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Police Militarization

Raid(s) Of The Day: Operation D-Day

Radley Balko | Posted 06.03.2013 | 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: Hawaii 5-Uh, Oh

Radley Balko | Posted 05.29.2013 | 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 W...

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 W...

Huffington This Week: The Lion in Winter

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Jon Ward puts the spotlight on John McCain and finds the longtime senator both pursuing new fights with characteristic grit and reflecting on his legacy. And Radley Balko writes about the increasing militarization of our police forces, as the American Civil Liberties Union is now looking into the ways police are using weapons that were once used only for war.

Raid Of The Day: Cat Urine And The Opera Singer

Radley Balko | Posted 05.26.2013 | 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 W...

Raid Of The Day: Daniel Castillo, 17, Killed In A 2007 Early Morning Bust

Radley Balko | Posted 03.25.2013 | 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 W...

Huffington: Issue 42

Posted 05.25.2013 | Huffington

This week in Huffington, we sit down with John McCain four years after his loss to President Obama and find him at the center of Washington politics a...

Raid Of The Day: Cheryl Ann Stillwell, Killed In A Drug Raid Over Two OxyContin Pills

Radley Balko | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

Cheryl Ann Stillwell, a 41-year-old computer engineer, was concerned about the drug activity around her home on Florida's Amelia Island. According...

Raid Of The Day: "Operation Ready-Rock"

Radley Balko | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

As the drug war escalated in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the crack epidemic, police in some cities began raiding entire neighborhoods. The...

Raid Of The Day: The Hay Family

Radley Balko | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics

At about 6 am on the morning of March 8, 1985, 60 law enforcement officers staged a raid on the Point Arena, California ranch owned by Bill Hay an...

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 ru...

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 offi...

Radley Balko

ACLU Launches Nationwide Investigation of Police Militarization

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a nationwide campaign to assess police militarization in the United States. Starting Wednesday,...

Raid Of The Day: "This is what happens when your grandma sells crack."

Radley Balko | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics

From a lawsuit recently filed in federal court: Chicago police terrorized six children in the wrong apartment, demanding at gunpoint that an 11...

Interview With Vice

Radley Balko | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics

Vice recently did a short interview with me about police militarization. You can now read it here. Here's one of the questions, and my answer: ...

Raid Of The Day: Stephen Shively And Officer Tony Patterson

Radley Balko | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics

October 12, 1995: At around 3 am, college student Stephen Shively woke up to the sound of police battering down the door to his apartment in Topek...

Raid Of The Day: Jeffery Robinson

Radley Balko | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

In July 2002, police in South Memphis raided the home of 41-year-old Jeffery Robinson, a gravedigger who lived in a small building near the cemete...

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 N...

Raid Of The Day: Florida Cops Raid Cathy Jordan, Medical Marijuana Activist Who Suffers From Lou Gehrig's Disease

Radley Balko | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics

On Monday, the Miami Herald posted an article about rising support for legalized medical marijuana in the state of Florida. The article mentioned an p...

How Not to Police a Society

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.28.2013 | Crime
Tom Engelhardt

It was, in a sense, so expectable, so leave-no-child-behind. I'm talking about the arming of American schools. Think of it as the next step in the militarization of this country, which follows all-too-logically from developments since September 11, 2001.

Raid Of The Day: Reader Contribution Edition

Radley Balko | Posted 04.27.2013 | 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...

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

Radley Balko | Posted 04.24.2013 | 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...

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

Radley Balko | Posted 04.23.2013 | 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: Tibetan Monk Edition

Radley Balko | Posted 04.22.2013 | 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...