Monday, July 13, 2009

SWAT Gone Wild in Maryland & America's militarised police

A botched raid on a small-town Maryland mayor exposes widespread abuse by the state's SWAT teams.

Late last month, Berwyn Heights, Maryland Mayor Cheye Calvo took the unusual step of filing a civil rights lawsuit against the police department of his own county. The suit stems from a 2008 SWAT team raid on Calvo's house that resulted in the shooting deaths of his two black Labrador retrievers. In pushing back against the abuse he suffered at the hands of the Prince George's County police department, the mayor is helping expose a more widespread pattern of law enforcement carelessness and callousness throughout the state of Maryland.
Full article at Reason Online

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