Horror: Stun grenade tossed by Georgia cops during drug raid lands in toddler’s playpen

posted at 3:21 pm on May 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

It blew a hole through the side of the ‘pen and “ripped open” the baby’s face, as his mother put it. He’s in the burn unit right now in a medically induced coma. The police swear they had no idea there was a child in the home, a claim supported by the fact that the baby didn’t actually live there. He and his mother were staying in the home after their own house burned down; the alleged drug dealer (who’s unrelated to the boy) lives there and, if the cops’ informant is to be believed, sells meth out of the living room.

Meth’s not the only thing cops expected to find there.

“We had prior information on it,” Terrell said of the circumstances of the home and its occupants. “The individual had been involved in an altercation with another male involving a possible AK-47 [rifle] several months ago, and he was arrested on some weapons charges. Supposedly that was about drugs.”…

“When we did surveillance on the house, there were two guards standing guard at the door … like they weren’t letting anybody in,” Terrell said. “We did make the buy out of the house. We took that information, along with our other information, and went to see the judge and got a warrant.”…

“According to the confidential informant, there were no children,” Terrell said. “When they made the buy, they didn’t see any children or any evidence of children there, so we proceeded with our standard operation.”

A local magistrate issued a “no-knock warrant” to raid the house, partly because of the info linking the suspect to “assault-type weapons.” When the cops got there and tried to open the door, they felt something blocking it so they tossed in a flash-bang. The obstacle turned out to be … the playpen, with the baby inside. Here’s a photo of the aftermath, if you can stomach it. The suspect wasn’t even there; they picked him up later at another residence.

Negligence or tragic accident? Patterico, a prosecutor by trade, puts it this way:

Don’t treat this like the cops intended this. They didn’t. When the story says deputies are distraught over this, I believe it. Cops don’t go into law enforcement to hurt small children.

But look: if you use stun grenades in the service of a no-knock warrant like this, tragedies like this are going to happen. The question that police (and members of the public who pay the police) have to ask themselves is this: is it worth this kind of risk to arrest people for the crime in question? If the crime is murder, you might have one answer. If the crime is selling drugs, you might have another.

Indeed. What’s the threshold for using a flash-bang sight unseen, knowing that anything and anyone could be behind that door? Selling meth might not meet that threshold, but maybe the possibility of an AK-47 being pointed at you when the door swings open does. What I want to know is, how would they have approached this if they did have reason to believe a child was there? No flash-bangs, obviously, which means a greater risk for the cops, but would you rather have cops take the extra risk or a 19-month-old who’s asleep in his crib? That’s what this case is about. How much extra danger should the police reasonably be expected to expose themselves to in the name of avoiding terrible crossfire accidents like this one?

Exit quotation from the sheriff, guaranteed to inflame supporters and opponents of the war on drugs: “The person I blame in this whole thing is the person selling the drugs… They are no better than a domestic terrorist, because they don’t care about families – they didn’t care about the family, the children living in that household – to be selling dope out of it, to be selling methamphetamine out of it. All they care about is making money.”


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SHIT HAPPENS.

Rook on May 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Oh no, right2bright gets to beclown himself some more.

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 3:25 PM

We are all responsible for our actions, even if the result was unintentional and even if we happen to be wearing a badge. In any decently run country if the kid dies it’s at least manslaughter.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Just bad luck plain and simple.

The Notorious G.O.P on May 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Obviously the parent for putting the kid in danger in the first place by taking her to a drug house. But the militaristic tactics of police these days is something I read about more and more.

Jack_Burton on May 30, 2014 at 3:27 PM

These no-knock, blow down the door in the middle of the night style “mallcop commando” raids have got to stop.

The safety of civilians, even the accused, trumps the “right” of safety for police (no such right exists, original intent of the 2nd Amendment, note that the right to keep and bear arms comes BEFORE the right to be secure in one’s residence from government intrusion).

The stormtrooper wannabes involved in maiming this child should be held without bail pending potential MURDER charges. Throwing a grenade without knowing what it’s going to hit is demonstrating reckless disregard for human life, same as if one fired a weapon indiscriminately.

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

The Bible says that a companion of fools will be destroyed. The parents can scream and cry all they want, but they should have known better than to move their children into a drug den.

And don’t even get me started on all the people who will be saying, “Where was God?” He gave that little boy to the parents, and they failed him and themselves completely. Now they will have to live with it. Unfortunately, so will he.

JoseQuinones on May 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Jovita Moore?

What kind of name is Jovita?

BuckeyeSam on May 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Don’t treat this like the cops intended this. They didn’t. When the story says deputies are distraught over this, I believe it. Cops don’t go into law enforcement to hurt small children.

I don’t give a crap if the cops intended this or not. The blue shirts that did this need to go to jail. Militarized police have no business in the US. If they want to play soldier let them raise their hands and swear the oath. Otherwise their shiney badges don’t give them the right to shoot up a house and throw grenades and maim kids.

Kuffar on May 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

a possible AK-47 [rifle] several months ago, and he was arrested on some weapons charges.

Possible?

What does that mean?

They are no better than a domestic terrorist

And all those “bitter clingers” and military vets are also on the watch list for domestic terrorism.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/napolitano-stands-rightwing-extremism/?page=all

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she was briefed before the release of a controversial intelligence assessment and that she stands by the report, which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.

sharrukin on May 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Hold the parents accountable for putting their child in a war zone.

jhffmn on May 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Imagine the story if the baby had been given a toy gun to play with.

“Dropthegundropthegungetonthegroundgetonthegroundhandsletmeseeyourhands BAMBAMBAMBAMBAM…..”

BobMbx on May 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

A local magistrate issued a “no-knock warrant” to raid the house, partly because of the info linking the suspect to “assault-type weapons.

Information furnished by a CI. Motive and accuracy of CI might just be questionable.

butch on May 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Police don’t put their lives on the line for the public anymore. Their armed like the Marines with the same hung-ho attitude. Kill or be killed. They’re more cowardly than ever with their paramilitary gear. Yeah, blame the parents just like we blamed the parents at Waco…

HiJack on May 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Self-absorbed sociopaths have historically used innocents as human shields…

socalcon on May 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

No, YOU did not make the buy out of the house. The CI did.

Christien on May 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Guess the kid is lucky they weren’t trying to collect unpaid parking tickets. That would have been a mess.

Seriously I am getting tired of these “break down the door” tactics. It really has to stop.

wsucoug on May 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Hold the parents accountable for putting their child in a war zone.

jhffmn on May 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Except that it was the cops that made it a war zone. They fired first. AND last.

HiJack on May 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Hold the parents accountable for putting their child in a war zone.

jhffmn on May 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

If its a war zone do they get to use armed drones on possibly enemy targets?

sharrukin on May 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

SHIT HAPPENS.

Rook on May 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

A toddler who did nothing wrong got half his face burnt off. Show some respect u moron.

Jack_Burton on May 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

This is awful.

Why are the parents putting their kids in the home of a drug dealer?

BuckeyeSam on May 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

The headline thread had 262 comments in it…

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Boy, these hero cops sure saved the day.

Good Lt on May 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

SHIT HAPPENS. Rook on May 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Do you think that taxpayer-funded baby maiming is funny?

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Self-absorbed sociopaths have historically used innocents as human shields…

socalcon on May 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Oh, I see, then, the parents knew all along the cops were coming. That part escaped me in the article.

HiJack on May 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Hold the parents accountable for putting their child in a war zone.

jhffmn on May 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

They put their child in a play pen. The cop who tossed the grenade turned it into a war zone.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

If the police had surrounded the house and instructed those inside to come out with their hands up, no one would have been harmed.

The safety of even the accused is more important than the safety of the government officers.

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Why are the parents putting their kids in the home of a drug dealer?

BuckeyeSam on May 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Why are the police throwing grenades into peoples homes?

sharrukin on May 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Hold the parents accountable for putting their child in a war zone.

jhffmn on May 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Thank you for the common sense.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

The safety of even the accused is more important than the safety of the government officers.

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Absolutely, but you and I are living in a dreamworld if we think anything is going to change.

HiJack on May 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

JoseQuinones on May 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Their house in WI burned down. They were guests in this home. You know for a fact that they were aware of the drug issue?

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Exit quotation from the sheriff, guaranteed to inflame supporters and opponents of the war on drugs: “The person I blame in this whole thing is the person selling the drugs… They are no better than a domestic terrorist, because they don’t care about families – they didn’t care about the family, the children living in that household – to be selling dope out of it, to be selling methamphetamine out of it. All they care about is making money.”

Bullshit. File a lawsuit the size of Dallas on these uniformed clowns.

claudius on May 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

They put their child in a play pen. The cop who tossed the grenade turned it into a war zone.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Exactly.

It is incumbent on the police to be right. 100% of the damn time. That is their OBLIGATION under the law.

I hope the goon that tossed the grenade roasts in hell for it. I have little sympathy for people who harm children. And I think God feels that way too.

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

“no-knock warrant”

This seems questionable to me Constitutionally-speaking.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

“The person I blame in this whole thing is the person selling the drugs… They are no better than a domestic terrorist, because they don’t care about families –

Actually, the people most responsible are those who buy the drugs. I don’t care how edgy and cool recreational drug use is perceived in modern society, it creates the market. Everything flows from that.

butch on May 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

They put their child in a play pendrug house.
alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Why are the police throwing grenades into peoples homes?

sharrukin on May 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

A home they apparently didn’t do much reconnaissance on at that.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

If it had been Afghanistan, and he were a member of the Army who did this to a little Afghan kid, he’d probably go to Leavenworth for awhile, and his command would be excoriated.

Since he’s a cop, I’m guessing some admin leave and retraining.

Sgt Steve on May 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Jovita Moore? What kind of name is Jovita? BuckeyeSam on May 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Comments are skyrocketing here. This must be a touchy subject. Gee, ya think? Here’s how we stop this crap: gather signatures in your county and city that will put a stop to paramilitary police force action. Once it starts it will catch on.

HiJack on May 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Did the parents know it was a drug house? Was it really even a drug house? It sounds like they were after an individual and that individual wasn’t even there.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

A home they apparently didn’t do much reconnaissance on at that.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Sheer incompetence.

The drug dealer wasn’t even in the home.

sharrukin on May 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Enough with the no knock warrants. Call the residence. Tell them to come out one at a time. Enough with the police playing special forces. Enough. Where are the protesters saying not one more?

InterestedObserver on May 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Their house in WI burned down. They were guests in this home. You know for a fact that they were aware of the drug issue?

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that. Maybe I’m just too picky about where I would bring a child.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Sgt Steve on May 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Good grief. You’re probably right.

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Hold the parents accountable for putting their child in a war zone.

I don’t suppose the phrase “innocent until proven guilty” means anything to you. Maybe you should move to some other country where they shoot first and make up the BS story later to justify the mayhem. In the US the theory is that a person has to be tried and convicted before being executed. Maybe not in Obama’s America.

Kuffar on May 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

If it had been Afghanistan, and he were a member of the Army who did this to a little Afghan kid, he’d probably go to Leavenworth for awhile, and his command would be excoriated.

Since he’s a cop, I’m guessing some admin leave and retraining.

Sgt Steve on May 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

And a strongly worded statement from the union that protects said cop from consequences saying they don’t condone this sort of thing.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Clicking through the link to Reason illustrates a stark difference between conservatives and libertarians.

The comments at Reason skew a little more toward the “F*cking pigs should have one of these flash grenades shoved up their a**. This poor family was just trying to put food on the table by selling their wares and they get raided by jack booted pigs.”

Here the comments place the blame squarely on the mother, or at least the drug dealers themselves.

Lamont Cranston on May 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Don’t treat this like the cops intended this. They didn’t. When the story says deputies are distraught over this, I believe it. Cops don’t go into law enforcement to hurt small children.

I don’t give a crap if the cops intended this or not. The blue shirts that did this need to go to jail. Militarized police have no business in the US. If they want to play soldier let them raise their hands and swear the oath. Otherwise their shiney badges don’t give them the right to shoot up a house and throw grenades and maim kids.

Kuffar on May 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

If the inhabitants of that house are endangering others and our children with their guns and their drugs and their violence, the cops damn sure do have a responsibility to bring them down – and if that includes busting doors and kneecaps, so be it. Don’t do the crime.

Recon5 on May 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Many years ago I used to hold the police in high regard. I looked up to them as a kid. This was the 1970s. Since then the police have become so gung-ho, shoot first ask questions later, military wannabes that I don’t consider them friends of society any longer. They are essentially a necessary evil.

AngusMc on May 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

But look: if you use stun grenades in the service of a no-knock warrant like this, tragedies like this are going to happen. The question that police (and members of the public who pay the police) have to ask themselves is this: is it worth this kind of risk to arrest people for the crime in question? If the crime is murder, you might have one answer. If the crime is selling drugs, you might have another.

And there it is.

If something horrific like this happens while the police are acting responsibly and taking reasonable precautions, then no matter how bad the tragedy, it’s not their fault.

But when they don’t bother to identify themselves and barge in, throwing weapons, then anything that happens at that point is their fault. From being shot by the people in the home, to causing the death or injury of people or pets in the home.

No one has any responsibility or duty to comply with the police if they don’t identify themselves.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Did the parents know it was a drug house? Was it really even a drug house? It sounds like they were after an individual and that individual wasn’t even there.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Does it matter?

My brother used to do drugs in the house with his kids.

That doesn’t mean they are in a war zone and acceptable collateral damage.

sharrukin on May 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Another example of our Gestapo-styled, stormtrooping overly militarized police forces. They are the boots and fist of the growing police state.

Warner Todd Huston on May 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM

You know for a fact that they were aware of the drug issue?

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

If it was a drug house, the signs would be obvious. I’ve seen one, after a raid.

I have not seen a timeline for the buy/raid or what kind of surveillance there was. This is one of the few times I don’t have a problem with police tactics.

Either way, the officers conducting the raid are blameless here. They followed procedure. Somebody else put the kid in front of the door.

cozmo on May 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Exactly.

It is incumbent on the police to be right. 100% of the damn time. That is their OBLIGATION under the law.

I hope the goon that tossed the grenade roasts in hell for it. I have little sympathy for people who harm children. And I think God feels that way too.

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

I’m not a religious man but if the toddler dies then I do kinda hope there is a hell so that the cop who tossed the grenade can go there.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Jovita Moore?

What kind of name is Jovita?

BuckeyeSam on May 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I’ve known a couple of women named Jovita, and they were both nice people. It’s usually a Hispanic name, but it could be an Anglo name, too. As for the names of the family, and the suspect, they sound Cambodian (they could also be Hmong, from Laos). My prayers go out to the baby, and the family.

Ward Cleaver on May 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

This child was in danger way before the police arrived. Blame the parents for putting their child in danger, but these scumbags will squeeze every cent out of it.

Pickle on May 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Pro-choicers faint.

Murphy9 on May 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

A home they apparently didn’t do much reconnaissance on at that.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

A home which might contain very flammable components if a meth lab was suspected or at least possible. Nothing better than a flash bang thrown into that.

butch on May 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

The suspect wasn’t even there; they picked him up later at another residence.

#PoliceFail.

albill on May 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

It’s nice to know that Atlanta LE has moved on from relying on CI’s to finger 83-yr old grandmothers that they can shoot.
Toddlers can’t shoot back.

Another Drew on May 30, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Don’t treat this like the cops intended this. They didn’t. When the story says deputies are distraught over this, I believe it. Cops don’t go into law enforcement to hurt small children.

They probably thought it was the family dog…

spinach.chin on May 30, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Why are the police throwing grenades into peoples homes?

sharrukin on May 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Same reason East Podunk police forces are getting tanks.

whatcat on May 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

It’s not clear if any drugs were found in the home during the raid

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2643344/Horror-SWAT-team-throw-stun-grenade-toddlers-CRIB-drugs-raid-leaving-coma-severe-burns.html

albill on May 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

They could have arrested him during a traffic stop so they knew no one else would get hurt. The vehicle is the best place to avoid instances like these. But the they wouldn’t need all of that military gear.

When we trained to capture HVT’s in Iraq, we would prefer to do it when they were going to and from somewhere. Why the police aren’t doing that same thing is beyond me. If they already had surveillance on the house, it would have been the least complicated option.

Patriot Vet on May 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

1) Don’t take a baby and move into a meth dealer’s house – and don’t put your kid in a playpen blocking the front door. He11, that’s stupid for many other reasons, like fire safety, that have nothing to do with whether the cops come busting in.

2) It’s long past the time to stop these middle of the night military assault no-knock raids by the police. Far too many of these have resulted in innocent people being wounded or killed when the cops go into the wrong house, or go in (even to the right house) with guns blazing.

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that. Maybe I’m just too picky about where I would bring a child. katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

A. We don’t know that they knew.

B. Maybe the cops could be more picky about throwing bombs in people’s homes. In the dark. So dark the moron didn’t see the crib into which he threw the bomb.

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

The “out of our bedrooms” “doesn’t hurt anybody else” crowd faints.

Murphy9 on May 30, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Either way, the officers conducting the raid are blameless here. They followed procedure. Somebody else put the kid in front of the door.

cozmo on May 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

If I were an attorney for the family, I’d call you as a character witness for the police. I’m sure the jury would like to hear your take.

claudius on May 30, 2014 at 3:46 PM

AP,

If somebody’s misconstrued facebook post about a dog park and user fee results in a ticket being issued, what are the chances that one could result in a paramilitary no-knock raid?

Christien on May 30, 2014 at 3:46 PM

If they already had surveillance on the house, it would have been the least complicated option.

Patriot Vet on May 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Their information was six hours old and they had no eyes on the house.

They didn’t know there were children there.

They didn’t know the suspect wasn’t there.

They simply didn’t know what they were doing.

sharrukin on May 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I can only see so many stories of police busting into houses, killing pets, shooting innocent people and treating the USA as Fallujah circa 2006 before I get a little irritated.

Jack_Burton on May 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Recon5

Seig Heil, Commrade

Kuffar on May 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house.

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

They probably thought it was the family dog…

spinach.chin on May 30, 2014 at 3:43 PM

ZING!

Someone brought up in the headline thread on this story that cops can and will shoot your dog for no reason whatsoever and they will suffer no consequence but if you shoot their dog, even if their dog is attacking you, that’s murder of a police officer. Cops set themselves apart, play by different rules than the rest of us then act all shocked the rest of us would react with indignation.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

The suspect wasn’t even there; they picked him up later at another residence.

#PoliceFail.

albill on May 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Just like Waco – where the cops had numerous opportunities to arrest Koresh on his own in town – but instead chose to make a military assault on the compound when they knew there were children inside.

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

No one has any responsibility or duty to comply with the police if they don’t identify themselves.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Those jackets with POLICE on them and all the yelling are a clue.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Same reason East Podunk police forces are getting tanks.

whatcat on May 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Because the SWAT soldier-wannabes think they look cool?

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Did they find any drugs —maybe a roach in an ashtray? They did’t find the subject of their warrant…

claudius on May 30, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Take away these cops’ rule of 90 pension. See if they care about money.

MNHawk on May 30, 2014 at 3:49 PM

There is no such thing as a war without collateral damage. If you want a drug war, there is going to be collateral damage.

Making alcohol illegal was just about the most stupid thing the American Voter ever did ….. well, okay, the progressives passed a few other amendments that were even worse, and more recently we’ve elected some real losers President, but other than those things, Prohibition is right up there tied for around 8th or 9th most stupid.

Yet we didn’t learn from that. If some clown wants to poison himself, just let him. “Hey, dude, if you want a real high, a man’s high, try heroin! And lots of it!” should be the message.

Weed out the bad apples early. Free heroin paid for by the taxpayer when you turn 18. As much as you want, for life. Seriously. Weed them out.

fadetogray on May 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

If a Marine in the sandbox did the same thing they would be calling for his head.

Wake up.

wolly4321 on May 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Those jackets with POLICE on them and all the yelling are a clue.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Cuz at 3:00 AM guys kicking down your door and screaming are obviously the police?

Well…actually you may have a point. The police seem to be more likely to do that than criminals.

sharrukin on May 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

The suspect wasn’t even there; they picked him up later at another residence.

#PoliceFail.

albill on May 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Just like Waco – where the cops had numerous opportunities to arrest Koresh on his own in town – but instead chose to make a military assault on the compound when they knew there were children inside.

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

This I really don’t understand. Why do they launch a head-on assault in the worst possible circumstances with other people around who may well be innocent?

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Sheriff Avoid the Blame says:

“The person I blame in this whole thing is the person selling the drugs… They are no better than a domestic terrorist, because they don’t care about families – they didn’t care about the family, the children living in that household – to be selling dope out of it, to be selling methamphetamine out of it. All they care about is making money.”

Translation: We had to burn the village to save it. Or more accurately in this case, we had to burn the baby to save it.

Drug are bad mmm’kay! Now things are so bad with “prescription drugs” that you in some cases have to show ID and be recorded in a DEA database to get oxycotin. Happened to me for my post cancer surgery pain meds.

Domestic terrorists sure are a growth industry these days. Didn’t pay your Obamacare tax? Domestic terrorist! Want to balance the budget? Economic terrorist!

Own a “high capacity magazine”? Oh you betcha thats a domestic terrorist! That one is coming soon to many states like New York and Connecticut.

oryguncon on May 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

These no-knock, blow down the door in the middle of the night style “mallcop commando” raids have got to stop.

The safety of civilians, even the accused, trumps the “right” of safety for police (no such right exists, original intent of the 2nd Amendment, note that the right to keep and bear arms comes BEFORE the right to be secure in one’s residence from government intrusion).

The stormtrooper wannabes involved in maiming this child should be held without bail pending potential MURDER charges. Throwing a grenade without knowing what it’s going to hit is demonstrating reckless disregard for human life, same as if one fired a weapon indiscriminately.

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

You are an idiot. You are one of those people that happens upon an arrest of someone and then shouts at the cops “leave him alone”. People like you are the problem.

You know how you can assure this never happens again? Don’t break the law.

The Notorious G.O.P on May 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

It just seems like our troops have tougher rules of engagement than the cops do.

JellyToast on May 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

If a Marine in the sandbox did the same thing they would be calling for his head.

Wake up.

wolly4321 on May 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

+++++++

VegasRick on May 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

I have a 100% spotless record, but I’ve grown to almost hate the police after hearing about so many incidents like this one. Every day there is a new story of out-of-control men in blue harming innocents. Enough is enough.

DisneyFan on May 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Just like Waco – where the cops had numerous opportunities to arrest Koresh on his own in town – but instead chose to make a military assault on the compound when they knew there were children inside.

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Or Ruby Ridge for that matter.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Wonder if the woman’s house that burned down was another meth lab?

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Hey what the heck. That kid had it coming for having bad parents, right? So what if his face got blown off. The COPS say he deserved it, That’s good enough for me. After all I’m a good little citizen and could never question the COPS.

Kuffar on May 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM

and if that includes busting doors and kneecaps, so be it. Don’t do the crime. Recon5 on May 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Hey Mr. Ima Badass: you don’t need to be involved in any crime to enjoy this kind of police-sponsored terror.

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM

You are an idiot. You are one of those people that happens upon an arrest of someone and then shouts at the cops “leave him alone”. People like you are the problem.

You know how you can assure this never happens again? Don’t break the law.

The Notorious G.O.P on May 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Remind me which law the burned toddler currently fighting for his life was convicted of violating, or was believed to have violated.

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM

You know how you can assure this never happens again? Don’t break the law.

The Notorious G.O.P on May 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Man Dies in Police Raid on Wrong House

sharrukin on May 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Next time you need help, call a drug dealer. I’m outta here.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM

“No flash-bangs, obviously, which means a greater risk for the cops, but would you rather have cops take the extra risk or a 19-month-old who’s asleep in his crib?

Let me ask you this: who’s the one who volunteer for a job that entails ‘greater risk’? Because they volunteer and if they can’t face the risk that somebody may shoot at them while doing their job, they should seriously consider getting into another line of work. Specially if you want to be on a higher-risk unit such as the SWAT team.

We civilians are not trained in being at the receiving end of a bullet fired by a nervous cop or a stun grenade.

ujorge on May 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Because the SWAT soldier-wannabes think they look cool?

alchemist19 on May 30, 2014 at 3:49 PM

You got it. The mindset of equating an attempt to arrest an alleged drug seller in a private home with going after Bin Laden doesn’t help much either.

whatcat on May 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM

nyMa years ago I used to hold the police in high regard. I looked up to them as a kid. This was the 1970s. Since then the police have become so gung-ho, shoot first ask questions later, military wannabes that I don’t consider them friends of society any longer. They are essentially a necessary evil.

AngusMc on May 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM</blockquote

^^^

This

DisneyFan on May 30, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Do they go in hot in tony Atlanta neighborhoods, too? I don’t live there, so maybe some of y’all who do can shed some light on any instances.

Christien on May 30, 2014 at 3:56 PM

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