Ed Driscoll

Overkill

When the average person thinks of SWAT, chances are, this is what comes to mind. But last month, Radley Balko of the CATO institute issued a blockbuster 100 page report titled “Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America” and an accompanying interactive map showing the dramatic rise of SWAT teams being deployed for routine police work. He has no beef with SWAT’s original purpose: breaking up hostage situations, and the like. But using SWAT to serve warrants and breaking up illegal poker games? That’s a different matter.

Don’t miss my podcast interview with Radley, online today at TCS Daily.