[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
a SWAT unit. Thanks to the Pentagon’s controversial “1033 program
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%
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.


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