Tag: SWAT

Hey, we actually have a good martini today! Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the apparent news that the Biden campaign is not seriously thinking about Stacey Abrams the running mate to a very wobbly nominee. They’re shocked – although in some ways pleasantly shocked – to see former longtime New York Times figure Martin Tolchin publicly admit he doesn’t want justice or an investigation of Joe Biden in the Tara Reade matter, he just wants a coronation of Biden from the media. And they cringe at the imagery of a SWAT team forcing a Texas bar to stay closed after the bar owner brought in second amendment activists to protect the reopening.

WaPo Columnist’s Tour of Deceit Shamefully Stains the Weekly Standard

 

About a year ago, I revealed that the Washington Post’s “Criminal Justice” columnist is a charlatan who has failed to do the most basic research. In that PJ Media column, I showed that cop critic Radley Balko openly admits to have never actually observed police work, despite having written a 400-page book on the problems with SWAT teams as observes them … but, uhm, yeah … he never actually observed one to write the book. See the problem? He doesn’t. He dismisses the question as “irrelevant.”

Notably, the Washington Post doesn’t see the problem either. They rejected the PJ Media column that would have informed their readers of their own columnist’s hollow credentials. One wonders what else they might be hiding.

A Monster of Our Own Making

 

shutterstock_178632971In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. – James Madison, Federalist 51

In an article in National Review David French details how Wisconsin failed the challenge of that second great difficulty. The short version is that overzealous, partisan prosecutors politicized law enforcement and weaponized politics to harass supporters of Governor Scott Walker’s reforms in the Badger State.

Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking.

It’s 4:30 AM…
Do You Know Who’s Breaking Into Your House?

 

shutterstock_178633046No one disputes that police officers have an important and difficult job . Moreover no one — at least no one sane — disputes that police work will sometimes be ugly and distasteful, or that officers will occasionally make well-intended mistakes, sometimes with terrible consequences. When such things happen, it’s wise and just to give police the benefit of the doubt, both morally and legally, through such principles as qualified immunity.

This case, however, seems to show how all that good will can be abused. Nearly 10 years ago, police in Cambridge, MD received “an anonymous tip of drug activity” at the residence of Andrew Cornish, who lived in a second-story of a duplex. Inspection of the residence’s trash confirmed trace amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, which officers used to obtain a warrant to search the residence. At 4:30 AM on May 6, 2005, they carried out that search. While the police have consistently maintained that they knocked and waited as required, the residents of the downstairs apartment claim otherwise. Within 60 seconds of their entry, Cornish approached one of the officers flourishing a large, sheathed knife and was shot dead. An inconsequential amount of drugs was subsequently found in the apartment.

Cornish’s father sued on grounds of the illegal entry and excessive use of force. Both the district court (in its jury trial) and now the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit have found against the police officers on the matter of their entry: that is, that the police did not meet the legal standards for alerting Cornish of their entry. However, both courts ruled in favor of the police on the use of force on the grounds that the “superseding cause” of Cornish’s death was his attack on the officers, not their unlawful entry. This was based on the conclusion that Cornish knew that the police were police when he attacked them, a matter the jury and judges inferred from the evidence (Cornish being unavailable to testify, on account of his being dead from two gunshots to the head). For somewhat technical reasons, the result of the appeal was to invalidate most of the damages.