SWAT raids

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How Can We Stop Unnecessary and Dangerous SWAT Raids?

A Georgia reform bill proposed in the wake of a police operation that put an 18-month-old in the hospital is a step in the right direction.
Lucy Steigerwald
1.26.15
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The 'Charlie' Hebdo' Attacks Showed When We Need Cops

We should salute cops when they do their jobs, but law enforcement heroism can't be used to delay police reform.
Lucy Steigerwald
1.12.15
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Bad Information Leads to Worse Police Raids

A Georgia man is dead because cops raided his house on what turned out to be a phony tip from an informant.
Lucy Steigerwald
10.6.14
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A Court Ruled That a SWAT Raid on a Barbershop Was Totally Ridiculous

Now the barbers can proceed with their lawsuit against the Florida cops.
Lucy Steigerwald
9.23.14
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Can We Please Fire Police Officers Who Knock Down Dudes in Wheelchairs? Please?

The police chief of Lafayette, Indiana, wanted to get rid of Tom Davidson after the cop pushed over a 25-year-old man's wheelchair, but a review board said no dice.
Lucy Steigerwald
7.8.14
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The Dangers of Calling the Police on the Mentally Ill

Men with guns and badges aren't equipped to be psychiatrists.
Lucy Steigerwald
6.2.14
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This Year in Bad Cops

This year we learned, again, that the people who are in charge of the police and prisons have no idea what they were doing. Law enforcement as a whole was awful, individual cops and departments were worse. Lives were ruined and dogs were shot. Here's...
Lucy Steigerwald
12.17.13
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Even the EPA Is Using SWAT Teams Now

An EPA-led task force appeared in tiny Chicken, Alaska, with body armor and guns in order to look into potential Clean Water Act violations, then later claimed they needed to be strapped up because there were drug dealers and human traffickers about.
Lucy Steigerwald
9.9.13
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End the War on Baby Deer

Two weeks ago, cops in Wisconsin served a search warrant on an animal shelter in order to seize a contraband baby deer named Giggles. They tranquilized and later killed the fawn because it hadn't been taken to a wildlife reserve as it should have been...
Lucy Steigerwald
8.5.13
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Routine Raid Terror

Cops on raids often come in with guns waving and assume that the person they're raiding knows that they're police and not some other gang of armed men. This can lead to tense, dangerous standoffs between SWAT teams and armed civilians, like in the case...
Lucy Steigerwald
7.22.13
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Asset Forfeiture, the Cash Cow of the Drug War

Cops routinely seize assets—like cars, money, and even hotels—that are linked to criminal activity, even if the property owner hasn't been convicted of a crime. This leads to a dangerous system of incentives whereby cops seize property in drug busts so...
Lucy Steigerwald
7.15.13
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We'll Need to See Some ID, Officer

When a group of strangers ran at Elizabeth Daly, a 20-year-old college student, waving guns and yelling, she didn't know they were cops, so she tried to get away. Cases of mistaken identity like that are far too common, and can result in someone...
Lucy Steigerwald
7.1.13
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