One Nation Under SWAT


| 8/14/2014 2:37:00 PM


Tags: Community Policing, Militarization, Police Brutality,

swat team

How the excessive militarization of the police is turning cops into counterinsurgents 

Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.

Jason Westcott was afraid.

He had discovered via Facebook that a friend of a friend was planning with some co-conspirators to break in to his home. They were intent on stealing Wescott's handgun and a couple of TV sets. According to the Facebook message, the suspect was planning on “burning” Westcott, who promptly called the Tampa Bay police and reported the plot.