May 31, 2011 Leave a comment
So, I was checking in on Radley Balko’s blog to follow up on the crazy Swat team shoots the Marine story (had a great class discussion about that today) and I came across this video of a totally different SWAT team raid. Basic point being, if the SWAT team comes after you, better hope your dogs aren’t at home, or they’re going to shoot them. We’re not talking Pit Bull guard dogs, you get the feeling these guys would have shot a chihuahua .
Here’s Balko’s very strong commentary, which is hard to disagree with:
We have another video of a raid by the Columbia Police Department. The action starts at 5:30. There’s more violence. More perfunctory dog killing. (I didn’t hear a single menacing growl, and the dogs were shot while retreating.) There’s more careless tossing of flash grenades. (They threw five three, then, bizarrely, two more to prove that the previous three grenades had done no damage.) This raid, once again, was for marijuana….
This isn’t like watching video of a car accident or a natural disaster. This doesn’t have to happen. You’re watching something your government does to your fellow citizens about 150 times per day in this country. If this very literal “drug war” insanity is going to continue to be waged in our name, we ought to make goddamned sure everyone knows exactly what it entails. And this is what it entails. Cops dressed like soldiers breaking into private homes, tossing concussion grenades, training their guns on nonviolent citizens, and slaughtering dogs as a matter of procedure.