Yes, it’s long, but I highly recommend watching the whole thing (well, you can probably skip the part that the 10A guy starts talking, he was missing the mark all over the place).
Yesterday (1 October 14), the House Criminal Justice Committee finally heard testimony on Rep. Tom McMillin’s HB4914 (introduced back in July 2013). This legislation would require that law enforcement agencies report every six months on the usage of their SWAT teams.
From the language of the bill:
Sec. 3. Beginning October 1, 2013, and every 6 months after
that date, any law enforcement agency that maintains a SWAT team
shall report all of the following information to the office of the
attorney general using the format developed under section 4:
(a) The number of times the SWAT team was activated and
deployed by the law enforcement agency in the previous 6 months.
(b) Without identifying an exact address, the approximate
location within or outside of the jurisdiction of the law
enforcement agency to which the SWAT team was deployed, including
the name of the county and the city, village, or township, and the
(c) The reason for each activation and deployment of the SWAT
(d) The legal authority, including type of warrant, if any,
for each activation and deployment of the SWAT team.
(e) The result of each activation and deployment of the SWAT
team, including all of the following:
(i) The number of arrests made, if any.
(ii) The type of evidence seized, and whether property was
(iii) Whether a forcible entry was made.
(iv) Whether a weapon was discharged by a SWAT team member.
(v) Whether a person or domestic animal was injured or killed
by a SWAT team member.
But we don’t need reporting for these sorts of things though, right? I mean, bad raids never happen in Michigan!
Well, apparently the Republicans on the committee think otherwise. For example, Rep. Joseph Graves finds it worrisome that the officers would have to go back and justify their actions (7:20 in the clip). Heaven forbid a SWAT deployment be justified, or even just tracked! Further he goes on to say that filing a report of the incident doesn’t take it away (8:58). Really? I didn’t think about that.
However, that’s just one of the many gems coming out of Team-R in this hearing. The amount of stupid coming from them just boggles the mind.
Yup, just shows Team-R is all for transparency!