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Entries by Radley Balko from 02/2013

Raid Of The Day: The Fasching Family

Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

Billings, Montana police say the 6 am raid they conducted in October 2012 was part of an investigation into a suspected meth lab. But there was no...

Five Star Fridays

Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

Every year, the Oxford American puts out a southern music issue. It's always worth checking out. Not only do the magazine's editors have exquisite...

Raid Of The Day: Annie Rae Dixon

Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

In January 1992, a Gregg County, Texas narcotics team conducted a 2 am raid on the home of 84-year-old Annie Rae Dixon. According to police, an in...

Morning Links: XBox SWAT Hoax, Tomatoes Will Soon Cost More, RIP, Etch-A-Sketch Guy

Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

-- Family raided after XBox hoaxer makes a false police report. -- Is "catfishing" really this much of a problem? -- R.I.P, guy who who invented...

Raid Of The Day: The 39th & Dalton Edition

Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

"This is war." And with that, Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates launched "Operation Hammer" in the spring of 1988. Like a lot of overly agg...

Raid Of The Day: Cheryl Lynn Noel

Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics

In January 2005, police in Baltimore County conducted a 4:50 a.m. raid on the home of Cheryl Lynn Noel and her husband Charles. The target of the ...

Raid Of The Day: Sandy And Grace Sanborn

Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

At 7:10 on a Thursday morning in July of 1999, narcotics officers in Roseville, California rushed the home of 78-year-old Sandy Sanborn and his wi...

Morning Links: Corporate Welfare For Hollywood; ICE Union Wants More Deportations; Your Dog Is Smart

Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

-- Number of times the word Isarel was used during the Chuck Hagel hearings: 166. Number of times the word drone was used: Zero. -- If you're a pol...

Raid(s) Of The Day: The Capital Area Drug Task Force Edition

Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

In 2003, Time magazine ran an article on a federally-funded anti-narcotics unit in Texas called the Capital Area Drug Task Force. Made up of cops ...

Raid Of The Day: James Hoskins

Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

In February 2004, police from three departments raided the Middletown, Pennsylvania home of James Hoskins looking for his brother on suspicion of ...

Some Morning Links

Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

-- Animation of Cleveland police firing 137 shots into a couple's car. They found no gun or shell casings in the car. -- Let's hope so. -- The ...

Raid Of The Day: Sorry, Mr. Mayor

Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

On the night of June 3, 1992, the Venice, Illinois SWAT team conducted a raid on a suspected crack house. Part of the team used a battering ram to...

Raid Of The Day: Sorry, Mr. Mayor (Again)

Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

In September 2005, police in Bel Aire, Kansas photographed what they thought were marijuana plants growing in a resident's backyard. They showed t...

Raid Of The Day: Thomas and Darren Russell

Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

In February 2009, Chicago police raided both units of a flat as part of a drug investigation. According to a lawsuit later filed by the wrongl...

Raid Of The Day: Anthony Diotaiuto

Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

At about 6:15 am in August 2005, a SWAT team converged outside the Sunrise, Florida, home of Anthony Diotaiuto. The police said they had recei...

Family Of Nick Christie, Man Who Died In Florida Jail's Restraint Chair, Settles Lawsuit

Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

The family of an Ohio man who died after he was taken into custody by the Lee County Sheriff's Office in Florida, strapped to a restraint chair and re...

Raid Of The Day: Isaac Singletary

Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

Known around the neighborhood as "Pops," 80-year-old Isaac Singletary moved into his high-crime Jacksonville, Florida neighborhood in 1987 to care...

Raid Of The Day: Tibetan Monk Edition

Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

One of my favorites, from 2006: Some Tibetan monks on a peace mission in Omaha were recently raided by immigration officials in riot gear. T...

Some Morning Links: Crooked Narcs In Philly, Cops Get Practice Shooting At Children, More Coffee Please

Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

-- Philadelphia tosses hundreds of drug cases because of six lying narcotics officers. So far, all remain paid police officers, although they're no lo...

SCOTUS Goes To The Dogs

Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

I don't know that you could overstate the awfulness of yesterday's unanimous (!) Supreme Court decision in Florida v. Harris. Over at Reason, my f...

Raid Of The Day: Robin Pratt, Shot And Killed In Front Of Her Daughter

Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

In March 1992, police in Snohomish County, Washington conducted six simultaneous raids on members of the same extended family. An informant had im...

Raid Of The Day: 2001 Idaho Raid Results In Three Fatalities, Turns Up Four Grams Of Pot

Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

On January 3, 2001, Jerome County, Idaho sheriff's deputies James Moulson and Phillip Anderson conducted a drug raid on the Eden home of George Ti...

Five-Star Fridays

Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

The great Shovels & Rope. Just as you get to stomping your foot to this one, you'll realize it's a song about carnage and war. Devious of them. ...

Raid Of The Day: Reader Contribution Edition

Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

A reader writes: My apartment was raided by the swat team serving a search warrant for an embezzlement issue (re: nonviolent). It wasn't for me...

Shaming Bad Prosecutors

Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

This morning, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor scolded a federal prosecutor for a racist comment he made during a drug trial. While question...