The Dallas SWAT team, object of television affection on A&E every week, has apparently run out of real criminals to go after. Over the last few days, they’ve been raiding poker rooms all over the area, busting in with M-16s and even jackhammers to bravely protect us from people playing a game of skill with other adults. God bless you, brave policemen! Pokerati has multiple reports on the raids, including many eyewitness accounts. In at least one case, a club called Jackie’s, after the police busted in and busted up the place to stop fake crimes, that allowed looters to come in after they left and commit real crimes, including stealing a big screen TV and many other things. Are you feeling protected and served yet?
Let’s keep in mind a few telling statistics. Dallas is one of the most violent cities in the nation, with a violent crime rate 3 times higher than the national average. The murder rate of 20.2 per 100,000 people is nearly 4 times the national average. Rape occured in Dallas about 50% more than the national average, while robbery and aggravated assault were more than double the national average. And yet the SWAT team seems to have all the time in the world to waste on stopping consenting adults from playing poker with one another.