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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Radley Balko: Watch this video, taken from a police raid in Des Moines, Iowa. Send it to some people. When critics (like me) warn about the dangers of police militarization, this is what we're talking about. You'll see the raid team, dressed in battle-dress uniforms, helmets and face-covering balaclava hoods take down the family's door with a battering ram. You'll see them storm the home with ballistics shields, guns at the ready. More troubling still, you'll see not one but two officers attempt to prevent the family from having an independent record of the raid, one by destroying a surveillance camera, another by blocking another camera's lens.

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When a guy, in his own home, feels the need to pack heat for a trip to the bathroom, something fishy's going on.

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#1 | Posted by Dave at 2014-02-04 05:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

Dave - why did the police perform illegally, repeatedly? Why didn't they follow their own rules - removing the one camera was deliberate and should carry some consequence, but disabling two - yes, something fishy is going on with the Ankeny Police department..

#2 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-02-04 06:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

A friend of my son stole some money from his mother about five years ago. Apparently there was still a warrant out on the 20 year old which neither he nor his mother knew about. They thought it was long over. At first the police pounded on the door which scared the kid. When he didn't answer right away a SWAT team took their batting ram and busted through the steel door of their apartment. They looked around, took $2000 the kid managed to save up to buy a car and gave the kid a summons to appear in court and then left the kid sitting there shaken and staring at the opening where their front door used to be. Talk about over reaction.

#3 | Posted by KBM at 2014-02-04 07:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

You don't give government the tools of a totalitarian police state unless you want it to become a totalitarian police state. This is why I stand against the militarization of the police, the NSA, PATRIOT act, and any other tool that can overreach to the innocent.

#4 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-02-04 08:44 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

"the NSA, PATRIOT act,"

We can thank Obama for renewing the Patriot Act and expanding the NSA, thereby fulfilling his promise to "restore core constitutional liberties."

Hopeless and no change!

#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-02-04 09:08 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

No elected official will ever give up the rights of the state after they've been won. It's just not done.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-02-05 01:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

When a guy, in his own home, feels the need to pack heat for a trip to the bathroom, something fishy's going on.

While true, when the Police feel they need to roll in with SWAT for non-violent offenses (with no guarantee the suspect is present apparently) there's a problem.

I'm guessing they have ton of new toys with little reason to use them. Or they just have them so they feel they need to use them.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2014-02-05 01:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

Heh. It makes it seem like you need to be armed in your own home at all times simply in case the police get the wrong address. Remember - 8 times more likely to die to a cop than a terrorist. Which makes one wonder whether the term is misused.

#8 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-02-05 01:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

No elected official will ever give up the rights of the state after they've been won. It's just not done.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-02-05 01:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

Well then they shouldn't campaign on the idea that they will change the status quo.

#9 | Posted by Sully at 2014-02-05 09:15 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I didn't know Balko was writing for the Washington Post now. That's good news. He's the leading voice in American journalism on the subject of police trampling on the rights of citizens.

#10 | Posted by rcade at 2014-02-05 11:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

articles.baltimoresun.com

#11 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-02-05 01:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

No elected official will ever give up the rights of the state after they've been won. It's just not done.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner

While I mostly agree it seems once power is acquired it is difficult to let it go.

But consider this:

New York City ends legal defense of stop-and-frisk police tactic

(yes, I know it is a City and not a State...but there is still hope and elections do matter!)

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-02-05 02:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

Instead of uniting to address police militarization, we need to focus on pointless partisan finger pointing and blaming.

#13 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-02-05 03:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

#1 | POSTED BY DAVE

I agree, packing in the bath room and multiple security camera's, plus unrelated people living in the house suggest something else is going on here but it doesn't forgive the police actions here.

#14 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-02-05 03:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

More scenes from a militarized America, eh?

www.courant.com

We need to be vigilant against the abuse of power in all it's forms.

We also need to be aware that "if it bleeds, it leads" in the media and the highly profitable conspiracy industry.

Then there's that "straitjacket of cynicism"...

swampland.time.com

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2014-02-05 03:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why not pack heat when you go to the deification chamber? Who knows when an intruder will make an invited visit? You just don't want to get caught with your pants down and no gun in hand.

#16 | Posted by lel2007 at 2014-02-05 04:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

pointless partisan finger pointing and blaming ?
Are you suggesting no one is responsible for the disintegration of America?

#17 | Posted by lel2007 at 2014-02-05 04:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why not pack heat when you go to the deification chamber? Who knows when an intruder will make an invited visit? You just don't want to get caught with your pants down and no gun in hand.
#16 | Posted by lel2007 at 2014-02-05 04:02 PM

I kept an aluminum bat behind the bathroom door, and yes, either the sleeping or the defecation chambers are the last-resort location in many home-invasion instances. Just ask your police. You are so charming!

#18 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-02-05 04:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

pointless partisan finger pointing and blaming ?
Are you suggesting no one is responsible for the disintegration of America?
#17 | Posted by lel2007 at 2014-02-05 04:05 PM

Yes, one political party in particular have been the source of most police militarization activities. Guess which one? Hint - there are only two from which to choose.. It's been proven that "conservative" minds are often easiest cowed into subservience, are less analytical and most easily fooled and lied to. I consider that the most immediate identification of a "disintegration of America" than anything else.

#19 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-02-05 04:31 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

They did it to get cash cars and the home. The feds are now giving the locals half of every thing they find in a raid.

You want to stop this then do away with these seizure laws and require the court to prove the items were bought with money from a crime. Also make it illegal to take cash guns and other items unless you can prove in a court that they came from a crime.

And require the court auction them off to the highest bidder not give them to the cops that raided the home.

#20 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-02-05 09:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

what is...Pakistan? DAILY DOUBLE!

#21 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-02-06 04:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

Government has both it's hands around your throat and yet you root for one hand over the other.

#22 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-02-06 09:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

"When a guy, in his own home, feels the need to pack heat for a trip to the bathroom, something fishy's going on."

My question is, what the hell is the guy eating to put down those maggots.

#23 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-02-06 02:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

pointless partisan finger pointing and blaming ?

Yeah, but it is still all your side's fault. Whichever side you are on.

Fear is a great marketing tool.

#24 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-02-06 09:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

We can thank Obama for renewing the Patriot Act and expanding the NSA, thereby fulfilling his promise to "restore core constitutional liberties."

Hopeless and no change!

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There are NO real liberals in power nor fascist media.

Not one.

#25 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-02-07 11:41 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

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