Brian Barnard, "a civil-rights attorney in Salt Lake City who has watched the growth of SWAT teams over the past 30 years," looks at the increased cooperation and technology exchange between cops and soldiers and asks:

"Do you really need 50 police dressed as ninjas raiding a house in the middle of the night because someone sold a pound of marijuana a week ago?"

Radley Balko has a back belt in inappropriate SWAT police tactics.

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