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America's Cops View Citizens as "The Enemy"

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Lev Raphael

A sea change has been taking place over the last decade that's been invisible to most Americans. Across the country, in big cities and small towns, police forces have been turning into armies. It's taken the events in Ferguson to blow things wide open.

Radley Balko

$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...

Radley Balko

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...

Radley Balko

Massive SWAT Raid Seizes Organic Okra | Radley Balko | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics

A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-...

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 W...

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 W...

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...

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: 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 recei...

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 wrongl...

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 ...

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 h...

Marijuana Bust Raids 25 Houses, Mass Arrests

Posted 01.25.2012 | Denver

The North Metro Drug Task Force has been leading an investigation into a large-scale marijuana takedown ironically dubbed "Operation Sweet Leaf" that ...

Grandma Files Suit After SWAT Raid Triggers Heart Attack

Posted 12.12.2011 | Denver

So far as covert anti-drug operation names go, "Operation Jeez Luis" is pretty good. Not just because it resulted in the arrests of 16 meth-trafficki...

Radley Balko

Three Months After Pima County SWAT Team Kills Jose Guerena: No Arrests, No Apologies | Radley Balko | Posted 10.17.2011 | Crime

Jose Guerena, a 26-year-old Marine and Iraq war veteran, was killed May 5 when a SWAT team broke into his home a little after 9:30 a.m. According to G...