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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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Today live with Martha Montelongo, along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, we welcome two special guests:   

Judge Jim Gray, who currently presides over the civil trial calendar for the Superior Court of Orange County, will speak with us about current policy, costs, benefits, ethics and possibilities. Do our drug laws make us safe, safer or are they harmful? What about marijuana and the law? 

Larry Sand of California Teacher's Empowerment Network writes about public education. While the horrific story of Miramonte Elementary unfolds, the CA Teacher's Union and the lawmakers who fear their wrath, and who make tragedies like Miramonte possible systemically, moves to further restrict the already scarce alternatives available to families like the families who are living a nightmare at Miramonte Elementary.  We'll talk with Larry about his new piece published today at Union Watch--CTA Sponsored Legislation Could Cripple Charter School Growth.

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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


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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