Editor's note: the original post also included the information presented by The Atlantic authors, as they presented it, concerning the shooting by S.W.A.T. team of "
26-year-old José Guerena, a former U.S. Marine and veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq”at his home as they tried to serve a narcotics warrant. Authors stated he was shot sixty times and that an investigation revealed he never had any narcotics or even a criminal record, but was killed in the raid. A very astute comment has come in, which you can read below, which contradicts this information and provides a link to the search warrant in this particular case: http://www.scribd.com/doc/57183432/PCSO-Search-Warrant-Affidavit-Jose-Guerena-Shooting
Please read both and draw your own conclusions. The commenter rightly points out that many drug operations are loaded with dangerous weapons and require extra care. As you can read in comments below, the focus for this post was not intended to be on a particular case, but on
1) whether an increase in employing military-style techniques and equipment is a good or bad idea, and how to consider each situation AND
2) Charlotte's political and police leaders have exhibited a troubling lack of transparency and accountability for their actions.
Please continue writing in on all topics. Thank you.