Dallas SWAT

Until yesterday I had never viewed any of A&E’s Dallas SWAT reality show. Last night I caught about 15 minutes of one episode. This 1/4 hour of television showed much of what is wrong with law enforcement. Here is what went down on Dallas SWAT.

Home Invasion Search
The SWAT team was preparing to arrest a woman on an outstanding drug warrant. The house was known to have children inside. SWAT members formulated a plan to rip the door off the house and storm the residence.

A&E showed only a few minutes of home invasion raid preparation. SWAT members discuss how best to rip the door off, where Alpha/Brave/Charlie team should be, and what to do when they find the kids. No one proposes that maybe, just maybe, ripping the door off house full of children and sending a militarized police force is not the best idea.

Most people I know eventually leave their residence. Why not just wait for this suspect to leave then arrest her? This wait and arrest approach is not as ecxiting as the Rainbow Six approach. But why create a dangerous situation where none exists? Yet another example of the shift from Peace Officers to Law Enforcement. It appears that having a SWAT team obligates SWAT home invasion raids.

A Better Use for SWAT
I also caught an appropriate use of the Dallas SWAT team. A man was in his apartment and threatening to kill himself. He had a gun and may have shot at officers (I missed the beginning). The police used tear gas, and sent in a team to apprehend a disturbed and violent man. Stopping those who pose an immediate threat to the public is a much better strategy than creating threats by storming houses.

Johnny Baker- Cosmic Irony Strikes Back

Finally, the show also contained a segment of Officer Johnny Baker and his love of motorcycle riding. Officer Baker spoke about how much he enjoyed the rush of dangerous SWAT work.

What escaped Officer Baker at that moment was the cosmic irony of his alleged enjoyment of commercial sex services.
Officer Baker was later fired. Consensual crime enforcement giveth Officer Baker a job, consensual crime enforcement taketh away.


4 responses to “Dallas SWAT”

  1. Tuna says:

    I started watching the HBO series (now cancelled) “The Wire” a few weeks ago. Great television. In the third season, a police major comments about the militarization of law enforcement and how it’s kind of like Iraq with an occupying force that the residents of the community don’t like/don’t want.

    Good stuff.

  2. Edintally says:

    “Rainbow Six” 🙂 good one
    (btw: your blog never remembers my info…it takes like 6 extra key strokes. I feel like George Jetson after a day at the office. What gives??)

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  4. sean says:

    Being a police officer and a recent graduate of law school I can appreciate what the the men and women of SWAT Teams deal with on a regular basis…on the flip side of that, often what exists within these special operations units are frustrated want-a-be Navy Seals. Look, the constitution provides 4th Amendment protection to all of us. I understand that these entries are supported by the necessary probable cause, signed affadavits, signed warrant by detached neutral magistrates or judges, yet theses so called professionals needlessly, based on my experiences wathcing them in action, destroy peoples property even after the bad guys are arrested. Oh, by the way I am a former Marine Corps combat veteran and not one of these guys who got beat up in high school who became a cop to get pay back. Citizens! Know your rights! Don’t argue or debate the issue…just remain quite. SWAT guys. Pick up a law book between weights and act like it may be your family members house your entering before sledge hammering a wall.

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