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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