Pubdate: Mon, 30 Aug 1999
Date: 08/30/1999
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Author: Andrew Levinson
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Re the home invasion and killing of Mario Paz by the El Monte police
SWAT team, Aug. 26: Arrest everyone involved in this operation,
including the El Monte police chief, the Compton police chief and
throw them in jail. SWAT teams shouldn't be conducting night
operations; there is no war going on. It is unsafe for everyone and
just plain stupid.

But it is very macho.

SWAT officers shouldn't be wearing masks in any operation; it is
confusing to the public who think they are robbers. Why was Paz shot
in the back in his Compton home by El Monte police? These people are

Andrew Levinson
Thousand Oaks