The first three minutes is the lead up to the raid. And the rest of the video is is of the raid. Then pay attention to the last fifteen or twenty seconds as they joke about what they did. Watch the video and see if Hannah Arendt’s The Banality of Evil doesn’t come to mind
The concept of the banality of evil came into prominence following the publication of Hannah Arendt’s 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, which was based on the trial of Adolph Eichmann in Jerusalem. Arendt’s thesis was that people who carry out unspeakable crimes, like Eichmann, a top administrator in the machinery of the Nazi death camps, may not be crazy fanatics at all, but rather ordinary individuals who simply accept the premises of their state and participate in any ongoing enterprise with the energy of good bureaucrats.
Evansville, IN — In 2012, the Evansville Police Department conducted a SWAT raid on an elderly woman and her two daughters who had committed no crime. After years of attempting to escape liability and hide the body cam footage, on Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that the EPD “committed too many mistakes” to be shielded from liability in the homeowner’s lawsuit.
On June 21, 2012, the EPD SWAT team was responding to anonymous internet posts that were apparently threatening to the police. Instead of investigating the threats, they haphazardly ordered a search warrant to Milan’s home where the IP address was traced. Having conducted no investigation about the occupants of the home, a dozen officers hastily geared up with AR-15s drawn, kicked in windows, threw flashbangs, and held an elderly woman and two children hostage while police tore apart their home.
After assaulting and endangering the lives of this innocent family and finding nothing, police finally conducted a brief investigation and found that the threats were issued by Milan’s neighbor, Derrick Murray. The following day, Murray was arrested and pleaded guilty to making the threats through piggybacking Milan’s open WiFi.