FBI raids of pro-life activists highlights overuse of SWAT
The raids are examples of the problems inherent with the overuse of SWAT and the militarization of the police at the local, state, and federal levels.
The U.S. Department of Justice is targeting pro-life activists. Life Site News reported on September 23 that the U.S. ordered a SWAT raid on a prominent pro-life author and side counselor for an alleged violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
The FBI appeared with a team of 25-30 tactically armed agents to arrest Mark Houck. Houck is the founder of The King's Men, a ministry working with men addicted to pornography who would also sidewalk counsel at two abortion clinics in Philadelphia.
His wife, Ryan-Marie, said their seven children were home when the federal agents surrounded the house at 7:05 am on September 23; then, "they started pounding on the door and yelling for us to open it."
The arrest warrant also accused Houck of attacking a patient escort outside an abortion clinic:
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