The Army of the State

July 20, 2013

What a coincidence: yesterday I posted an article about a St. Louis cop who had been fired for assaulting a suspect but then found not guilty (of 3rd degree assault) by a judge who hadn’t seen the video of the event. Watching that video, it’s hard to see how justice was served by that decision.

That same day, I got e-mail from Jeff G. containing an article from Infowars.com. Not a sterling source, IMO, but in this case I had no problem believing the article: Florida Nurse Terrorized by US Marshals in Warrantless Raid.

Update: The Infowars article appears to be based on this article from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Those articles read like one of Radley Balko’s "Raid Of The Day" posts at his blog The Agitator.

The subject line of Jeff’s e-mail read: "This stuff is not supposed to happen in the U.S. folks. This is not unusual anymore. What the heck is going on?"

As I replied to Jeff, what’s going on is described in Balko’s new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces.

Balko also described this problem in Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America, his 2006 white paper for the Cato Institute.

Radley’s been on this beat for years (along with others) and he’s documented many cases like the one reported by Infowars, the Herald-Tribune, and by KSDK in St. Louis.

If you haven’t checked out his writing on the topic, you’re missing an important trend.

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