If anyone has a better system, I’m open to hear about it.
I would only do a forced entry: (A) if there was credible belief someone was in danger or (B) if you have a “you won’t take me alive, coppers” situation.
The real reason cops (and we soldiers) “went in” forcibly is/was to preserve evidence for a conviction that might get destroyed — e.g, flushing drugs, weapons, or whatnot. A war zone is one thing.
Here in the States, the risks are so high (and the Constitutional violations so great) in a forced entry that a forced entry should not be performed unless you don’t need that evidence for a conviction – making anything but situations A and B unreasonable.
SWAT raids to collect evidence are lazy policing.
Do more drug buys, more undercover work, and less head knocking.
Yeah, some bad guys might get away.
But then, this baby would have a face.
These are not arrest warrants. These are search warrants. They are going in to get the dope that is being distributed. You don’t make a big arrest or multiple street buys. No, multiple street buys gets you PC to write a search warrant. You are describing above as a “take-down arrest”. And the drug dealers we want to catch don’t deal personally! This is not TV guys.
But, you want to go court catching a high profile dealer with a bunch of take-down arrests?? You realize this will go to court multiple times. Who is doing the buys, CIs???
If you want a good arrest that hold up in court. Have the big fish with a bunchof drugs, in his home, with his homies, with his weapons. That’s how you get a plea. Go to court on a bunch of street buys using CIs with a slick dope attorney… look out (and again, the big guys don’t deal. they collect). There is a reason why drugs are seized in cars and houses. They hold up in court.[/quote]
What has been accomplished besides badly burning a child ? If you get a good arrest does that mean no one will take his pace and eventually drugs will disappear on the streets ???
Hey, I’m no fan of the War on Drugs. This is a horrible, terrible, and appears unforeseen tragedy. If there was knowledge that the child was in the house, then by all means, turn them inside-out.
All I’m saying is that there is no criminal wrongdoing if they did not know the child was there. This is how certain types of high-risk warrants are conducted. I would have to know “the rest of the story” instead of an editorial with a particular viewpoint.
This is one reason I’m not a fan of the War on Drugs. But it’s legal, and it’s the way things are until the courts rule otherwise (or until politicians gain some sense).