KBH on SWAT Reform

You know what I enjoy? Emailing politicians and asking them to support my favorite pet causes. I can’t tell you how many marijuana reform emails I’ve sent Joe Barton (he’s not coming around on the issue at all). NORML, MPP, StopTheDrugWar.Org etc make it easy to contact your rep with a simple fill in the blank form.

Recently I asked future Texas governor Kay Bailey Hutchinson to support SWAT reform. Letting LEO play GI Joe to serve warrants on private residences is dangerous and an insult to our Constitution. This list of drug war casualties is littered with SWAT victims.

How does KBH feel?

Dear Friend:

Thank you for contacting me regarding responsible SWAT reform. I welcome your thoughts and comments.

I fully support the brave men and women that serve on SWAT teams in police departments throughout this country. They partake in some of the most dangerous missions that police departments confront. Their tireless dedication and sacrifice to uphold and enforce the laws of this land are commendable.

Internal reviews of policies and reforms relating to the overuse and reliance on SWAT teams would be beneficial not only to police departments, but also to taxpayers. The use of SWAT teams should be mission-specific. Any ambiguity in that mission should be addressed and corrected. Should any legislation on this topic be created in the Senate, you may be sure that I will keep your views in mind.

I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.

Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator

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