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Drug Raid

When Probable Cause Looks More Like 'Meh, Maybe?' Cause

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics

On April 20, 2012, deputies from the Johnson County, Kansas, sheriff's department stormed the home of Robert and Adlynn Harte, apparently expecting to...

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$3.4 Million For Family Of Marine Killed By SWAT Team | Radley Balko | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

Under the terms of a settlement announced last week, the family of former Marine and Iraq war veteran Jose Guerena will receive $3.4 million from the ...

More on the Burley Raid

Radley Balko | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

On Wednesday, we published my report on the 2007 drug raid of Geraldine and Caroline Burley, in which a team of DEA agents and deputies from Wayne Cou...

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Masked DEA Agents Raid Innocent Women, Refuse To Reveal Their Identities | Radley Balko | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

Over a three-day period in June 2007, heavily armed SWAT teams, supported by tanks and helicopters, descended on Detroit's Eight Mile Road. The massiv...

New Orleans Cop Gets Four Years For Fatal Drug Raid Shooting Caught On Video

Radley Balko | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

A rare instance of accountability after a botched drug raid: As Natasha Allen walked away from the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse Friday, ...

Raid Of The Day: Doy Vanderburg

Radley Balko | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

Note: The "Raid of the Day" features accounts of police raids I've found, researched, and reported while writing my forthcoming book Rise of the Warri...

Raid Of The Day: Pedro Navarro

Radley balko | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics

Note: The "Raid of the Day" features accounts of police raids I've found, researched, and reported while writing my forthcoming book Rise of the Warri...

Raid Of The Day: Indoor Gardening Hobby Brings Pot Raid

Radley Balko | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics

From the Kansas City Star, just this week: "This is how we were awakened: banging, pounding, screaming," the mother, Adlynn Harte, said Friday...

Raid Of The Day: Lewis Caldwell

Radley Balko | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

Note: The "Raid of the Day" features accounts of police raids I've found, researched, and reported while writing my forthcoming book Rise of the Warri...

Raid Of The Day: Jose Colon

Radley Balko | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics

One night in April 2002, police in Bellport, New York were preparing for a heavily-armed raid that included a helicopter. As four SWAT cops rushed...

Raid Of The Day: Xavier Bennett, 8, Killed In Drug Raid Crossfire

The Huffington Post | Radley Balko | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

In November 1991, police in Dekalb County, Georgia conducted a 2:30 am drug raid on the home of Bobby and Kathy Bowman. Shortly after the officers...

Raid Of The Day: Leland Elder And Mary Schultz

Radley Balko | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

In September 1991, 85 agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Forest Service, and the New M...

Raid Of The Day: Anthony Diotaiuto

Radley Balko | Posted 04.17.2013 | 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 received ...

Raid Of The Day: Thomas and Darren Russell

Radley Balko | Posted 04.16.2013 | 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 wrongly ra...

Raid Of The Day: Sorry, Mr. Mayor

Radley Balko | Posted 04.14.2013 | 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 bre...

Raid Of The Day: James Hoskins

Radley Balko | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics

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

Raid Of The Day: Sandy And Grace Sanborn

Radley Balko | Posted 04.09.2013 | 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 wife G...

Raid Of The Day: Annie Rae Dixon

Radley Balko | Posted 04.06.2013 | 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 inform...

Raid Of The Day: John Hirko, Jr.

Radley Balko | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

In April 1997, a SWAT team in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania raided the home of John Hirko, Jr. after an informant claimed to have purchased drugs from him. ...

Raid Of The Day: Scott Bryant

Radley Balko | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

In late March of 1995, deputies with the Dodge County, Wisconsin Sheriff's Department claimed to have found traces of marijuana in a trashcan outside ...

Raid Of The Day: Sylvia and Elsa Romero

Radley Balko | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

November 2, 1992: Fordham University student Sylvia Romero and her sister Elsa were relaxing in their apartment when they heard a loud knock at the d...

Raid Of The Day: Richard Brown

Radley Balko | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

So as I've mentioned, I have a book on police militarization coming out in June. (Pre-order it here!) In anticipation of that, I'm starting a new "rai...

More Drug Raid Collateral Damage

Radley Balko | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
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So long as America's police agencies continue to use violence to serve warrants on people suspected of nonviolent crimes, we'll continue to collect dead cops, suspects, and innocent bystanders; wrongly raided families and terrorized innocents; and lawsuits and settlements that, inevitably, are paid for by taxpayers.

PHOTOS: Massive Bronx Heroin Mills Busted

Posted 09.04.2012 | New York

A two-week NYPD investigation led to a raid of two lucrative heroin mills in the Bronx, and resulted in the arrests of 11 people. The two factori...

Why The Government Is Ramping Up The Use Of Force

Radley Balko | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

Outraged by the Occupy crackdowns, some are now calling for a national discussion on the use of force. That's a welcome development, but it's helpful to review how we got here in order to have an honest discussion.