Nearly two weeks ago, following posting a couple of articles from Mac Slavo and Dean Garrison on the comments by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia regarding the return of American Internment Camps, I also read an article by Dr. Joel McDurmon titled A Rising Police State is a Reality. McDurmon’s article was about the topic of Scalia’s comments and the growing number of stories we’ve been hearing about the militarization of local police departments and the growing use of SWAT teams. However, while I was familiar with the things he wrote about, it was in the comment section that I found a little nugget from the CATO Institute.
Commenter Jerri Lynn Ward provided a link to a piece by Radley Balko from August 2006. In that article, Balko seems to implicate Justice Scalia as being part of the problem of the rise of the Police State. He writes:
In his odd opinion in the Hudson v. Michigan case, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dismissed the exclusionary rule as an effective remedy when police conduct an illegal no-knock raid because, Scalia argued, police departments across the country have implemented better internal review procedures and oversight functions to deal with officer misconduct. In making that argument, Scalia went so far as to cite the work of respected criminologist Prof. Sam Walker, who later asserted that Scalia had misappropriated his work.
Balko then went on to list four incidents in which SWAT teams were used resulting in fatal shootings of non-violent residents. In one incident, one ounce of marijuana was found as the victim’s body was riddled full of bullet holes. In another instance, a Virginia man was shot and killed over wagering on sports events.
Then there was Kenneth Jamar, who was shot and nearly killed by a SWAT team that kicked in his bedroom door looking for his nephew. They were at the wrong address. To make matters worse, the address on the search warrant wasn’t even the address they were at.
Finally, a Mississippi man was beat to death while in the custody of the police. No arrests were made and no charges filed against the officers involved.
In all of these incidents, the victims are said to be to blame, not the tyrannical police officers.
Balko commented on the list by stating, “In all of the cases, one can’t help but wonder if the wheels of justice would be turning as slowly if the victim were a law enforcement officer and the assailant a civilian, instead of the other way around.”
I agree and that is usually how things happen.
In December, Tom Woods interviewed John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute and author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State.
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