we see it as reducing violence
says John Gnagey of the National Tactical Officers Association, USA, in response to concerns about the dramatic rise of heavily armed SWAT team deployment, after another innocent man is shot.
Dr Salvator Culosi was being investigated regarding an alleged illegal gambling problem, when he was shot after walking onto his own front lawn to meet an officer. He was not acting in a threatening manner. Look at him. This man’s only previous contact with violence was clearly the occasional smack in the mouth when he took his sleazy face to the wrong bar at the wrong time. The bullet that killed him was discharged “accidentally”. In the 1980s, SWAT teams such as those whose carelessness ended this man’s life were deployed around 3000 times per year. This has now risen to 40,000. Those naive enough to believe that the British police will be able to handle their weaponry with more care must be sleeping soundly.