Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
- Hoboken, New Jersey SWAT team sez, “We had no choice! We were forced to go to to Hooters, drink, pose with scantily-clad women, and to let them take photos holding our guns!”
- Local news cameraman gets to go on a SWAT raid. Keep in mind, this is a drug bust. The gear, the armor, the weapons–all to stop people from getting high.
- Cops in SWAT gear in Baton Rouge, Louisiana deploy a flashbang grenade and raid a college apartment, apparently based on no more than an anonymous tip that someone was smoking or growing marijuana inside. They found nothing, and made no arrests. Good way to get someone killed, fellas.
- Interesting look at the politics of SWAT teams in smaller cities. Note that the SWAT team was started not after any sort of audit or study showed the city had a high rate of violent crimes, barricades, hostage takings, or other dangerous, emergency situations, but that “the squad was formed in 2001 by a group of interested officers who volunteered their time. They bought their own uniforms and rifles and Harrington acquired grant funding to support them, he said.” A bunch of cops thought it would be fun to have a SWAT team. So they started one.