In 1980, there were approximately 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States. Now, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year in this country.
79 percent of the time, SWAT teams are deployed to private homes.
50 percent of the victims of SWAT raids are either black or Latino.
In 65 percent of SWAT deployments, “a battering ram, boot, or some sort of explosive device” is used to gain forced entry to a home.
62 percent of all SWAT raids involve a search for drugs.
In at least 36 percent of all SWAT raids, “no contraband of any kind” is found by the police.
In cases where it is suspected that there is a weapon in the home, police only find a weapon 35 percent of the time.
More than 100 American families have their homes raided by SWAT teams every single day.
Only 7 percent of all SWAT deployments are for “hostage, barricade or active-shooter scenarios”.
Even small towns are getting SWAT teams now. 30 years ago, only 25.6 percent of communities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team. Now, that number has increased to 80 percent.
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