After Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, a veteran police officer in Fox Lake, Illinois, was shot and killed Tuesday, police instructed residents to stay in their homes.
As more than a hundred police with dogs and helicopters conducted a manhunt, schools were closed and a no-fly zone was imposed over Fox Lake, a town of 10,500. The city is between Chicago and Milwaukee.
The intense manhunt was conducted following the murder of a county deputy sheriff in Texas on Friday.
Police Routinely Overreact, Dispatch Militarized SWAT Teams
Police increasingly deny citizens the right to free movement.
Following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, officials in Boston, a city of 600,000 people, imposed what was described as a “total lockdown” as police searched for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“There is a massive manhunt under way,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said. “We are asking people to shelter in place.”
Militarized police went door-to-door in Watertown, ordering residents out of their homes at gunpoint and conducted unconstitutional searches.
Police locked down an entire neighborhood in Las Vegas, Nevada and sent in a SWAT team after shots were fired into the air during the Fourth of July in 2013. Police told residents to evacuate, but none did so.
In San Marcos, California, last year Cal State was locked down and a militarized SWAT team sent in following the report of a gunman on campus carrying an assault rifle. It turned out the gun in question was an umbrella.
Schools are routinely locked down under the most flimsy pretense. For instance, the L’Anse Creuse High School in Harrison Township, Michigan, was locked down in 2013 after a man in camouflage was spotted in the school.
Areas of an entire town in Arkansas were placed under a 24-hour, non-stop curfew described by the mayor as “almost akin to martial law” in 2008 in response to crime.
Residents described the lockdown as “like being in jail” and critics derided it as unconstitutional given that it effectively suspended the fourth amendment, Infowars.com reported at the time.