Fl. Area Debates SWAT Teams On High-Risk Warrants

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In a memo 12 days after Broward, Fl., Sheriff’s Detective Todd Fatta was shot to death serving a search warrant, a sergeant recommended that a SWAT team be used to serve “high risk warrants.” in the agency, reports the Miami Herald. The memo addresses an issue raised after Fatta was shot by a known weapons enthusiast who had threatened to “hunt down” cops: Should a SWAT team have gone into the home of suspect Kenneth Wilk?

Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne faced tough questions after Fatta’s August death for not calling in SWAT teams. Law enforcement officials questioned why units highly trained for volatile situations and outfitted with superior gear weren’t called in when members of a task force that tracks Internet pedophiles used a battering ram to enter the Fort Lauderdale home of the alleged shooter, pornography suspect Wilk. Jenne has said that, “We cannot call out the SWAT team every time we do this. We do 10,000 attempts at warrants, probably 20,000 warrants, some more dangerous than this, every time.”

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