Tuesday, March 21, 2006

BBC NEWS | Americas | Death raises concern at police tactics

BBC NEWS | Americas | Death raises concern at police tactics: "'I have no problem with using these paramilitary style squads to go after known violent, armed criminals, but it is an extreme tactic to use against other sorts of suspects,' he said.

Mr Kraska believes there has been an explosion of units in smaller towns and cities, where training and operational standards may not be as high as large cities - a growth he attributes to 'the hysteria' of the country's war on drugs.

'I get several calls a month from people asking about local incidents - wrong address raids, excessive use of force, wrongful shootings - this stuff is happening all the time,' he adds."
"The problem is that when you talk about the war on this and the war on that, and police officers see themselves as soldiers, then the civilian becomes the enemy."

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