One SWAT too many

In another story from my hometown paper, the Gazette reports that a SWAT team from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has been found innocent of wrongdoing after its members managed to fire seven bullets into a hostage taker—even though he had released his hostages, they had only negotiated for two hours, and, by the way, he had not fired at them. None of this sounds exactly blameless to me. But more importantly, what on earth is the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office doing with a SWAT team in the first place?

And did you know that some local police departments now have their own drones? This is homeland security gone mad.

Charles Peters

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly and the author of a new book on Lyndon B. Johnson published by Times Books.