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4.5 SWAT Raids Per Day 9 years 8 months ago #390346

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Lessons from the Death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones: How aggressive SWAT tactics contributed to the death of a 7-year-old Detroit girl.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the police say they had information that their suspect, 34-year-old Chauncey Owens, was armed. He was a suspect in a homicide. If Owens were on a killing spree, knowingly fleeing police, or holed up in the house with hostages, it may have justified using a SWAT team to apprehend him. But it doesn't appear that Owens presented that sort of imminent threat. Police had spotted him earlier in the day outside of the house. It's difficult to understand why the police didn't confront him then or the next time he left. Instead, they waited until the middle of the night to conduct a volatile raid on a duplex, putting everyone inside the property in jeopardy. Geoffrey Feiger, the attorney for the Stanley-Jones family, alleges the police weren't even aware the building was a duplex, and only obtained a warrant for the upper apartment after the raid.The Stanley-Jones family says the police should have known there were four children in the building. They say there were toys strewn about the yard, and that a cousin warned the police shortly before the raid after seeing police approach the house. I'm not sure it matters if the police knew or not. If they didn't, they should have. And if they did, they shouldn't have used the aggressive tactics. SWAT teams are at their best when they're defusing already violent situations, not when they're creating new ones.
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4.5 SWAT Raids Per Day 9 years 8 months ago #390347

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Jesus, is today's SWAT thinking they live in a video game world where armed-to-the-teeth drug dealers and terrorists who make up an small army live around every corner? =/
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4.5 SWAT Raids Per Day 9 years 8 months ago #390353

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While it was overkill in the death of the little girl, I would say most of the blame lays on the grandmother who was fighting with the officer whose gun went off.
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