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snatch squad

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Definition of snatch squad in English:

noun

A group of police officers or soldiers detailed to seize troublemakers in a crowd.
Example sentences
  • Police snatch squads grabbed banners, sound-systems and arrested prominent protesters, seemingly (although not necessarily) targeting arbitrarily, and at one point making an effort to grab a soccer ball.
  • Regular patrols in a van with snatch squads patrolled the affected areas, especially on evenings and after pub closing times.
  • The excess of police armaments was in full view throughout the day and surprise snatch squads grabbed protestors who were masked or were perceived to be getting too close to the delegates.

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