Police forces are increasingly using military-style tactics to carry out routine operations.
SWAT teams and SWAT-style raids across the country have exponentially increased in the last few decades.
SWAT raids occur at an estimated 50,000 raids per year and a majority take place for low-level crimes.
In 1972, America conducted only a few hundred paramilitary drug raids a year. By the 1980’s, there were 3000 a year, by 2001, the annual count had skyrocketed to forty thousand.
One annual count of combat-style home raids hovers around eighty thousand.
Police SWAT teams were only used in extreme circumstances in the past, now, they are increasingly sent out to perform routine tasks.