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TheMadMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-09-10 01:20 AM
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10. There are other even nastier undercurrents in that footage.
Those cops went in there prepared to kill, not in the sense that any cop has to be so prepared, but with no intent at all to attempt to subdue, anything resembling resistance was going to be met with deadly force from the get go. Chances are high that if that kid had come out swinging his baseball bat, to defend his dad, he'd be dead now. Tazers (whatever their drawbacks) were not at the ready here.

Perhaps someone should consider a show highlighting these types of raids to accompany shows like "Cops". All in the interest of equal time of course.

Now I love a good "Stupid Criminal" show, but seeing this highlights the existence of the footage we don't see. And the simple fact that never do we hear the Superintendant of Police respond to the leaking of such footage with: "Yes, I am fully aware of this matter and a review of the records shows that 3 officers were refered for criminal charges, 2 more fired, and another 3 subject to internal discipline." is entirely damning. No action is taken when a ballsup like this occurs UNTIL (and unless) there is sufficient public attention that "examples must be made" and even then all attempts at minimisation are attempted.

A few hours of observation, at a cost far less than that of the raid itself, would have determined the family situation here not to mention the presence of the dogs. And also the likelihood of the tipoff being accurate. Also give a feel for the size and type of any "operation" that migh be present. Visitor patterns will show if it's someone subsidising themselves or a more major seller worthy of a hard approach.

The race/profiling card could also do with some scrutiny here.

I could go on about how the ubiquity of (often unsecured) firearms in America makes this type of hard raid more the rule than the exception as is the case in most other First World nations.
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