One Nation Under SWAT

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

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.

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