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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"Scenes from a militarized America: Iowa family ‘terrorized’" links to this article in the Washington Post. In part:

Watch this video, taken from a police raid in Des Moines, Iowa. Send it to some people. When critics (like me) warn about the dangers of police militarization, this is what we’re talking about. You’ll see the raid team, dressed in battle-dress uniforms, helmets and face-covering balaclava hoods take down the family’s door with a battering ram. You’ll see them storm the home with ballistics shields, guns at the ready. More troubling still, you’ll see not one but two officers attempt to prevent the family from having an independent record of the raid, one by destroying a surveillance camera, another by blocking another camera’s lens.

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I hope the family gets rich suing the city. Sadly, this is how most Americans learn the criminal justice system has become a monster...after it visits their home or the home of a friend, relative or neighbor.

Posted by: John K | Feb 8, 2014 4:07:40 PM

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