Friday, July 06, 2007
Against Militarizing Domestic Police
Go read Radley Balko at Reason Online explain in testimony he gave to the US House Subcommittee on Crime why it's a bad idea to use military tactics and equipment to confront low-grade street crime. Says Balko, "when you’re dealing with nonviolent drug offenders, paramilitary police actions create violence instead of defusing it." Botched raids are always portrayed as isolated incidents, he said, but while researching the subject at the CATO Institute Balko mapped some of these "isolated" cases and found disturbing patterns, including 25 such incidents in Texas. Great job, Radley. Anyone interested should read the whole thing.