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Letter: Recording SWAT raids could reduce violent incidents

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Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 1:26 pm

I just finished reading Radley Balko’s outstanding book: “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces” and I think I have a solution to ending our drug war and SWAT raids. Require that all SWAT raids be video taped before, during and after, with sound. These tapes must be available to the news media immediately after the raids.

I believe that if all of the raids that involved the wrong address or the killing of any people or pets or in front of children, the public will be outraged and demand an end to them.

For those who have not read Balko’s outstanding book, I suggest they read the introduction and then skip to chapter eight. If you can set the book down after reading chapter eight, then you are either a psychopath or sociopath and further reading won’t help you.

Kirk Muse

Mesa

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