John Oliver has been protecting points referring to the police — together with accountability and their role in society — for years now. And on Sunday, he turned his consideration to a subject that is been on the forefront of the dialog since 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police after they forcibly entered her residence with out warning final yr: raids.
Over the course of 20 minutes, the Final Week Tonight host breaks down why and the way police drug raids occur (together with the incredibly short approval times for some search warrants) earlier than citing the various situations of individuals being injured in raids which have gone mistaken (just like the time a toddler was critically injured by a flash-bang grenade).
“Officers are not often criminally charged and much more not often convicted,” says Oliver. “Botched raids often aren’t even investigated until somebody is killed, the media will get concerned, or there is a lawsuit — and even after they occur, law enforcement officials are shielded from civil legal responsibility by the doctrine of certified immunity. As for his or her departments, they are not even answerable for paying to restore a damaged entrance door or compensating residents for some other losses or damages even after they raid the mistaken residence — which is simply absurd.”
“Drug raids simply need to cease. And raids basically ought to solely be used as a final resort, to avoid wasting lives which can be in quick hazard. As a result of busting into somebody’s residence isn’t going to be protected, for anybody concerned. And proper now raids are getting used far too extensively and are destroying lives — each for the people who’re killed, injured, or traumatised, and all of the Black and Brown individuals who don’t have any selection however to internalise the teachings of that trauma.”