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Official Ten-Code List. Radley Balko: “Once a town gets a SWAT team you want to use it” Radley Balko’s new book, “Rise of the Warrior Cop,” details how America’s police forces have grown to look and behave more like soldiers than neighborly Officer Krupkes walking the beat.

Radley Balko: “Once a town gets a SWAT team you want to use it”

This new breed of police, frequently equipped with military weapons and decked out in enough armor to satisfy a storm trooper, are redefining law enforcement. How did this happen? For decades, the war on drugs has empowered police to act aggressively. More recently, 9/11 and school shootings enforced the notion that there’s no such thing as too much security. Since 9/11, the newly formed Department of Homeland Security has distributed billions in grants, enabling even some small town police departments to buy armored personnel carriers and field their own SWAT teams. Once you have a SWAT team the only thing to do is kick some ass.

This problem defies the usual conservative vs. liberal calculus. Few of us encounter the warrior cop phenomenon. There are several levels of militarization. It’s tough. Federal Court Rules Videotaping Police Is A First Amendment Right. The Federal Appeals Court has ruled that video recording the police in a public place is a constitutional right for all U.S. citizens. This is a great win for the freedom movement. Public officials need to be held accountable for their actions. See ruling below. Plaintiff, Appellee, v. JOHN CUNNIFFE, in his individual capacity; PETER J. Defendants, Appellants. [Hon. Before Torruella, Lipez, and Howard, Circuit Judges. Ian D. David Milton, with whom Howard Friedman, Law Offices of Howard Friedman, P.C., Sarah Wunsch, and ACLU of Massachusettswere on brief, for appellee. Anjana Samant and Center for Constitutional Rights on brief for Berkeley Copwatch, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Justice Committee, Milwaukee Police Accountability Coalition, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, and Portland Copwatch, amici curiae.

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March 5, 2014 at 10:19 AM EDTCEQ Welcomes New General CounselBrenda Mallory to join Council on Environmental Quality as General Counsel. March 4, 2014 at 12:39 PM EDTPreparing Now for Our Climate FutureIn his Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2015 being transmitted to Congress today, President Obama is following on commitments to “up our game” in promoting preparedness for, and resilience against, the impacts of climate change. Supreme Court of the United States. U.S. Department of the Interior. US Environmental Protection Agency. U.S. Department of Transportation.