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Treating ordinary citizens like there were warriors on the battlefield.
The spicy dishes at a microphone vision -- see movement I look up there -- so Rambo kind of -- but I'm fascinated.
And a gun pointed at me.
That was Florida nurse the -- goals -- Describing what it was like when her home was raided by what she thought we're home invaders I dropped to the floor and I yelled my work and get down some of the gun out there the police knocked down her door -- -- Berry and her boyfriend.
And in the police searched the home without a warrant they were searching for a suspect they believe might be somewhere in the complex no suspects was found.
In Charlottesville Virginia parking lot out of -- beverage control agents around the twenty year old college students -- her roommates in their car that's after the girls left the store with.
What the officers believe to be a case of beer.
Being terrified that a plainclothes officers with weapons the girls fled the scene and made this frantic 911 call.
A and let me yeah.
In the end the suspected case of beer was a case of sparkling water.
The mayor -- -- heights Maryland.
Shocked how although experience and no not -- in his own home price all three of four men in black and masks holding high caliber rifles walking across New York.
Have time to process that.
Before I heard explosions explosions.
Of my door being blown open followed by -- -- Upon entry the swat team shot and killed how close to dogs -- down my hands they pulled me across -- living room had -- on the floor and from my front door which had been blown open.
I thought it was a home invasion.
I was fearful that's about to be executed later it was discovered the invasion was due to a drug -- mix up.
And you tell army veteran Matthew David Stewart's home was invaded by a swat team over the suspected use of marijuana.
Twelve officers from the Weber Morgan narcotics strike force made up of members from multiple agencies raided Stewart's home they're forced entry into the home resulted in a shoot out between the officers in the suspect.
-- Stewart ended up killing one police officer and injuring five others he was arrested and would later take his own life in prison.
Well no knock raids have increased from 3000 a year in the minute 1980s to nearly 80000.
Raids in 2011.
As for the map that's an increase of 3000%.
-- now is John Whitehead he's a constitutional attorney and founder of the Rutherford Institute.
He's author of a remarkable new book a government of wolves the emerging American police state.
-- You say yeah I've always supported and appreciated and still do.
But they're becoming militaristic.
How widespread is this is very widespread I mean there were 3000 so called swat team -- in 1980 unity thousand also the increase has been -- you know dramatic but.
What happened and early 1980s the Pentagon started handing out free equipment to.
171000 police agencies across the country you're talking about peace makers which have tourist assault vehicles.
Armor for the policeman so.
And cal Martellus assault rivals law but Blackhawk helicopters you have all -- saying this season have.
Fifty officers -- a black hawk -- helicopters now.
But what's happened is is that -- militarized the police and the police as.
Some army officer who told me is that once you put that gear on and we've got to have some -- -- now by the way which is pretty far out -- that's what they do in Afghanistan.
You can't see -- Europe against.
They become the military -- so I feel peace officer walk up and say sir.
Here's a war unlike the -- -- this -- officer wrote tool with his club coming down and saying hide the kids -- -- poorly they've got to pay users to assault rivals they shoot the dogs first inning.
I've seen some -- grades it's awful.
I -- Jones a young girl seven years old Detroit about -- two years ago she is asleep on -- -- income of storms these guys in -- -- the night.
Well they often go go go often shoot her -- kill her her press is quite over -- over.
Her dad runs out he knows what's happened they slam him face down her blood the guy they were looking for was.
-- -- Floors wrong house -- house.
Now what happens to to the police agencies.
And to the responsible parties when they do -- some -- table -- that case is ongoing right now and the court to -- -- ruled almost police officers have qualified meaning the courts it's very difficult and here's what happens when.
You get damages against police officers guess who pays the bill the taxpayer.
Of course so those things are going on the case of Jose -- down and -- Arizona his ex marine.
3 AM in the morning door goes down his wife start screaming takes his wife and child puts him in the closet.
He says it into this hall who is hunting rifle the police interest seeing.
Ninety rounds are fired sixty -- him.
He falls now.
They wouldn't let the medics take care of and he bled to death -- -- -- floor of the police claimed he shot of them investigation showed is safe here in office weapons.
My god help those those kind of cases -- seeing their shocking and up as a civil libertarian on this area forty years.
There's a trend if we don't reverse folks I'm.
I'm creeped out I say I'm worried.
Well I think we all ought to be and I want to talk to you some more about it when we come back.
When we -- on and asked John if there is a way that we can stop the militarization.
Of state and federal departments.
Across the country and what can you do to protect yourself will be right back.
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