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ACLU Report Shows  Disturbing SWAT Trends

ACLU Report Shows Disturbing SWAT Trends

The ACLU released a new report on Friday, and it says something truly shocking: they estimate that only 7% of domestic SWAT teams raids are conducted for barricade or hostage situation. In reality, these paramilitary teams are kicking in doors in the early morning to serve search warrants (typically related to the War on Drugs). […]

Flash Bomb Incident Turns Mom into Anti-SWAT Activist

Flash Bomb Incident Turns Mom into Anti-SWAT Activist

Trigger Warning: SWAT Raids, terrible injuries. Alecia Phonesavanh has been through so much in the last few weeks that few people would blame her for turning into a media-shy recluse. Ever since her family sprang to national attention in the wake of a bungled drug raid that left her son in a medically-induced coma, she’s […]

The Fire Within: The Story of Ben Valdez, Jr. and His Call to Cannabis Activism

The Fire Within: The Story of Ben Valdez, Jr. and His Call to Cannabis Activism

By Ben Valdez, Jr. Fifteen years ago, on May 20, 1999, in Salt Lake City, Utah, I was preparing to go to sleep in my upstairs office at about 8 p.m. As I readied myself for bed, I thought how lucky I was to be a sponsor of Utah’s very first initiative petition to end […]