Raids: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) 

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John Oliver explains how raids became a favorite tool of police, how few guardrails there are on their use, and what we should do about that.
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Feb 28, 2021




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Joe Dirt
Joe Dirt 6 hours ago
This was a great episode. Reminds me of the first few seasons before political ideology became the driving force .
Chris Sims
Chris Sims Day ago
Sorry John, I can't watch your show anymore because I believe you have provided statistics on police raids in Chicago without context. That segment made it appear as though police were targeting minorities regardless of whether actual crimes were taking place.
Dane Burton
Dane Burton Day ago
allisa s
allisa s Day ago
TOTS-R-US???????? WHO WROTE THIS?!?!?!?!?
Gloria H
Gloria H Day ago
John Oliver gives me hope like no other, love ya man
Shibuya Neko
Shibuya Neko 2 days ago
surprised he didn't bring up swatting
vivek bhat
vivek bhat 2 days ago
Damn never felt so great that I'm not living in America.
Ireland Fyre
Ireland Fyre 2 days ago
Can anyone explain to me why he starts so frequently by saying moving on? Is there a long intro or something that we don't get to see on US-first?
Ishita Shailesh
Ishita Shailesh 2 days ago
so messed up
KarliN 2 days ago
Let's raid moronic cops.
Dall1 2 days ago
Ah yes "qualified Immunity". The one thing that allows Police to get away with literal murder. Thanks Supreme Court for this BS.
Peter Pedersen
Peter Pedersen 2 days ago
The one positive thing you can take away from this episode is Cop Rock
Gnarrcan 3 days ago
“Damn bro I can’t believe I threw a grenade in a baby’s crib” - an actual police officer lmao
h a n n a h ☪
h a n n a h ☪ 3 days ago
and people still say "blue lives matter" ... smfh well at least where I live in ohio, which is pretty conservative
icedraggon 3 days ago
Any doom fans out there notice the rip and tear comment!!!!
Michael Robb
Michael Robb 3 days ago
Amen end the drug war period
Anon 3 days ago
Perhaps when this is all over we can start to challenge the government line *"there is no evidence"* ... On drug policy, On prison reform, On mental health, On socioeconomic outcomes.... The countries of the world have done extensive research and they have *"The Evidence"* just like all those times during the pandemic when the government said: There's no evidence the virus affects children, There's no evidence general mask wearing affects transmission, There's no evidence the virus spreads in the air, There's no evidence of asymptomatic spread, There's no evidence of long term health consequences... NO EVIDENCE MY ARSE. If the pandemic has taught us ANYTHING it should be that sharing medical and scientific research with other countries is not just *_possible_* but is actually sensible.
Meisterdieb 4 days ago
@11:37 Let me get this right: They violently enter the wrong house , a family`s home, flashbanging and badly hurting the baby. But when they get to the actual address of the guy they´re looking for, they simply knock. What. The . Hell! Why couldn´t they knock at the first address as well?
Alberto Rodriguez
Eh, I think Oliver missed the mark on this one. The idea is not just to stop raids, as that is easily said, the real issue is to hold the police accountable, period. A potential and real solution is the abolishment of the the doctrine of qualified immunity (insane what it does btw), or the induction of consequence via legal action and penalty to the department and officers involved.
fitzmarker 4 days ago
0:52 - 0:57 Or if the Music Meister invaded a police procedural show.
J 3 days ago
excellent reference. i hope you're talking about batman: the brave and the bold music meister
Jeffrey Droog
Jeffrey Droog 4 days ago
If we taught people more that they were useless cowards for carrying guns,we could probably make better progress in this area.
Marlin Pierce
Marlin Pierce 5 days ago
At 0:09 you listed Hill Street Blues. However you made it seem like it was just a cop show like One-Adam 12 or Dragnet. The show Hill Street Blues dealt with issues of racism in the police force and police overreach in the face of an incredible crime climate. The captain, Frank Furillo, was an upright, just leader struggling with near impossible pressures to do the right thing. The circumstances he faced were very out of control and he did his best to come in and make them right. At one point it got so out of control that the SWAT commander acquired an armored vehicle which was practically a tank. Much of the issues we hear about today, which your episode depicts were introduced in the show Hill Street Blues which was shown in the 1980s. Perhaps it would be legitimately worth singing the Hill Street Blues.
Florence00pi 6 days ago
having more than 1 source to believe ... basically anything is like intelligence 101 .... apparently many in american police are just amateurs (no news there) ... land of the free ... lol
Kelley Peak
Kelley Peak 6 days ago
The war on drugs is crimes against humanity.
Kelley Peak
Kelley Peak 6 days ago
I fucking love Jon Oliver! This show never misses.
Mike 6 days ago
Murica. Fuck, yea.....
Matt Sena
Matt Sena 7 days ago
Not throwing a horseshoe or hand grenade into a baby's crib is a generally good rule to follow for everyone
Chrypton H. Draper
John Olivier somehow forgot the best line from police-themed musical media: 🎵“Love is not admissible evidence.”🎶
legendhero 45
legendhero 45 7 days ago
Oh no, moments of this video are so very very terrible and so very very horrible.
minoliti 8 days ago
It is never about drugs...It is about racism. Why they stop something they do on purpose? #usaisnodemocracy
Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith 8 days ago
You should have included Dennis Tuttle and Rhoegena Nichols, who initially were called dirtbags by the FOP. They weren’t minorities and likely conservative Trump supporting Blue Lives Matter types, but even those people aren’t safe from raids.
Benjamin Maynard
Benjamin Maynard 8 days ago
those pigs that grenaded the baby deserve public execution , change my mind.
Jenne Kaivo
Jenne Kaivo 8 days ago
It takes me more than 20 seconds to answer the door if I knew you were coming yesterday and you show up at exactly the scheduled time!
Zack Clark
Zack Clark 9 days ago
Police bullies do what they want . Beating people and tearing things up.
King S
King S 9 days ago
Swats for Marijuana? if we had this in Canada then 85% of all homes would have been raided by police base on "Smell" When you are travelling within Canada, you may possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent, if you meet the minimum age requirement of the province or territory you are in. It's your responsibility to learn the laws of the province or territory you are going to, before you travel. And if i get arrested for carrying 30 grams of marijuana i can press charges agains't the police officer who arrested me and highly likely i will win that case without ease. the rules are as follows: - 150 grams of fresh cannabis - 450 grams of edible products - 2,100 grams of liquid products - 5 grams of concentrates (solid or liquid) - 30 cannabis plant seeds In other words Welcome to Canada
ashley k
ashley k 9 days ago
republicans be like "maybe don't live next to suspected criminals"
ashley k
ashley k 9 days ago
if i was told to shut up while my sons face was blown off by a flash grenade i would be dead
Laurie Guilbeau
Laurie Guilbeau 10 days ago
It's so easy to get the police to raid somebody that it's now a thing called "swatting"
Maria Heshmat
Maria Heshmat 10 days ago
Just tell me where I can watch cop rock, so I can refocus on the rest of this episode please
Frode Hammer
Frode Hammer 10 days ago
now we save:)
Frode Hammer
Frode Hammer 10 days ago
we have the sosial structur, in corona time we travel. If the FU airlines could fly!
Xhumed 11 days ago
Also apparently cops can't tell the difference between a Taser and a handgun.
FOertel 11 days ago
Seriously, I only see the "You don't have to shout" scene and I want to hit that doorram in their face for THAT alone...
Righteously Humble In Jesus’ Way
Law enforcement are, ironically, addicted to drugs as well. In their own way. They will see it for what it is one day. Hopefully, that won’t be too late.
For all its faults the London police have the right idea; the regular bobbies and other patrol officers have no firearms and only a truncheon, and their armed TRG is only ever called out when the threat of someone losing their life is confirmed.
Jean Tremblay
Jean Tremblay 12 days ago
Maybe if a pig got shot everytime they do a raid, they'd stop that shit. #acab
Khánh Bảo Đoàn
But we know that the cops in the US (and in may countries around the world) loves to play with power. Raiding someone's home has a high chance of allowing them to play with their military-graded toys on unarmed people who can't fight back.
Long Quang
Long Quang 12 days ago
Only raids that r ok r the ones targeting crooked criminals with known criminal ties like Rudy Giuliani lol
Rita Taylor
Rita Taylor 12 days ago
Make the use but not the abuse of drugs legal.🌬️
Ferdizzle 12 days ago
Didn't they also have the wrong house with Briana Taylor? He didn't mention that.
“You broke into the wrong house fool!”
RedChili 69
RedChili 69 12 days ago
Then when they break down the wrong door, you then have to pay for the door that THEY mistakenly broke though.
Elle 12 days ago
Even with all this, republicans who claim to be “libratarians” will defend the police state what a shame
Elle 12 days ago
I’m subscribed but I never see your videos in my subscription box
Eleanor Southgate
If you're outside the US I believe it's because HBO has a thing where you can't see the video until a while after they get released. I'm in Australia and I've noticed that Last Week Tonight's videos are only made visible to me a month after they get released. Only solution is to use a VPN.
Bryn Robertson
Bryn Robertson 14 days ago
Decriminalize all drugs, revoke military-grade equipment, defund BYRNE and other police programs and make racial profiling illegal and punishable by jail time
Colin Johnston
Colin Johnston 14 days ago
John literally didn’t mention the fact Taylor died in crossfire. As in her BF was shooting and the cops shooting. He said it as if they mistook her apartment for the range.
We are all born mad
They may as well have. It doesn't make any difference, seeing as they invaded a home in the middle of the night.
catfish42050 14 days ago
6 minute mark, are you saying communities with higher rates of crime have more police raids, but that's a bad thing because of racism?
catfish42050 10 days ago
How about a quote from the Justice department on their statistics "Between 1980-2008, the U.S. Department of Justice found that 93% of Black victims were killed by Black offenders." But please keep blaming the white cops if that makes you feel better
We are all born mad
No, he's saying that black communities are being shot at by people who should protect them. Try to pay attention.
xSaraxMxNeffx 14 days ago
now all i know for sure is that i need to watch cop rock
John Doa
John Doa 14 days ago
Only MERIKA would have COP ROCK God bless MERIKA
Anthony Mort
Anthony Mort 14 days ago
I looked up baby merchant duuuuuuuuuude
Matthew Shiers
Matthew Shiers 15 days ago
Today I learned that in 2014, a cop in the USA threw a live grenade into the bed of an infant child. The fuck is wrong with you people?! How is this possible!? How was this ever allowed to happen?!
Matthew Shiers
Matthew Shiers 6 days ago
​@Cheek Boy Wrong answer. The correct answer is it should never have happened. And it certainly wasn't an accident - the cops new damn well what that grenade would do when they threw it into the house. And they didn't care to check whether there might be a child in the blast zone.
Lucess 9 days ago
@Cheek Boy yes... just a little accident
Cheek Boy
Cheek Boy 12 days ago
It was a flash bang and it was an accident.
Raiyan Khan
Raiyan Khan 15 days ago
He will win an Emmy for this episode. Keep up the excellent work my man
Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson 15 days ago
You gotta love that Governor saying he would draw a gun on the police raiding his home. Firstly there is about 10 of them running into your home and they just want to shoot something. But secondly he is white. He clearly does not understand the privilege that affords him of it being highly unlikely to ever happen to him.
jabir bashir
jabir bashir 16 days ago
Fuck free country , I live i Somalia a totally 3rd world country and the police don’t shoot as many people and do not invade peoples houses handcuff them naked
jabir bashir
jabir bashir 11 days ago
@We are all born mad thanks man ❤
We are all born mad
I'd take Somalia over USA any day. Greetings from Poland.
Tony Murphy
Tony Murphy 16 days ago
You're wrong, John. If you combined all Batman villains into one, you wouldn't get Geraldo, you'd get Joel Osteen, with the added bonus that he is genuinely a supervillain.
marksummers 16 days ago
As someone with family in law enforcement, I find this beyond shameful, embarrassing, and fucking revolting. Every single officer involved in these bad raids should be held responsible, and the commanding officers in charge should be fired. Fuck this shit.
Finn Nicholson-Crotty
Defund the police
Lucess 9 days ago
@Cheek Boy education and social welfare programs for example
Cheek Boy
Cheek Boy 10 days ago
@Finn Nicholson-Crotty What stops it better?
Finn Nicholson-Crotty
@Cheek Boy so we can put more funds into things that actually stop crime
Cheek Boy
Cheek Boy 12 days ago
Caitie 17 days ago
... cop... rock?
Léo Zaffran
Léo Zaffran 17 days ago
abolish the police
Cheek Boy
Cheek Boy 12 days ago
Tabby Creates
Tabby Creates 17 days ago
Congratulations John. thanks to your endorsement of Baby Merchant, the video for Baby Merchant is now the top result when you search it on US-first.
Sean O'Reilly
Sean O'Reilly 17 days ago
John Oliver is misleading
Sean O'Reilly
Sean O'Reilly 14 days ago
@NeoMegaRyuMK2 I'm glad you love it
NeoMegaRyuMK2 15 days ago
I love how you provide exactly zero specific examples of your claim and how you make absolutely no effort to provide accurate information.
Jared Schnabl
Jared Schnabl 17 days ago
Maybe America wasn’t ready for Cop Rock in 1990. In the era where shows like B99 & Glee and movies like Pitch Perfect are all the rage, maybe Cop Rock could’ve lasted... 12 or 13 episodes.
Mitchell Anderson
Mitchell Anderson 18 days ago
*Sees them talking about when grenades go bad* I remember that one time... *They bring in parents* OH...oh god no.
catman517 18 days ago
This guy is a class A-1 Dousche Nozzle I wish someone would take him out. I mean take him off the air. He’s the reason I don’t get HBO
Ameria Jones
Ameria Jones 18 days ago
I can’t believe such an incompetent and rather “me popo. me have gun, it go bang” mentality exists in a job where you’re supposed to be protecting us. Instead, we got those cops probably sending that video of them busting through that now traumatized man’s door to their group chat like “LOLOLOL😂 This was epic”, cops who just...break in without warning, cops who fire blindly, in panic, or they got trigger happy-throwing grenades into children’s cribs (thank God that kid didn’t die), cops who have no idea what they’re doing or where they’re supposed to be going, and cops with no sense of respect. What do you expect when you break in a random woman’s home and she, probably scared for her life, can’t even get dressed quick enough before being cuffed and then have the nerve to tell the poor woman not to yell🥴 You broke into a WOMAN’S house where she wasn’t even in clothing and cuffed her naked anyway. What, were you planning to take her to the station in her birthday suit, what’s going on💀💀
sufiheart 18 days ago
I dont understand why people are against reforms for their own good, in order to save their fellow americans from harm and trauma. Save their tax payer money on excessive spending and on settling of lawsuits for actions that should never of been taken. Why?
NeoMegaRyuMK2 15 days ago
Because some believe that the status quo is fine and that reforms would benefit people they think are unworthy of gaining things.
Lamar Davis
Lamar Davis 18 days ago
Yo that bit about smoking weed and having $50 worth of Subway cookies.....oh yeah that's 100% accurate
J Ross
J Ross 18 days ago
If our military members did this crap, or got stuff this badly wrong... they'd be in federal prison.
We are all born mad
That's a rather optimistic assumption...
DRENS2131 19 days ago
David K
David K 19 days ago
Thank you John, again and again. You are teaching me all of the time,and exposing me to things I really had no idea were going on here. Things that make the USA not-very-american. I'm not sure how effective laws are, or if this doesn't just demand people be actually educated in more than shooting people if they are given a gun.
Justin Mix
Justin Mix 19 days ago
That “Baby Merchant” was thee most unbelievably hilarious thing I’ve EVER seen in my life is the only way I’m believing it was a real song performed on a show on ABC in 1990, and they didn’t have to had made it up for this show. This show is awesome, but nothing has ever been that funny before or since. That was life changing
Tre G
Tre G 19 days ago
The poor training of police officers is a huge problem. Fix it! G*dd*mn.
Stacey Bride
Stacey Bride 19 days ago
"I'm not saying you should seek it out..." immediately searches baby merchant song
Vincent Joly
Vincent Joly 19 days ago
And how many times did these goons rampage in at the wrong address, murdered the occupants that panicked, planted a weapon and some drugs to make it all look justified and just all kept their mouth shut cause cops never rat on cops. That country don’t even keep statistics about murders committed by police. That level of transparency is mind blowing! I mean in the sense that they so much don’t care that they let the entire population know how much by not even keeping track of these incidents. At that point, such disregard for human life and justice is literally psychopathic.
Vincent Joly
Vincent Joly 19 days ago
Week after week, Last Week Tonight answers the question; “Why would anyone ever want to live in that shit hole country, aka the “greatest democracy in the world”. What is the American dream really? It must be hoping to survive the thousands of injustices of all kinds pushed on you by the richest 1% until you maybe get lucky and get admitted in that same 1% that oppressed you until that day.
Noah Gray
Noah Gray 19 days ago
John, of *course* the police need military equipment. This is the United States! I, someone who suffers from severe depression, could go buy an assault rifle right now without any issue. I could also buy type 4 body armor off the internet and the combination of the two means that a police officer with a handgun would be about as dangerous to me as a gnat. Until we curtail the availability of weapons and armor inside the United States - something we desperately need to do - we wont be able to demilitarize the police. Honestly, I believe that racism isnt even the cause of most police shootings, at least not directly. The direct issue is that literally anyone and everyone you meet could be armed legally or illegally which means that when someone reaches into their pocket a police officer has to worry that they are about to be shot. To a police officer, not being able to see a persons hands is stressful because guns are just so available. Of course police shootings happen as a result. The racism just makes it even worse.
Paris Knyght
Paris Knyght 20 days ago
ONE of the biggest problems is that cops are trained/believe that the role of police officer is to white people from all the danger (not white people) in the streets. So when a cop is patrolling a white neighborhood he's under the impression that he is currently in protect mode/keep all these innocent people safe. When they enter other neighborhoods they are trained to go into "we are now in enemy territory mode. There are no innocents here. no one to protect. Just justice needing serving." In other words they are trained to feel as if they are "Protecting people" when dealing with white people. When they are dealing with non white people/non white neighborhoods they act like they are clocking in for a shift keeping the animals in the zoo from escaping/eating each other.
BIZZIB3ATZ 20 days ago
The level of incompetence on display and the amount of heavy weaponry these clowns have access to is disturbing thank god I’m not from that shit hole
Aussie Drones
Aussie Drones 20 days ago
dis 4 china?
Serendipity Shop
Serendipity Shop 20 days ago
I can see raids being used in very extreme cases, as when you have serious reason to believe there are massive quantities of drugs being handled from a warehouse location or some such. This business of violently raiding people's homes because of a rumor or informant's tip that they might have a few ounces, and without independent verification of the info & perp location, is definitely for the birds.
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haladu abubakar 20 days ago
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techmouse1101 21 day ago
As a person naked and alone in their own home, I'm moved by this.
Zetectic 21 day ago
The so called War on drugs has been 100% failure. It has promoted criminality & vastly enriched the criminals while perverting the justice system
Lucess 9 days ago
yeah it was designed to target black people and hippies in the 70s as these groups were largely anti war so they could arrest them and raid their homes
bmhiscd1 21 day ago
Oliver looked genuinely angry delivering the what should we do bit
mike jopier
mike jopier 21 day ago
jesus fking christ mother fking holy ghosts of josephes birth rigihtttttt! Why havent iever heard of this cop rock show and where has it been all my fking life! This is a proven fact John oliver is the messiah and he is here to deliver redemption and save us from evil boys.... We must be ready for the path of judgement and salivation is upon us.. Praiseeee the new messiah!!!!
Beer Market
Beer Market 22 days ago
I just love when analyst start to over complicate things. Police are using flashbangs ? oh man we should write down the ways/conditions for a flashbang to be used and not allow them to freely use their toys. Police are using armored trucks to force their way into people homes ? oh man we should write down when it's okay to use an armored truck to raid people homes Police are shooting people with firearms ? oh man we should write down when it's okay to shoot people Police are tazzing people with a chance of them losing mobility ? oh man we should bla bla bla. Just dont give the guys the tool to commit this crimes. There is no way in hell a flashbang should be in the hand of a police officer a city is not a warzone and he is not supposed to "raid" homes like he's some kind of marine. But nooooo let's debate about this for the years to come and so they can keep their unecessary murderous toys while we sit back and think about ways for them to use in safe conditions. Best plan. I swear it seems like some states/companies just lose sight of the easy fixes and jsut start over thinking things...
Sem 22 days ago
so glad i didn't move to the states a few years ago for work... trump... pandemic... militaristic police force... i'll stay in australia thanks
techmouse1101 19 days ago
@Vanessa Magick Well I would rather die in the comfort of my own home, but I guess you would prefer dying in the streets. I'm not judging, though. You do you.
Vanessa Magick
Vanessa Magick 19 days ago
@techmouse1101 oh thank god that's SO much better
techmouse1101 19 days ago
@Vanessa Magick They weren't gunned down in the streets. They were gunned down in their homes.
Vanessa Magick
Vanessa Magick 19 days ago
@techmouse1101 Nobody has died from a spider bite in Australia since the 1970s but yes, innocents being gunned down in the streets isn't as much of a problem
Sem 20 days ago
@techmouse1101 nah ill go with the spiders
Leandro 22 days ago
Man, this show jumped the shark about 3 years ago
Charles Fitzs
Charles Fitzs 22 days ago
I hate all cops.
Rory Aids
Rory Aids 22 days ago
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