New American ^ | December 2, 2014 | Alex Newman
    The federal government and the Obama administration are under fire for a variety of unconstitutional programs aimed at both militarizing and controlling local police and law enforcement, including supplying a vast array of sophisticated U.S. Defense Department “weapons of war” to city and county governments. Billions of dollars in military equipment has already been handed to municipal police departments and county sheriffs’ offices nationwide under the rapidly expanding federal schemes, but concerns from across the political spectrum are growing quickly as well. This year alone, over 150 so-called “mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles,” or MRAPs, used by U.S. forces in Iraq, were...
  • Mentally Ill Man Refuses to Take Medication So SWAT Shows Up and Kills Him

    12/03/2014 8:55:50 PM PST · by Altariel · 91 replies
    FreeThought Project ^ | December 2, 2014 | Matt Agorist
    Midland, TX — Rosendo Gino Rodriquez, 49, was shot dead in an altercation Monday while Midland Police were conducting a routine welfare check. The Midland County mental health unit was conducting a regular welfare check at a home on the 2700 block of Washington Street, when things went sour. According to the Midland police, Rodriquez became “aggressive” during the welfare check. The term aggressive is used loosely by the MPD, as they claim he acted out said “aggression” by running away from them, back into his house, and barricading himself in a room. The Free Thought Project would like to...
  • Obama Planning To Increase Funding For The Militarization Of America's Police Force

    12/01/2014 5:11:25 PM PST · by Altariel · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 1, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Since 2006,MRAPs, helicopters, machine guns, and night-vision-goggle have been increasingly evident across America as the good ol' yankee copper morphs into a full-metal-jacket-looking killer (even as the FBI admits the threats to police have not escalated as much as the media would like). So it isjust 'lucky' that Ferguson has reignited a narrative that enables President Obama "to discuss federal programs and funding that provide equipment to the state and local enforcement agencies," in a series of meetings today at The White House. We suspect funding will increase (for your own protection) and a new SWATification Tzar will be unveiled....
  • Dog Shot Dead by SWAT Team During Alleged Dispute Over Neighborhood Dog Waste (Racine, WI)

    11/03/2014 8:01:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 76 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 3, 2014 | NINA GOLGOWSKI
    Dog shot dead by SWAT team during alleged dispute over neighborhood dog waste • A small dog was filmed being shot by advancing police officers in Racine, Wisc. on Saturday after police were called about violent threats made by the dog's owner, said a neighbor. Police Chief Art Howell said the owner threatened to kill the officers with an armor-piercing crossbow before setting his dog loose. A SWAT team sent to handle an alleged neighborhood dispute over dog waste ended up killing the dog, and igniting a firestorm of criticism against the local police force. In dramatic video capturing the...
  • Open-carry advocate targeted in 'swatting'

    11/01/2014 6:25:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 11/1/2014 | Bob Unruh
    The Bearing Arms website said the activity is “a favored tactic” of gun-control supporters. For example, from the Facebook page of Moms Demand Action, a group that tries to push retailers into public statements of opposition to guns, a Jennifer Decker wrote, “Every time I see someone with a gun in a store I will call 911 … because I feel threatened, they’ll get tired of that right quick!!!” Added Alan Crammatte, “Call the police and say you feel threatened by a man with a gun.”
  • Meet the New Serfs: You; Accountability is only for the little people.

    10/23/2014 7:31:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The National Review ^ | October 23, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The New Haven SWAT team must have been pretty amped up: It was midnight, and they were getting ready to bust down the door of a man wanted on charges involving weapons violations, robbery — and murder. They were not sure how many people were in the house, or how they’d react. After a volley of flash grenades that set fire to the carpet and a sofa, they moved in, guns drawn. A minute later, they had their man zip-tied on the floor. If only they’d double-checked the address first. Bobby Griffin Jr. was wanted on murder charges. His next-door...
  • Meet 59-year-old David Hooks, the latest drug raid fatality

    10/08/2014 8:24:26 AM PDT · by redreno · 62 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | October 6 | By Radley Balko
    Phillip Smith at the Drug War Chronicle sums up the news reports detailing the latest casualty in the never-ending U.S. war on drugs. A Georgia SWAT team shot and killed an armed homeowner during a September 24 drug raid sparked by the word of a self-confessed meth addict and burglar who had robbed the property the previous day. No drugs were found. David Hooks, 59, becomes the 34th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year. According to WMAZ TV 13, Laurens County sheriff’s deputies with the drug task force and special response team...
  • Windsor police swarm home after prank 911 call

    09/18/2014 8:26:47 PM PDT · by rey · 21 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | September 18, 2014, | ELIZABETH M. COSIN
    Windsor police responded in force Thursday afternoon to a residential neighborhood on Alden Lane after a prank 911 call reported a shooting in a home there. Officers swarmed the quiet residential block just before 6 p.m., when elementary school-aged kids and parents were attending an evening program at the nearby Mary Agatha Furth Center. Police showed up at the home where a retired man and his wife live with one of their daughters and her child, after receiving a 911 call that appeared to come from the their address. The caller said a grandfather at the home had shot someone...
  • Federal Appeals Court Rebukes Florida Cops for Using SWAT-Style Raids to Check Barbers' Licenses

    09/18/2014 6:11:42 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 52 replies
    Reason.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Today a federal appeals court rebuked police in Orange County, Florida, for mounting a warrantless, SWAT-style raid on a barbership under the pretense of assisting state inspectors. "We have twice held, on facts disturbingly similar to those presented here, that a criminal raid executed under the guise of an administrative inspection is constitutionally unreasonable," says the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. "We hope that the third time will be the charm." On August 19, 2010, two inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited the Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Orlando...
  • Orlando police shopping for new $230,000 armored vehicle (At least their fifth one)

    09/04/2014 3:43:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 5, 2014 | Mark Schlueb
    <p>While some law enforcement agencies are snatching up free military surplus vehicles, Orlando police plan to spend $230,000 for a new armored personnel carrier for the department's SWAT unit.</p> <p>It's not the Orlando Police Department's first armored vehicle — it already has three. But the new one will replace an 8-year-old model, and the city's original one is an older piece of military surplus that hasn't been used in years.</p>
  • Dangerous prank brings SWAT team down on gamer [SWATTING]

    08/28/2014 2:43:35 PM PDT · by HammerT · 42 replies
    Engadget ^ | 8/28/2014 | Steve Dent
    A Littleton, Colorado, man named Jordan Mathewson was raided by a heavily armed SWAT team thanks to a false shooting and hostage report, and all the chaos was captured on a Twitch game stream (see below). During a Counter-Strike session, Jordan "Kootra" Mathewson -- a founder of The Creatures -- suddenly noticed things around him were amiss. "Uh oh. This isn't good. They're clearing rooms. What in the world, I think we're getting swatted," he says in the video. Luckily, Mathewson stayed calm throughout the ordeal and was released a short time later. On top of invading his offices, police...
  • Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing

    08/19/2014 7:20:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4-15-14 | NY TIMES
    Police Commissioner William J. Bratton lists the following guidelines on his blog. There is some doubt among scholars that Sir Robert Peel actually enunciated any of his nine principles himself — some researchers say they were formulated in 1829 by the two first commissioners of London’s Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Shocking SWAT raid captured on helmet cam raises questions (Video)

    08/17/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by HammerT · 85 replies
    Liberty unyielding ^ | August 15, 2014 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A terrifying helmet cam video, released to the public Wednesday, depicts a SWAT team executing a search warrant on the home of a 68-year-old woman and her 18-year-old adopted daughter. The video is raising questions of privacy, reasonable force and police due diligence. They had the wrong place. The raid of Louise Milan and daughter Stephanie Milan’s Evansville, Ind. home was accompanied by the sound of shattering glass and multiple flash-bang grenades. It was all due to the Milan’s non-password protected Internet router, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. The raid was prompted by a series of threatening posts...
  • Ferguson violence: Police slammed for 'escalating the situation'

    08/14/2014 4:03:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies
    cnn.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Josh Levs
    To people on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and many around the world who watched Wednesday night's violence unfold, it seemed like a scene out of another country. (snip) Some in the military community say the problem is that police are getting the equipment without the same training and rules. "To call this militarization doesn't characterize the military very well," said Josh Weinberg, an Army veteran who focuses on security issues for the Truman Project. "We always were trained in escalation of force." To call this militarization doesn't characterize the military very well. The police apparently "had their weapons up...
  • Missouri Gov Puts Highway Patrol in Charge in Ferguson

    08/14/2014 3:00:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Erin McClam
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the state Highway Patrol to take over security in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb roiled by four nights of unrest over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager. The governor moved after police came under intense criticism for their handling of the protests, including firing tear gas into crowds on Wednesday night and arresting two reporters. Nixon said that Ferguson in recent days looked “a little more like a war zone, and that’s unacceptable.” The head of the Highway Patrol, Capt. Ron Johnson, told reporters: “I understand the anger and fear...
  • Americans Killed by Cops [in ten years] Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War

    08/07/2014 10:33:58 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 61 replies
    The Free Thought Project ^ | August 7, 2014 | Matt Savoy
    The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489. What went wrong? In the 19070’s SWAT teams were estimated to be used just a few hundred times per year, now we are looking at over 40,000 military style “knock and announce” police raids a year. The police presence in this country is being turned into a military with a clearly defined enemy, anyone who questions the establishment. If we...
  • SWAT unit kills St. Paul family's 2 pit bulls in raid

    07/11/2014 7:35:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-10-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    An officer believed they were acting in an aggressive manner," said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a St. Paul police spokesman. "He thought he'd be bit or the dogs would bite one of the team members." Perry and her fiance, Larry L. Arman, said the dogs had been sleeping by the front door and did nothing more than bark when police used a ram to break down the door of their home to execute a search warrant. The warrant wasn't publicly available in court as of Thursday. Perry and Arman said it indicated police were looking for marijuana, drug packaging, weighing equipment,...