Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Johnston Raid Updates

More on Kathryn Johnston (via Radley Balco), here, here,
here, and here.

2 Comments:

Blogger A Fan For All Seasons said...

As I've said in several other posts blame the process, not the tactics. If the process leading up to a raid is incomplete or rushed, the situation has to be deemed dangerous, you know, always be prepared.

11:18 PM  
Blogger QU 3L said...

The process is what I blame, the process that allows these sorts of tactics to be used in non-violent situations when they are not needed. What would be wrong with a simple rule requiring police to show the need for a paramilitary forced entry? Similar to a warrant, when officers felt such force was needed, they could specify why this force was needed.

This isn't a difficult solution- all it does is place some responsibility on police and provide greater protection for the general public- virtually all the cases that Radley Balco has cited to could have been avoided with such a requirement- no dead civilians, no dead police.

The problem is not the tactics, the problem is the way in which these tactics are over-utilized.

The point is that these raids shouldn't be rushed in the first place. If a drug buy was made at a house, you should take the time to find out who lives in that house before you go knocking the front door down.

11:21 AM  

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