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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

About the show last night on Gadfly Radio

Richard Rider, Chairman of San Diego Tax Fighters, joined Steve Greenhut, John Seiler and me, to share some positive developments in the realm of public policy.  Steve talked about some of the highlights of what others called a debate last week in O.C.  It was Steve vs Orange County's Nick Berardino, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, a government union, in what Steve calls a floor mopping--him doing the mopping! We had a lot of fun while discussing the dismal state of CA’s business climate, for small business and the middle class, and the politics and policy that have major impact, and we highlighted a new emerging leader, and some policy victories as a hint of what is possible if only...  One caller  took a few of our panel on a contemplation of his dream if only the north of CA separated from the south... Too short a time for so much to talk about, but it was fun and lively and... We’ll pick it up next week, same time, same place.  Hope you enjoy the podcast! 
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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