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The use of SWAT teams for petty crimes (and tanks occasionally):

#1DRAGON07891230Posted 7/7/2013 6:42:35 PM
http://www.salon.com/2013/07/07/%E2%80%9Cwhy_did_you _shoot_me_i_was_reading_a_book_the _new_warrior_cop_is_out_of_control/


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On the night of January 24, 2006, Baucum called Culosi and arranged a time to drop by to collect his winnings. When Culosi, barefoot and clad in a T-shirt and jeans, stepped out of his house to meet the man he thought was a friend, the SWAT team began to move in. Seconds later, Det. Deval Bullock, who had been on duty since 4:00 AM and hadn’t slept in seventeen hours, fired a bullet that pierced Culosi’s heart.

Sal Culosi’s last words were to Baucum, the cop he thought was a friend: “Dude, what are you doing?”


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As the Texas Hold ’Em craze picked up momentum in the mid-2000s, fans of the game started hosting tournaments at private clubs, bars, and residences. Police in many parts of the country responded with SWAT raids. In 2011, for example, police in Baltimore County, Maryland, sent a tactical unit to raid a $65 buy-in poker game at the Lynch Point Social Club. From 2006 to 2008, SWAT teams in South Carolina staged a number of raids to break up poker games in the suburbs of Charleston. Some were well organized and high-stakes, but others were friendly games with a $20 buy-in. “The typical police raid of these games . . . is to literally burst into a home in SWAT gear with guns drawn and treat poker players like a bunch of high-level drug dealers,” an attorney representing poker players told a local newspaper. “Using the taxpayers’ resources for such useless Gestapo-like tactics is more of a crime than is playing of the game.”

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In 2010 a massive Maricopa County SWAT team, including a tank and several armored vehicles, raided the home of Jesus Llovera. The tank in fact drove straight into Llovera’s living room. Driving the tank? Action movie star Steven Seagal, whom Sheriff Joe Arpaio had recently deputized. Seagal had also been putting on the camouflage to help Arpaio with his controversial immigration raids. All of this, by the way, was getting caught on film. Seagal’s adventures in Maricopa County would make up the next season of the A&E TV series Steven Seagal, Lawman.
Llovera’s suspected crime? [Chicken]fighting. Critics said that Arpaio and Seagal brought an army to arrest a man suspected of fighting chickens to play for the cameras. Seagal’s explanation for the show of force: “Animal cruelty is one of my pet peeves.” All of Llovera’s chickens were euthanized. During the raid, the police also killed his dog.

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#2GrrManPosted 7/7/2013 6:47:02 PM
This can't be real

It's just comedy
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#3treewojimaPosted 7/7/2013 6:51:57 PM
From: DRAGON07891230 | #001
During the raid, the police also killed his dog.


well duh
#4TomorrowDogPosted 7/7/2013 6:56:28 PM
I, for one, support the use of tanks in day-to-day police work.
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#5Pitbuller_26Posted 7/7/2013 7:00:13 PM
TomorrowDog posted...
I, for one, support the use of tanks in day-to-day police work.


It's only a matter of time before we have tanks for commercial use.
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#6DRAGON07891230(Topic Creator)Posted 7/7/2013 7:34:38 PM
TomorrowDog posted...
I, for one, support the use of tanks in day-to-day police work.


Steven Seagal driving no less,
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#7mD_atheistPosted 7/7/2013 7:40:48 PM
treewojima posted...
From: DRAGON07891230 | #001
During the raid, the police also killed his dog.


well duh


It's there favorite thing to do.
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#8battouryePosted 7/7/2013 7:45:38 PM
I honestly can't believe the lack of research, the lack of common sense, and the sheer willingness to endanger lives at play here. If you know that the police can call upon SWAT and tanks even, why are you breaking the law?
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#9TheshamenPosted 7/8/2013 12:06:01 AM
Steven Seagal: Animal cruelty is my pet peeve, so I drove a tank through his living room and ran over his dog.
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#10WhiskeyDiskPosted 7/8/2013 3:50:12 AM
From: battourye | #008
I honestly can't believe the lack of research, the lack of common sense, and the sheer willingness to endanger lives at play here. If you know that the police can call upon SWAT and tanks even, why are you breaking the law?


i think you're asking entirely the wrong question there.

what are we using military-style tactics on the populace in abject violation of posse comitatus?
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