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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tomorrow is a big day for the City of Fullerton--DA Raukakas holds a press conference at 11 AM to announce charges on the Fullerton Six

Tomorrow is a big day for Fullerton. I take a deep breath and then release when I think about it. People engaged in this issue are being a powerful stand for integrity of public service and safety. I saw Dick Ackerman and his wife a few times at the CA GOP Convention. I ran into them when I was looking for Ben Boychuk, Bill Evers and Ben Chavis's workshop on Education. They were conferencing with two others... I can't remember who it was. They don't understand the issue of integrity in this matter. Don Bank Head: Champion of ethics and civil rights!

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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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