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Unlicensed-practice SWAT team raid was criminal, not just “doing their jobs”

A lawsuit against two Florida deputies who were part of a 2010 raid on a barbershop may go forward, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled September 14 (Berry v. Orange County Sherriff's Department). The deputies used overly aggressive "SWAT-like tactics," while checking for license violations, the appeals court said. It found that the search was illegal and as a result, the deputies are not protected by immunity.

The raid occurred when the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Orange Country Sheriff's Office conducted a large sweep operation in . . .

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