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John Stossel: Why are we giving the police so much power?

By John Stossel | July 24, 2014

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...Washington Post reporter Radley Balko points out that they’ve used SWAT teams to raid such threatening haunts as truck stops with video poker machines, unlicensed barber shops and a frat house where underage drinking was reported.

In New York City, these men in black raided standup comedian Joe Lipari’s apartment.

“I had bad customer service at the Apple Store,” Lipari told me in an interview for my upcoming TV special “Policing America.” “So I bitched about it on Facebook. I thought I was funny. I quoted ‘Fight Club,’” the 1999 movie about bored yuppies who attack parts of consumer culture they hate.

“People (on Facebook) were immediately responding that it was obviously from ‘Fight Club,’” says Lipari. “It was a good time, until 90 minutes later, a SWAT team knocked on my door. Everyone’s got their guns drawn.”

It took only that long for authorities to deem Lipari a threat and authorize a raid by a dozen armed men. Yet, says Lipari, “if they took 90 seconds to Google me, they would have seen I’m teaching a yoga class in an hour, that I had a comedy show.”

Lipari has no police record. If he is a threat, so are you.

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http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140724/OPINION02/140729...



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scawarren's picture

Good find, Allegory. I like

Good find, Allegory. I like Stossel and his stuff is easy for me to share with my older, more religious, family and friends :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

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Very good article by Stossel

Sometimes I think Stossel gets a little too snuggly with the State, but here he did a good job - every bit as good as Maher, yet without using offensive language.

If he's only as good as Maher

I'll pass. Thanks for the heads-up.

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