10 Appalling Facts About the “SWATification” Of America

June 28, 2014

The facts you are about to read are terrifying but true. Abolish all police.  We don't need them.

 

#1   In 1980, there were around 3,000 SWAT raids in the US.  Now, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year.

#2  79 percent of the time, SWAT teams are deployed to private homes.

#3  50 percent of the victims of SWAT raids are either black or Latino.

#4   In 65 percent of SWAT deployments, “a battering ram, boot, or some sort of explosive device” is used to gain forced entry to a home.

#5  62 percent of all SWAT raids involve a search for drugs.

#6   In at least 36 percent of all SWAT raids, “no contraband of any kind” is found by the police.

#7   In cases where it is suspected that there is a weapon in the home, police only find a weapon 35 percent of the time.

#8   More than 100 American families have their homes raided by SWAT teams every single day.

#9   Only 7 percent of all SWAT deployments are for “hostage, barricade or active-shooter scenarios”.

#10   Even small towns are getting SWAT teams now.  30 years ago, only 25.6 percent of communities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team.  Now, that number has increased to 80 percent.

 

As reported by Michael Snyder of TheFreeThoughtProject

To learn why we don't need police, read this short article: Police or No Police

 

About Barry Cooper

"You may have seen him on the pages of Maxim, or during one of his many appearances on CNN, Fox News and Spike TV. He’s the cop who turned against the drug war. In American pop culture right now, there’s nobody quite like him. As one of the former top drug cops working the Texas highways, he was ferocious, bringing down hundreds of people for possessing even tiny amounts of an illegal substance. In his new life as a humanitarian crusader and activist filmmaker, he’s just as ferocious. Cooper is on a mission to free America’s pot prisoners. In the terminology of war, Barry is an insurgent, lobbing bombs into the fourth estate as his form of penance for all the people he put behind bars on drug offenses.”—True/SlantBarry recently starred with Woody Harrelson, 50 Cent, Eminem and Susan Sarandon in the anti drug war documentary, “How To Make Money Selling Drugs.” His internet fame via his website NeverGetBusted.com has received global attention by being reported in Rolling Stones, High Times, a feature in Maxim Magazine and a front cover feature in Cannabis Culture and the Texas Observer. His story was picked as a feature on NPR’s, This American Life. He has been a guest on scores of cable news channels discussing the Drug War. He has also appeared as a drug and legal expert in five episodes of SPIKE TV’s reality show, MANSWERS.

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