[Marxism] 50 years ago, LAPD raided the Black Panthers. SWAT teams have been targeting black communities ever since

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 13 08:51:11 MST 2019


For one of the most dramatic moments in American policing, the raid on the
Panthers headquarters is a relatively small historical footnote. But in the
years since, SWAT has become a mainstay of modern policing. Between 2000
and 2008, more than 9,000 of the nation’s roughly 15,000 law enforcement
agencies
<https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/police-militarization-fails-to-protect-officers-and-targets-black-communities-study-finds>
employed
a SWAT unit. Thanks to the Pentagon’s controversial “1033 program
<https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pbs.org%2Findependentlens%2Fblog%2Fthe-evolution-of-swat-team-equipment-from-wwii-rifles-to-bearcats%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmfleischer%40latimes.com%7Ca5b7a6b4519542fb2c7a08d779f5fec4%7Ca42080b34dd948b4bf44d70d3bbaf5d2%7C0%7C0%7C637111969751719974&sdata=mzwZnztiO6uKSB8Q8tjx8frHfEjlQJAHLGmlXveMvGo%3D&reserved=0>,”
even small-town police departments across the country have stocked up on
military-grade hardware, including armored vehicles built to withstand
roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenades. SWAT deployments increased by
more than 1,500%
<https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/18/us/forced-entry-warrant-drug-raid.html>
nationwide
between 1980 and 2000. In its Panther deployment, SWAT was transformed from
a tool of surgical precision into a blunt-force battering ram, and that’s
ultimately how it would find its calling in police departments across the
country — especially in African American communities.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-12-08/50-years-swat-black-panthers-militarized-policinglos-angeles



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