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Friday, October 14, 2005

Anthony Diotaiuto Update

Radley Balko


Diotaiuto, you may remember, was the 23-year old Florida man shot and killed by Sunrise police in a drug raid last August. I've spoke with a couple of people close to the case, and from what I can gather, the police account of the raid is coming apart at the seams.


The federal government is showering police departments all over the country with military gear, funding, and combat training if they start up paramilitary units within their forces. Department officials don't want to turn down free stuff (especially cool stuff like armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers, night vision eqiupment, bayonets, and military-grade fully automatic weapons). So they start SWAT teams. The number of SWAT teams soared between 1980 and the mid 1990s, skyrocketed between 1995 and 2000, and has absolutely exploded since 2000.


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