Sometimes the video is all you need.
This is something of a me-too. Radley Balko posted it. So did Robert Guest. And Scott Greenfield. Frankly, there's not much to add to the video itself: A SWAT team executing (if you'll excuse the term) a warrant on a home in Missouri.
A couple of weeks ago, I quoted this passage, written by Justice Antonin (head buried in the sand) Scalia, from the majority opinion in Hudson v. Michigan.
Another development over the past half-century that deters civil-rights violations is the increasing professionalism of police forces, including a new emphasis on internal police discipline. Even as long ago as 1980 we felt it proper to "assume" that unlawful police behavior would "be dealt with appropriately" by the authorities, United States v. Payner, 447 U. S. 727, 733-734, n. 5 (1980), but we now have increasing evidence that police forces across the United States take the constitutional rights of citizens seriously. There have been "wide-ranging reforms in the education, training, and supervision of police officers." S. Walker, Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in Criminal Justice 1950-1990, p. 51 (1993). Numerous sources are now available to teach officers and their supervisors what is required of them under this Court's cases, how to respect constitutional guarantees in various situations, and how to craft an effective regime for internal discipline. See, e.g., D. Waksman & D. Goodman, The Search and Seizure Handbook (2d ed. 2006); A. Stone & S. DeLuca, Police Administration: An Introduction (2d ed. 1994); E. Thibault, L. Lynch, & R. McBridge, Proactive Police Management (4th ed. 1998). Failure to teach and enforce constitutional requirements exposes municipalities to financial liability. See Canton v. Harris, 489 U. S. 378, 388 (1989). Moreover, modern police forces are staffed with professionals; it is not credible to assert that internal discipline, which can limit successful careers, will not have a deterrent effect. There is also evidence that the increasing use of various forms of citizen review can enhance police accountability.
Here we see that "increasing professionalism."
The cops acted properly. They got their warrant. They went after the miscreants. Did their job. Smashed down the door, shot the family dog, terrorized the family and the kids, busted the parents for misdemeanor pot possession - and for endangering the welfare of the kids.
Saving the future, one dead dog at a time.
The kids, no doubt, are grateful for the fine work the cops did protecting their sensibilities.
Once again the question: Isn't it time to stop doing this stuff?
God Bless us, every one.