One nation under SWAT: How America’s police became an occupying force http://www.salon.com/2014/08/14/one_nation_under_swat_how_americas_police_became_an_occupying_force_partner/ via @Salon
An interesting article about how our police are becoming more militarized. If there is any good at all to come out of Missouri, it is that the news media, in part because reporters are being brutalized, are waking up to this militarization. Here is a key paragraph from the article:
Pause here a moment and consider that these violent home invasions are routinely used against people who are only suspected of a crime. Up-armored paramilitary teams now regularly bash down doors in search of evidence of a possible crime. In other words, police departments increasingly choose a tactic that often results in injury and property damage as its first option, not the one of last resort. In more than 60% of the raids the ACLU investigated, SWAT members rammed down doors in search of possible drugs, not to save a hostage, respond to a barricade situation, or neutralize an active shooter.