Atlanta Baby Seriously Injured When SWAT Team Throws Stun Grenade In Crib During No Knock Raid [Updated]

raid31n-1-webM84_stun_grenadeWe have previously discussed our concerns over the seemingly exponential increase in “no knock” raids in the country where police give no warning before raiding a home. (here and here and here and here and here). A tragedy in Atlanta will only increase those concerns for many. Atlanta police say that they purchased drugs at a home and returned with a no-knock warrant late at 3 a.m. to arrest Wanis Thometheva, 30. They burst into the home and threw a stun grenade which landed next to the head of a 19-month-old sleeping in his crib and exploded. The baby is in serious condition and is in a medically induced coma. The pictures of the baby are too disturbing to post. The police found no drugs or weapons or even the man they were seeking to arrest in the raid. Update: Police have declared that the state officials have concluded that no further investigation is warranted into the raid or the use of the grenade.

baby-burned-1The raid left a charred portable crib. The explosion opened up a gash on the baby’s chest, left one lung inoperable, and left the baby breathing on a respirator with a 50-percent chance of survival.

JAIL_INMATE_THOMETHEVA_WANIS__FRONT_05292014_060514_61_PMCornelia police Chief Rick Darby said that a multi jurisdictional force carried out the raid after drugs were purchased. The police cited the belief of guns being present as the basis for the no-knock warrant.

Notably, police arrested the suspect at another home and the family had nothing to do with the crime. There is always a risk of such innocent individuals being in a home — making the use of such grenades an obvious risk to the very young and the elderly.

Darby says that the police did not see any toys or children clothes that would have warned them of an infant being present. He says that his team is very upset over the injury to the child.

For those who are critical over the increase in no-knock warrants, the incident raises that same concern that magistrates are now granting these warrants with little thought and they are becoming the rule rather than the exception. The question is whether such injuries could be avoided if police announced themselves and demand entry. Police now routinely ask and receive warrants that waive the constitutional requirement to “knock and announcement.” Not only is this requirement codified in the U.S. Code, but it is viewed as a factor in determining if a search or seizure is reasonable under the fourth amendment. In 1995, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Wilson v. Arkansas that the requirement was indeed part of the constitutional test and in Richards v. Wisconsin the Court later rejected categorical waivers for “knock and announcement” for cases like drug investigations. Police must show on a case-by-case basis that they have reasonable suspicion of exigent circumstances.

Source: WSBTV

82 thoughts on “Atlanta Baby Seriously Injured When SWAT Team Throws Stun Grenade In Crib During No Knock Raid [Updated]

  1. I say the team can be sorry in jail along with their superiors. Police services see no limits to what they do because the suffer no consequences. Judges too need to suffer consequences for their failure to actually exercise their judicial power. Too many judges just give no knock warrants with little or no analysis. It is time for personal responsibity for these individuals.

  2. The law suit is going to be interesting. Interjuristidictional means they had a bunch of cops from a bunch of towns helping out at 3 am. It appears that after the drug buy they did not keep the place under surveillance to see who was arriving or leaving. For all they knew, their suspect was not even there.

    This is how Waco started. And this is why Tim McVeigh was upset about Waco, it was the children that were killed.

  3. I notice they are not saying they found drugs or guns, so I am guessing they probably did not.

  4. I wonder how many more times I will need to use the words Gestapo & KGB in my replies to describe the police. It will not end until the book 1984 becomes reality.

  5. Far too many people are content with our “War on (terror, drugs, guns, etc)” and don’t realize what this means. The war on drugs does not take down just sleazy criminals that want to sell crack cocaine to your 7 year old daughter. The war on drugs also kills babies, puts 70 year old men in prison for smoking pot to alleviate pain, 20 year old cancer survivors that smoke pot to give them relief from cancer drugs, and it maims and kills thousands others as “collateral” damage. until people stop and think what this “war” is really doing, we will continue to see stories like this.

    Sad, so sad.

  6. A Paramilitary strike on a family household in the dead of night. A sledgehammer used to SWAT a fly. As i have long said, American law enforcement has become one of the leading dangers to life we face. A badge has become a license to kill.

  7. Police forces wouldn’t run amok to the extent they have without strong reinforcement from above. Their behavior is symptomatic of the widespread, brutish corruption that currently saturates most of our institutions. Those of comfortable means are usually the last to recognize a society in decline because they’re the last to be affected by it.

  8. There is a LIMITED legit need for no knock warrants. Some police depts. abuse them, w/ the judges and magistrates enabling that abuse. It’s been going on for some time and this is a result. Tragic.

  9. This is disturbing. And what they said after the fact is equally disturbing. Their excuse is that they didn’t see toys lying around. They thus suggest that parents invite harm to their child if they are tidy or if their infant is too young to play on the floor with toys.

    There was a crib in plain view–adequate warning that a child was nearby. Nothing on the police officer’s agenda could have been more important than avoiding harm to that innocent child.

  10. “A society in decline”, so true Mary Halverson. The genie is out of the bottle, how to get him back in as far as demilitarizing our police forces. What would an even more authoritarian country look like?

  11. Cops/judges will hide behind their qualified immunity against any liability. Even if the occupants of the house sue, and are successful in finding a chink in the “immunity armor”, I’m sure laws have been passed to limit the financial liabilty of all the counties/cities involved. Cops/judges don’t care because they know it is almost impossible to touch their repugnant, despicable, worthless lives. Another sad day in America.

  12. Tom – there are some new decisions that show that this kind of stupid decision may not deserve qualified immunity.

  13. Bill – you are correct. Obamacare should be taking care of all of this. Or the police department who dumped the bomb in the crib.

  14. I’d like to hear Darren chime in here. Why could not the police simply surround the house in daylight and send another buyer to the door. If they successfully bought drugs once, why couldn’t they do that again?

    Police make mistakes, and the harm caused by this mistake is tragic. I would rather see criminals go free than for situations like this to happen. It is even more tragic that this is over stupid drugs. Drugs cause harm, but here we have police causing even more harm over the drugs. How is the violence of the police against this family any more justified than the violence of a drug addict wanting his fix? And what culpability does the judge have for granting a warrant like this? Seems like they just rubber stamp their tyranny over the rights of citizens.

  15. Why so much effort to take down poor people and much less effort to take down wealthy criminals? Perhaps small time drug dealers aren’t donating enough to political campaigns.

  16. Oh, that poor baby. I hope he makes it, without a permanent brain injury or other serious consequences. He was the innocent one in all this mess.

    I understand why police prefer no knock. Every time they enter a suspect’s home, they are going into unknown territory, risking their life. They get on edge. Plus suspects often destroy evidence as they delay answering.

    But on the other hand, bursting in frightens the occupants, who might violently defend themselves when they wouldn’t with a calmer entry. And throwing a stun grenade without being accurate is not acceptable. It could also have landed next to an elderly person, the family pet, anything or anyone. As David has pointed out, why not just send in another “drug buyer” and push in when the door was opened? Going in at night when everyone was asleep does sound like they were afraid of armed resistance, but it also sounds like it has become policy to do so. Expectation of armed resistance has become a policy of just assuming everyone will be armed.

    I feel very sorry for who threw the stun grenade. It was a combination of department policy and him throwing a grenade blindly into the dark that hurt that child.

  17. Why are the police upset? None of them were injured. Oh, that’s right; this incident makes them look bad. Militarized police need to get used to collateral damage.

  18. Five Unnecessary SWAT Team Raids Gone Terribly Wrong
    Sunday, 15 December 2013
    By Kevin Mathews, Care2 | Report

    If you’ve noticed that police forces are becoming increasingly militarized lately, it’s not just your imagination. In the past two decades, SWAT team activity has increased by 1,500%. It’s not that life has gotten that much more dangerous, it’s that authorities have chosen to respond to even innocent situations as if they were in a warzone. The problem is not contained to urban areas, either. A full 80% of towns with 25,000 to 50,000 residents now have their own SWAT teams, up from just 13% in the 1980s.

    The Baltimore Sun did an analysis of SWAT deployment in Maryland and found the militarized team was sent out nearly five times each day. Only 6% of SWAT-involved incidents were for extreme emergency situations (bank robberies, barricades, hostage holding) – most were for search warrants or apprehending suspects involved in trivial matters like misdemeanors.

    This shift toward a heavy reliance on SWAT teams does not fulfill the mission of “protecting and serving.” If anything, the violent tactics put everyone – including bystanders – in more danger. Let’s not understate the psychology of the situation either – when you dress police in war gear, they’re going to feel like soldiers out for a kill, not officers of peace.

    Here are five examples when the SWAT team was wholly unnecessary:

    1. Slaying a Marine for Unsubstantiated Drug Suspicions

    U.S. Marine Jose Guerena awoke one morning to hear noise outside of his house; believing he was being robbed, he hid his wife and kid in the closet and grabbed a gun for defense. It turns out, however, a SWAT team had gathered to search Guerena’s house for drugs due to having a family member involved in illicit activities. Notably, police acknowledged that no evidence was ever found to connect Guerena to selling drugs – including in the two-year police investigation leading up to the raid.

    Within ten seconds of entering the house, the SWAT team shot at Guerena 71 times, hitting him a fatal 22 times. Though SWAT officials would later attempt to claim Guerena shot first, evidence proved that he never fired his rifle. Ultimately, the government admitted it was wrong and agreed to pay $3.4 million, but the payout was not accompanied by job terminations or policy changes, of course.

    2. Killing a Baby Deer

    When authorities learned that a young deer, Giggles, was being nursed back to health at a no-kill animal shelter in Wisconsin, a heavily armed SWAT team busted into the shelter. Apparently, state law prevents people from keeping wildlife, and the SWAT team took their job very seriously… by euthanizing Giggles, who would have otherwise been sent to a wildlife sanctuary the next day. In trying to justify the excessive force, a spokesperson compared the deer raid to a “drug bust.”

    3. Copyright Infringement

    When Atlanta police thought that DJ Drama might be involved in illegal music piracy, they didn’t hesitate to bring out the big guns – literally. A SWAT team raided DJ Drama’s studio as he worked at the request of the RIAA. Yes, even copyright law is pursued with militarized police now.

    Authorities later attempted to justify their extreme response by explaining that “bootleggers” generally keep drugs and weapons on hand. Granted, nothing of the sort was found in the studio, but you can never be too careful when it comes to potential copyright infringement.

  19. SWAT team throws flashbangs, raids wrong home due to open WiFi network
    Whoops! Those anonymous Internet threats came from up the block.
    by Nate Anderson
    June 28 2012

    The long-standing, heavily documented militarization of even small-town American police forces was always going to create problems when it met anonymous Internet threats. And so it has, again—this time in Evansville, Indiana, where officers acted on some Topix postings threatening violence against local police. They then sent an entire SWAT unit to execute a search warrant on a local house, one in which the front door was open and an 18-year old woman sat inside watching TV.

    The cops brought along TV cameras, inviting a local reporter to film the glorious operation. In the resulting video, you can watch the SWAT team, decked out in black bulletproof vests and helmets and carrying window and door smashers, creep slowly up to the house. At some point, they apparently “knock” and announce their presence—though not with the goal of getting anyone to come to the door. As the local police chief admitted later to the Evansville Courier & Press, the process is really just “designed to distract.” (SWAT does not need to wait for a response.)

    Officers break the screen door and a window, tossing a flashbang into the house—which you can see explode in the video. A second flashbang gets tossed in for good measure a moment later. SWAT enters the house.

    On the news that night, the reporter ends his piece by talking about how this is “an investigation that hits home for many of these brave officers.”

    But the family in the home was released without any charges as police realized their mistake. Turns out the home had an open WiFi router, and the threats had been made by someone outside the house. Whoops.

  20. Not only is there nothing about finding any illegal guns or drugs, but the guy they were looking for was not even in the house.

  21. Nick, my friend, the ‘limit(s)’ is/are the Fourth Amendment and the Fourteenth. Period.And Karen, their ‘risking their life’ is what they get paid to do. They can risk their lives all they want, just not MY life.

  22. Disgusting story. People should be losing their jobs over this kind of over reach.. I hope the family can go after the PD and the city to get some compensation for this violent crime. What ever happened to Serve and Protect?


    The family of the injured baby, including three older sisters, were visiting from Wisconsin after their house burned down. There is no indication they were involved in any illegal activity.

    Sheriff Joey Terrell claims that he contacted the GBI and was told no further investigation was needed.

    Seriously? No further investigation needed when they nearly blew off a baby’s head? Aren’t police supposed to have a clear view of the area before tossing a flashbang grenade?

    They arrested the man they were after at a different house. Is it somehow strategically impossible to have watched the house and arrested him when he left?

  24. James Knauer, Thanks for the Silver Lining Report regarding the House passing a sane no arrest law. However, the thuggish AG doesn’t feel compelled to follow laws. Nobody is “The boss of him,” in his mind.

  25. JK, I see the bill forbidding Feds to arrest medical cannabis patients was introduced by a libertarian Republican Rohrbacher of Ca., and got bipartisan support. Your link has the vote being 219-189.

  26. Chief Darby is being disingenuous.

    A “stun grenade” (probably a flashbang) is a potentially lethal weapon and like all lethal weapons you do not discharge it until you know who is in the line of fire. Anything different is criminal negligence.

    (For those of you who dispute that a flashbang is potentially lethal, try this experiment – hold a flashbang in your hand and set it off. Your spouse will be opening your ketchup bottles from now on.)

  27. The house was under surveillance but the cops missed the four carseats in the car they had to walk around to get to the door they broke down?

    This entire family has been seriously traumatized.

    I hope every one of these cops sees that toddler every day and every night – nightmares day and night. If any member of the swat team is a decent human being he will resign. I don’t expect that any of them will be punished by law enforcement.

    The Sheriff has already said that there is no need for an investigation.

  28. bettykath – and they told the mother it was blood from a broken tooth, not a crushed chest

  29. BK, Surveillance done correctly is hard work. Cops hate hard work. I bet the surveillance was half assed.

  30. Personanongrata,
    I have to agree. I am looking forward to the day these kind of domestic terrorism cases are heard in front of a Judge.

  31. Paul C. Schulte
    “This is how Waco started. And this is why Tim McVeigh was upset about Waco, it was the children that were killed.”
    = = =
    And so he went and killed more children because … logic?

  32. This is typical behavior for Police today. Everyday another person harassed; abused; killed; or otherwise molested by who? Cops.

    It’s time to admit that we are sitting ducks for the spawn of our own fears.

    Why are we so willing to give up our rights?

    Why are we such cowards that we require Storm-Troopers to PROTECT??? us?

  33. If a Magistrate issued a no knock warrant in this case then it would be fitting if some relative of the victim would drop by the Magistrate’s home with a stun grenade of his own and do some turn about is fair play. And all is fair in love and war.

    I like all of the comments above.

  34. David:

    I have very little to go on as to what the circumstances were in this case but generally the no-knock warrant is to be used when there is a serious risk of violence being used against the police if they carry out the search warrant in the usual manner. The reason is that the element of surprise to take custody of the scene and the persons inside without any injury. That is the basic reason, again, I don’t have the particulars in this case. There are really limited circumstances where this is warranted compared with the numbers of ordinary search warrants.

    One of the reasons night times are used is because, most of the time, the individuals inside are asleep and if they are to react violently, it will require them more time to orient themselves and pose a threat. The flash-bangs add to this time due to their disorientating nature. A smaller use of flash bangs, probably not the intent in this case, can be used to draw fire from an armed and jittery suspect who might be spooked into shooting at the flash-bang and a disarming tactic then can be used.

    An argument that is often made as to how fast a search warrant entry is made is the opportunity for those inside to destroy evidence. That has been the subject of very contentious debate over the years.

    Again, I don’t have the particulars of this case but in my opinion flash-bangs, if they are to be used, shouldn’t generally ever be lobbed or tossed upward to fall down inside of a closed space, especially one not well lit. The better way is to toss them side handed from a low angle so they more or less skip off the ground. Blindly tossing in is just asking for something bad to happen. There is something to be said about putting one just outside the window of where a suspect is and detonating it. It’s not nearly as disorientating but it is surely distracting and significantly less risky.

    This is what I can say about the incident. It seems, as reported in the news article, the warrant was served under the allegations of a single drug buy and that was several days earlier. LEOs and society in general I suppose has to ask if a single drug buy merits such a use of force on the community or drug dealers given the inherent risks in these types of operations. If a situation involved a single buy of a bomb or something like that I can see such a single incident justifying the type of entry made. Moreover, in this incident, the officers have to articulate to the magistrate that the targeted indivudual inside the dwelling is inside and presents a clear and present risk to the officers. In my view this falls apart when the officers couldn’t probable cause that he was inside for certain due to the lapse in surveillance. If there was no clear and present danger, than an ordinary search warrant execution would have only been what the magistrate should have approved.

  35. That’s a bit too fare “fake”

    No need to make this issue convoluted by giving the bad faith parties a “We can prove we didn’t do that” escape clause.

    Macho badge boys who want to utilize brute force over extensively; is becoming a primer for a harsher police state.

    A recent carton on my FB was that of a policeman arriving, with a hoodie guy having shot another (laying on the ground, gun in belt with hands on) and the remarks;

    I believe he was targeting me – biased, as a neighborhood watcher – and might shoot me under Stand Your Ground laws;

    so I shot him!

    Can you picture people now pulling their guns;
    when they see police running up to the door?

  36. A better ending to a tragic event.

    CLEVELAND – A grand jury indicted six Cleveland police officers Friday in connection to the Nov. 29, 2012 deadly police chase and shooting.

    Officer Michael Brelo was indicted on two counts of manslaughter in regards to the shooting. This charge carries a mandatory sentence of three to 11 years in prison.

    Brelo was immediately relieved of duty and is on un-paid administrative leave pending the adjudication of the charges.

    Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, led Brelo and 12 other Cleveland police officers on a 23-minute high-speed chase. The chase ended with a shootout in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland.

    Officer Brelo fired 49 of the 137 bullets that were fired into Russell’s car by Cleveland police officers, more than any other officer involved.

    Brelo fired 15 shots at the victims from close range while he was on the hood of Russell’s car.

    Investigators later determined Russell and Williams were unarmed.

    The grand jury charged five supervisors with dereliction of duty. Those officers include: Sgt. Michael Donegan, Lt. Paul Wilson, and Sgts. Randolph Daley, Jason Edens and Patricia Coleman. These officers will be reassigned to restricted duty pending the adjudication of the criminal charges.

    Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said in a statement Friday, these five supervisors “failed to do their duty to control and manage the chase, and thereby endangered both the public and the police officers they were supposed to be leading.”

    Russell and Williams’ family members filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city on the one-year anniversary of the incident, alleging the officers used excessive force.

    Cleveland Public Safety Director Michael McGrath has said the city will conduct its own review of the shooting after the grand jury finishes its investigation.

    The department’s Critical Incident Review Committee finished its review of the chase last April leading to disciplinary action against the majority of the 104 officers who were involved in the incident.

    In October, McGrath announced that 63 of the 104 officers involved in the chase would be suspended for one to 10 days for excessive speeding, insubordination and failure to get permission to join the pursuit.

    The officers have appealed the discipline. City officials said arbitration hearings are scheduled for this spring.

    McGrath has placed much of the blame for the incident on a handful of supervisors. In June 2013, he announced nine supervisors were suspended, two were demoted and one was fired following administrative hearings.

    The one dozen supervisors have also appealed their discipline. Arbitration hearings for the supervisors wrapped up in May.

    The Ohio Attorney General’s office conducted the official investigation into the chase.

    Investigators found dozens of officers failed to follow to city policies, ignored their supervisors’ instructions and joined the chase without permission.

    “We are dealing with a systemic failure in the Cleveland Police Department,” said DeWine during a Feb. 5, 2013 news conference.

    The chase started near the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in downtown Cleveland. A Cleveland police officer thought he heard a gunshot coming from Russell’s car. Investigators later determined the vehicle had backfired.

    Although many officers involved in the chase reported seeing Williams holding a gun, no weapons were found in Russell’s car or along the chase route.

    The incident has led to changes in the department. Police Chief Calvin Williams announced a new chase policy March 6.

    The policy review started before the chase. However, Williams said, “This new policy was put in place to make sure that events like (the chase) . . . don’t happen again in the city.”

    The policy prohibits officers from joining a chase without permission and designates a controlling supervisor and scene supervisor to direct vehicle pursuits.

    Congresswoman Marcia Fudge released the following statement Friday regarding the decision of the grand jury.

    “Our community was deeply shocked and saddened by the deaths of two unarmed residents that resulted from the barrage of gunfire directed at them by Cleveland Police Officers on the night of November 29, 2012. The presentation of evidence by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor to a grand jury relating to criminal charges is one step in a lengthy legal process. In reviewing the evidence, the grand jury has done its job and rendered two felony counts of manslaughter against one Cleveland Police officer and misdemeanor charges of dereliction of duty against five police supervisors. No one is above the law. I look forward to the process in the courts continuing and upholding the principal that anyone who breaks the law will be held accountable,” said Congresswoman Fudge.

    “Further, the U.S. Department of Justice review requested by my office of the Cleveland Division of Police use of deadly force and pursuit policies is ongoing. Our community has been patient. Some changes have already been implemented but clearly, more must also be done administratively to ensure that another tragic incident such as this will never occur again.”

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  37. To whatever extent, if any, the allegedly purported rule of law is grounded in one or more forms of error of observation and understanding, there can be the rule of error or the rule of accuracy?

    Why, I sometimes wonder, do I seem to notice that the rule of error is as though overwhelming the rule of accuracy?

    Perhaps what I notice, I notice in error?


    What if what I happen to notice as being error, and as being of error, is actually, factually, objectively, and accurately, truthfully error?

    What are the existential rights of error?

    What are the existential rights of rigorously truthful honesty, if any?

    If the social construction of mental models of reality are in and are of error, what right, if any whatsoever, has any human person who, even if in unwitting ignorance, happens by inadvertent and whimsical chaos, to stupidly be genuinely truthful regarding some aspect of the social construction of reality which society labels as true and rigorously truthful honesty labels as not only eternally false, but also shatteringly, neurologically, abusive?

    A recently published book arrived in my library yesterday. Brian D. Haig, Investigating the Psychological World: Scientific Method in the Behavioral Sciences, A Bradford Book, the MIT Press, 2014. Background for that book, as Haig has mentioned in an Association for Psychological Science journal, may be found in an earlier book, Robert Noia & Howard Sankey, Theories of Scientific Method, McGill-Queen’;s University Press, 2007.

    One of the important aspects of Haig’s book, what he labeled as the abductive theory of method is a research methodology, a form of which was a key aspect of my bioengineering doctoral thesis fieldwork methodology. Abductive methods have been around for a long time, but have often been overruled by the mindset of frequentist statistical computations and the consequences of the learning-prohibition bias of frequentist statistical methods.

    Those who deem my bioengineering research to be somehow wrong may wisely study to the achievement of accurate understanding, those two above-cited books. Of all the books I have yet read, Theories of Scientific Method is the most compactly complete and concise presentation of the spectrum of scientific methodologies, particularly with respect to Bayesian statistics, that I now recall having read.

    Without sufficient understanding of the whole gamut of the realm of scientific methods, my work may mistakenly be regarded as silly rubbish or of even less value than that.

    Without adequate practical ability for accurate understanding of complex problems, simple, and plausibly tragically destructive blunders of understanding, that are fundamentally and foundationally scientifically false and falsified, when put to purportedly-pragmatic use, may continue to plague the work of those who generate and enforce the the rule of law.

    This human social difficulty is, as I have long noted, entirely of situational, and not of dispositional, aspects of social structure form and function.

  38. Cops who shoot humans or dogs and who use stun guns or hand grenades need to be given a stun gun enema.

  39. The swat team needs to be executed. If you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Zero tolerance.

    I would like to know when Americans are going to rise up against the tyranny and form this democracy I keep hearing about.

  40. Me too.

    On Sat, May 31, 2014 at 2:53 PM, JONATHAN TURLEY wrote:

    > ishobo commented: “The swat team needs to be executed. If you live by > the sword, you die by the sword. Zero tolerance. I would like to know when > Americans are going to rise up against the tyranny and form this democracy > I keep hearing about.” >

  41. Paul C. Schulte
    Max-1 – revenge
    = = =
    A child for a child style revenge?
    Then was he really angry about dead babies?

  42. Again,
    I look forward to the day these types of militarized police acts are deemed acts of domestic terrorism before a Federal Judge.
    Drug task force that burned a toddler this week also killed an innocent pastor in 2009

    Of course, Terrell’s task force didn’t even know there was a child in the home. So it’s hard to argue they “cared” much either, at least not enough to let the kid’s safety trump the safety of the officers, or the need to get into the home quickly to prevent any evidence from being destroyed so they can preserve their conviction. It’s also a bit much to call Thonetheva a “terrorist” shortly after his own officers have just burned a baby.

    But this same task force has a history. In February, I posted about a settlement in the death of Jonathan Ayers, an innocent pastor that this same drug task force killed in a drug operation in 2009.

  43. Max-1 – according to his confession McVeigh was especially upset about the children killed by the government at Waco.

  44. you have to understand, this is a testing ground. How far can the police go? How sheepish are the citizenry? All of this is leading up to when can they commit martial law

  45. “Far too many people are content with our “War on (terror, drugs, guns, etc)” and don’t realize what this means. The war on drugs does not take down just sleazy criminals that want to sell crack cocaine to your 7 year old daughter. The war on drugs also kills babies, puts 70 year old men in prison for smoking pot to alleviate pain, 20 year old cancer survivors that smoke pot to give them relief from cancer drugs, and it maims and kills thousands others as “collateral” damage. until people stop and think what this “war” is really doing, we will continue to see stories like this.”

    What would actually do more to keep crack away from your children would be ending prohibition and drying up the black market it has created. Only problem is our government has built a billion dollar industry upon it.

  46. County officials refuse to pay medical bills for toddler burned by SWAT grenade

    Officials in Georgia’s Habersham County are refusing to pay for the mounting medical expenses of a toddler seriously injured by a flash grenade after a failed SWAT team raid earlier this year.

    Bounkham ‘Bou Bou’ Phonesavanh was just 19 months old when a Habersham SWAT team initiated a no-knock warrant at his family’s home at around 3 a.m. on May 28. Bou Bou was asleep in his crib at the time, surrounded by his family and three sisters. The toddler was severely injured when SWAT team officers broke through the house’s door and threw a flashbang grenade that ultimately landed in the Bou Bou’s crib.

    When the stun grenade went off, it caused severe burns on the child and opened a gash in his chest. As a result, Bou Bou lost the ability to breathe on his own and was left in a medically induced coma for days after the incident. His extensive recovery necessitated stays in two hospitals before he finally went home in July.

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