Assault-style raids have even been used in recent years to enforce regulatory law. Armed federal agents from the Fish & Wildlife Service raided the floor of the Gibson Guitar factory in Nashville in 2009, on suspicion of using hardwoods that had been illegally harvested in Madagascar. Gibson settled in 2012, paying a $300,000 fine and admitting to violating the Lacey Act. In 2010, the police department in New Haven, Conn., sent its SWAT team to raid a bar where police believed there was underage drinking. For sheer absurdity, it is hard to beat the 2006 story about the Tibetan monks who had overstayed their visas while visiting America on a peace mission. In Iowa, the hapless holy men were apprehended by a SWAT team in full gear.
Unfortunately, the activities of aggressive, heavily armed SWAT units often result in needless bloodshed: Innocent bystanders have lost their lives and so, too, have police officers who were thought to be assailants and were fired on, ...
SWAT teams have their place, of course, but they should be saved for those relatively rare situations when police-initiated violence is the only hope to prevent the loss of life. They certainly have no place as modern-day vice squads.
Many longtime and retired law-enforcement officers have told me of their worry that the trend toward militarization is too far gone. Those who think there is still a chance at reform tend to embrace the idea of community policing, an approach that depends more on civil society than on brute force.
I hate cops. I have yet to see/hear of any positive experiences from them. They're bullies on a power trip, high school jocks who deserve to get the asses kicked. If I'm at a social event, and someone comes out as a cop, I immediately leave the situation, and generally refuse to talk or interact with them. I will not go anywhere with someone I know is a cop, because I don't want anything to do with them.
Maybe a younger life of skateboarding and drug-doing made me like this, but I seriously doubt it. When you see Oxy and Opana sold buy the gallon freezer bag, and then see a cop pull over a speeder, or write a parking ticket, it really changes your perspective of their "job". I've seen cops modify evidence too, to add to the list of charges, or make themselves in the right.
I've met one or two decent ones over the years, the ones who don't take themselves too seriously. But since most prostitutes have STDs, I generally don't raw-dog hookers. Since most cops are dicks, I generally don't like them.
Here is another story about cops out of control. This **** makes pisses me off.
Good grief. Quote from the LEO at the door:
[The female homeowner] wasn't arrested or shot despite pointing a gun at a cop, so [Operator Hardass] said, “She sure shouldn't be going to the press.”
In other words, she should be thankful that they only busted in to her house, threatened her life, scared her half to death, and tossed her house. After all, they could have killed her and gotten away with it.