We have the arguments here about LEO misdeeds regularly, and it seems to come down to what some think are the 'cop haters' vs the 'sane citizens.' But, has anyone ever thought that this has nothing to do with folks feelings about LEOs in general and more about the entire professions shift in attitude away from the American citizen rights?
Lets look at 'No Knock Raids.' There are countless stories of these raids being conducted at incorrect addresses or based on invalid or non verified information. People rights trampled, their pets killed, even the mayor of one town was raided because his address was used for a drug delivery through a delivery service (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B..._residence_drug_raid). One woman was killed when her home was mistakenly raided (http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10...l-mistaken-raid.html). Here is another mayors home mistaken raided (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...1951.html?1360761979).
Do a search for no knock raids and you will be shocked at how many mistakes are made. You might say 'its the internet and ease of reporting national news now that puts these incidents in the spotlight' but that is far from the case. The USA Today reports on the HUGE increase in no knock raids in the past 30 years:
The ... incident was among a growing number of no-knock police raids last year, a tactic that has grown in use from 2,000 to 3,000 raids a year in the mid-1980s, to 70,000 to 80,000 annually, says Peter Kraska, a professor of criminal justice at Eastern Kentucky University who tracks the issue.
Could it be that those that are paranoid about the US becoming a police state feel that way because law enforcement in general is using more and more military tactics like the no knock raid?