The SOS unit in Chicago covered dealt with drug and gang busts, and like so many of these “special” task forces, became a law unto themselves, not only violating the Constitutional rights of the citizens, but extending their lawbreaking into robbery, kidnapping, and even murder for hire.
Check out the Chicago Tribune video, where the SOS was caught on camera illegally raiding a bar and searching all the patrons without a warrant
There’s a certain inevitability of this kind of result from drug task forces due to both the nature of the enforcement tactics that a prohibition regime tends to demand, and the type of officer drawn to such enforcement tactics (and the good officers may not stay. That’s not to say that a drug task force can’t avoid corruption, but to do so it must actively work to counter its own nature.
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