Thursday, June 09, 2011

Gestapo Tactics 

Pleading guilty to breaking Godwin's Law, I am concerned about the increasing frequency of stories like those described here.

This sort of thing is right out of a WWII-era movie about the Nazis.

I agree with Glenn Reynolds that police should be strictly liable for damage and injuries they cause in the course of these raids. There are only a few kinds of cases in which these tactics are justified. The rest of the time I think it's just macho cops trying to imitate TV, and the police action violates the Fourth Amendment proscription against unreasonable searches and seizures. I say this as a guy who generally sides with law enforcement.

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