Abusive Swat Raids

Reason Magazine reports on clearly abusive SWAT raids.  The raids were targeted at barber shops catering to African-Americans and Hispanics.  In one case, inspectors had recently been to the shop, Strictly Skillz barbershop in Orlando, Florida, and found no violations.  Despite that, the inspectors showed up again with a SWAT team, blocked off the parking lot, ordered all customers to leave, and reinspected what they had inspected before.  Again they found no violations.  This seems a clear case of overreach and harassment and is not how things are supposed to work in this country.  The police and other officials involved should be, but are not at present, liable to those whose rights they abuse in such a manner.

This problem is related to my previous post on demilitarizing law enforcement.


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