SWAT team raid was a product of our misguided 'war on drugs'

August 13, 2012

The death of a Reisterstown man who was not the subject of a police arrest warrant during a SWAT team raid this summer unfortunately is nothing new ("Reisterstown fatality raises concerns about police raids," Aug. 9). Since President Reagan initiated the so-called "war on drugs" in 1981, these tactics have become increasingly common.

SWAT teams were originally intended for violent situations. Today, however, they are deployed quite regularly, often to serve narcotics warrants as part of this misguided and racially biased "war on drugs."

It is time to end this senseless "war" and stop using our police forces in this dangerous manner. Unfortunately, President Obama, despite his rhetoric, has been a disappointment on this issue. It's time for a change in policies.

Brandon Levey, Baltimore

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