Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Agitator Returns To Cato

For those of you in the D.C. area who would like to hear more about the absurd and disturbing tactics of SWAT teams and the militarization of our police forces, you should attend this event on Thursday:

Should No-Knock Police Raids be Rare-or Routine?

Thursday, September 11, 2008
4:00 PM (Reception To Follow)

Featuring Cheye Calvo, Mayor, Berwyn Heights, Maryland, Radley Balko, Senior Writer, Reason and author of Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America, Peter Christ, Co-founder, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.

The Prince George’s County police department is under fire for a recent drug raid on the home of Berwyn Heights mayor Cheye Calvo. Unbeknownst to Calvo, a box containing marijuana was delivered to his home. Shortly thereafter, police officers kicked in the front door and shot both of Calvo’s pet Labrador retrievers. The police have subsequently cleared Calvo of any wrongdoing but are unapologetic about their raid tactics. Are no-knock, paramilitary raids an appropriate tactic for drug investigations? Or do sudden, unannounced entries bring unnecessary violence to police investigations? Join us for a discussion of the Prince George’s incident and, more broadly, the militarization of police work in America.

It seems odd to me that the people who live by the motto "to protect and serve" use tactics more useful to "seek and destroy."

Oh yeah, and FREE BEER.

You can register at the hot link above. Hope to see you there.

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