Tuesday, March 14, 2017

On the Disgraceful Increase in the Number of SWAT Attacks in America since 1980

John Oliver claimed recently there's been a 1400% increase in the incidence of attacks by SWAT outfits since 1980 and PunditFact wanted to validate his statement.  It's true.  (PunditFact: In segment on Ferguson, John Oliver says SWAT raids are up 1,400 percent)

Here's a vicious example from a SWAT in California.  (RT:  Overkill: California couple sues police for wrecking their house on homeless hunt)

Law enforcement officers in Fresno County, California, unleashed an "excessive, unreasonable, violent" assault on a family's home in order to flush out an unarmed homeless man who had broken in, the owners said in a lawsuit.

David and Gretchen Jessen, who are farmers in rural Fresno County, say in the suit that the authorities justified the "military-like training action" that destroyed their house on June 11, 2016, as an operation to apprehend a homeless intruder who, in the end, only took some food from the house refrigerator, according to Courthouse News.

The Jessens' lawsuit says that the Fresno County Sheriff's Department and the Clovis Police Department essentially used their secluded rural home to stage a SWAT team training exercise that involved more than 50 law enforcement vehicles, two helicopters, and a teargas-firing SWAT team, among others.

- RT

There's obviously no change in accountability when this incident was recent.  The only response from the cops was, fuck it, we'll right you a check.

Jessen said he soon left the area, passing a crisis negotiation motor home and a SWAT vehicle on the way. Hours later, when authorities told him he could return to the house, Jessen was handed a card by an officer who said: "we have insurance for this."

The house was destroyed, the Jessens claim. Doors were ripped off of hinges, walls were torn out of the foundation, six rooms had been teargassed, windows were shattered and the SWAT vehicle had run through more than 90 feet of fencing.

The family no longer resides at the house due to the more than $150,000 in damages inflicted on the building, including teargas use that required the replacement of carpet and drywall.

The Jessens are seeking compensatory damages, special damages, court costs and attorney fees. The Fresno County Sheriff's Department and the Clovis Police Department did not comment on the lawsuit.

- RT

Maybe you wonder why this ever happened and you'll just love this.

The Jessens allege that they were notified that a homeless man had broken into their home after he was found and kicked out of a nearby vacant house. David Jessen told authorities he had three guns in the house but they were too well-hidden to pose a problem to law enforcement. Jessen drove his family to a nearby location and returned to his house. On the way, he said he saw more than 50 law enforcement vehicles lined up along the road to his house as two helicopters circled the sky, according to the complaint.

- RT

Cops have tons of money to pay for the damage but they don't have a lick of judgment.

John Oliver is careful to issue a disclaimer to say there are good cops too but I won't because those good cops need to do something about bad cops or their goodness is fucking meaningless.

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