By: John Stossel - 8/21/2013
We need police to catch murderers, thieves and con men, and so we give them special power the power to use force on others. Sadly, today's police use that power to invade people�s homes over accusations of trivial, nonviolent offenses and often do it with tanks, battering rams and armor you'd expect on b attlefields.
In his book "Rise of the Warrior Cop", Radley Balko recounts the rise of police SWAT teams (SWAT stands for Special Weapons And Tactics) armed with heavy military equipment. SWAT raids began as rarely used methods of dealing with violent situations, like hostage-takings.
But government always grows.
In the 1970s, there were about 300 SWAT raids per year. As of 2005, says Balko, 100 to 150 per day.