Glenn has been warning of the militarization of police forces for several months now, and a new surveillance video out of Iowa has many fearing the militarization process is already well underway.
“So I don't know about you, but I'm totally psyched by the whole militarization of the local police forces… I don't have a problem with this at all. Do you guys,” Glenn joked on radio this morning. “Because what they had was some items that are possibly purchased with a stolen credit card in the house. And so the S.W.A.T. team came breaking in the door… Of course, none of the items that they were looking for were found in the house, but we're talking possible credit card fraud.
Police were executing a search warrant at the home of a Des Moines family, where they thought they’d find $1,000 in merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card. Given the nature of the crime, some people, including the family, are asking if the excessive force was necessary.
Police claim they first knocked on the door, but the surveillance video shows an officer pounding on the side of the house seconds before officers used a battering ram to bust through the front door. Police are also seen destroying a security camera outside the home and covering another with some sort of fabric.
A search of the home did not result in the recovery of the items police believe were bought with stolen credit cards. “Two people in the house were arrested on unrelated charges, and the family says none of the items listed on the warrant were found,” the report adds.
“You don't just go in higgledy-piggledy without the armored car, without the battering ram, and without the full Kevlar suits and the black helmets – like, you know, you're the Imperial Storm Troopers. I mean we're talking credit card fraud – possible,” Glenn said. “What are you talking about? What are you looking for? What do you think is coming? This is happening all over the country.”
Watch a local WHO-TV report, which includes some of the surveillance footage, below: