Now Playing at Reason.tv: A Drug Raid Goes Viral: Radley Balko on the Missouri SWAT Raid Video


What happens when video of a routine police procedure is posted online? In the case of a Missouri SWAT raid, outrage, anger, and a viral sensation viewed over 1.2 million times.

Reason Magazine Senior Editor Radley Balko sat down with Nick Gillespie to discuss the raid, the video, and the fallout.

Approximately 10 minutes. Shot by Meredith Bragg and Dan Hayes. Edited by Bragg.

Go to Reason.tv for downloadable versions and subscribe to Reason.tv's YouTube channel to receive automatic notification when new material goes live.


NEXT: California Roundup: New Judge, Fiorina Waffle, Water-and-Power Struggle

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. Why is Radley the only one wearing a jacket?

  2. Why do they have the chairs so damn close together?

    1. They do some really good video, then they do this where Nick is humping Balko’s leg. Maybe they are still on the obscenity kick?

      The Jacket and Chrome Dome! (Balko needs a better name.)

      I’m telling you, there’s a market for a Reason comic.

      1. The Jacket and Chrome Dome! (Balko needs a better name.)

        How about just “The Dome”?

  3. Damn it, reason! I can’t watch the fricken interview because of the raid video spliced into it. GAH!

  4. It’s the dogs’ fault they got shot for being two of the worst breeds ever.

  5. Clinton said that Syria’s transfer of weapons to Hezbollah militants in Lebanon risks throwing the region into instability. We have spoken out forcefully about the grave dangers of Syria’s transfer Alain Silberstein of weapons to Hizbollah, Clinton said. We condemn this replica watches in the strongest possible terms and have expressed our concerns directly to the Syrian government. She added: Transferring weapons to these terrorists – especially longer-range missiles – would pose a serious threat to rolex the security of Israel. It would have a profoundly destabilizing effect on the region. All states must stop supplying weapons to terrorist groups such as Hizbollah and Hamas. Every rocket smuggled into southern Lebanonor Gaza sets rolex air king back the cause of peace. Clinton’s reference to long-range weapons follows reports that Syria supplied Hezbollah with advanced Scud missiles capable of inflicting sever damage on Israel’s major cities – a charge Damascus denies.?

  6. Police=Federal Bailout of the Donut Industry

  7. A link in the article to the original video would be nice…

  8. This is just one more example of police/military abuse of power. Thousands of man-hours waisted planning and implementing this raid for no more than a small amount of pot. Dog killed, child traumatized, and man arrested in front of his child and neighbors. This is a terrible trend in this country. Any time police can wear masks during a raid (not in this case though) there is something terribly wrong with the system.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.