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Friday, August 04, 2006

Police Reform Would Save Civilian Lives

By Radley Balko
FOX News

In my last column, I outlined the problem of the "militarization" of America's civilian police departments, chiefly through the increasing proliferation and use of SWAT teams.

As you might have seen on shows like "Dallas SWAT" or "COPS," these raids typically involve kicking down doors, "flash grenades" and heavy weaponry, and they're increasingly being used for drug policing and for crimes as slight as possession of marijuana or gambling. This week, I'd like to offer a few policy recommendations to address some of the more troubling aspects of this trend.


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