The New Jim Crow

Source: Kris White

Swat raids have not been limited to homes, apartment buildings, or public housing projects. Public high schools have been invaded by SWAT teams in search of drugs. In November 2003, for example, police raided Stratford High School in Goose Creek, Sourh Carolina. The raid was recorded by the schools surveillance system as well as a police camera. The tapes show students as young as fourteen forced to the ground in handcuffs as officers in SWAT team uniforms and bulletproof vests aim guns at their heads and lead a drug-sniffing dog to tear through their book bags. The raid was initiated by the schools principle, who was suspicious that a single student might be dealing marijuana.

No drugs or weapons were found during the raid and no charges were filed. Nearly all the students searched and seized were students of color.

By Michelle Alexander

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