Our friends at The Show-Me Institute obtained this video of a Columbia Police Department S.W.A.T. raid that took place in 2008. This raid took place before the era of Police Chief Ken Burton and the S.W.A.T. reforms he instituted following the famous botched raid on Kinloch Ct.
The first four minutes is footage of the police driving to the location of the raid, so hang on.
A couple of things stand out.
Chief Burton admitted that mistakes were made during the lead up to the famous Feb. 2009 Kinloch Ct raid. Those mistakes included a lack of surveillance that would have alerted the officers to the presence of a young child in the home.
In this new video, several young children are present. Was a lack of surveillance to ensure the safety of children standard operating procedure and not a “mistake” for the CPD prior to Chief Burton’s policy changes?
There is a very telling statement made at the 7:30 mark in the video. The officer is in the bathroom with an extremely docile and confused elderly woman when he says, “We’re just going to put you in handcuffs for right now just so we can control you.” He then handcuffs the old woman.
I’m not suggesting that this officer violated any policy, but handcuffing an innocent old woman simply to “control” her sends chills up my spine.
Thankfully, Chief Burton has taken some baby steps toward S.W.A.T. reform, but paramilitary police raids on family homes take place all over the country, every day. In that context, his baby-steps seem giant.
Thanks to the folks over at Americans for Forfeiture Reform for their help with this video.