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article image'War on Drugs' search warrants and disturbing SWAT trends

By Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti     Jun 30, 2014 in Politics
SWAT teams are kicking in doors in the early morning to serve search warrants typically related to the War on Drugs and according to a new American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), report, it’s happening in 124 homes every single day.
Annually, this is 45,000 homes across the United States.
The ACLU released the report on Friday, and it estimates that only 7 percent of domestic SWAT teams raids are conducted for a barricade or hostage situation. As many as one-third of these SWAT-delivered no-knock warrants do not turn up the expected drugs (including fatal raids where no one is held accountable).
Law enforcement agencies are using increasingly militarized tactics to enforce prohibition, even while support for the war on drugs is waning.
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