Radley Balko on No-Knock Raids
And why they are bad as a general rule.
Even if police always got the right house and every raid were performed flawlessly (and that’s obviously not the case), the image of police dressed as soldiers routinely breaking into private homes to serve warrants for non-violent crimes is one we ought to find disturbing. At one time we did. There’s an old Cold War saying, “Democracy means that when there’s a knock at the door at 3am, it’s probably the milkman.” Masked government agents dressed in black barging into private homes in the middle of the night was once an image we associated with totalitarian states. We seem to be troublingly comfortable with it, now.–emphasis added
Indeed we seem to like the fact that police officers are armed with machine guns, tasers, databases, and can enter our homes on even the flimsiest of evidence.
Radley Balko continues to cover “wrong door no-knock raids” and police militarization here.
If you had nothing to hide you wouldn’t be worried about armed paramilitary thugs breaking the door down and barging into your house in the wee hours of the morning, waving guns around, and shooting any loose pets that look “intimidating”.
The good guys make mistakes too.But I forgot, anyone who puts their life on the line everyday for others, a lot of whom don’t deserve it, have to be perfect……
Perfect? No, and you missed the point. Its there, its pretty obvious, try looking again.
And unfortunately, due to the stupidity of the “war on drugs” not all of the good guys are good guys, some are every bit as scary as the bad guys.
This subject is something I can really get behind you on. What can we do to stop this trend?
No, they can’t be perfect. Which is precisely why we should avoid deliberately precipitating situations where even the smallest error can result in innocent people getting killed.
Tell that to the family of Ismael Mena, who in 1999 was killed in a no-knock raid in Denver.
The police went to the wrong address.
I doubt you would be so glib if you were the one getting killed because the cops had the wrong paperwork.
Uh, Herb, I think your irony detector needs recalibrating.
Yeah, Sam, I’d say you’re right on that one…I totally misread the tone of that comment.
Apologies, Gustopher. The glibness, it seems, was intentional.
no dint miss the point i was making one->