"Kade Crockford, of the ACLU of Massachusetts, says the records suggest the state's SWAT units are increasingly being used for relatively minor, drug-related arrests and reflect a trend the organization has observed nationally...

None, she suggests, were large enough seizures to justify deploying dozens of heavily-armed SWAT officers into residences where children or other unarmed civilians might be present...

'It's important for local communities who pay those police department salaries to understand what's really going on here,' she said."

– Kade Crockford, ACLU of Massachusetts Technology for Liberty Project Director, quoted by the Associated Press.


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