Radley Balko writes in The Washington Post:
In Birmingham, Ala., police launch a heavy-handed SWAT raid on a massage parlor.
Check the photos. Assault-style weapons. Masks that completely obscure the officers’ faces. Battle-dress uniforms. A battering ram.
You’d think they were taking down the Sinaloa drug cartel. Instead, they took down a shop where a few women are suspected of providing “extras” after giving massages.
But it isn’t just Birmingham. A couple years ago, I wrote about a similar raid in Houston. And here’s a screen cap from a raid on another spa last fall in Lebanon, Tenn.
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Obviously an irrational response to a non-existent menace.