One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of police officers or soldiers detailed to seize troublemakers in a crowd.
- ‘Regular patrols in a van with snatch squads patrolled the affected areas, especially on evenings and after pub closing times.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As the demonstration reached the St Helen's rugby ground, the first snatch squads were sent in to arrest organisers.’
- ‘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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