Behold the Face of a Criminal

Behold the Face of a Criminal May 28, 2015

This little kid was permanently disfigured by a “no knock” SWAT raid on his house when the cops threw a grenade next to his crib.  His medical bills run in excess of a million dollars.  His parents filed suit.  The cops (who lied that his injuries were minor) now blame the victim when, as events proved, the arrest was later made without all the hyper-weaponized, testosterone-driven drama.

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  • Dan13

    No knock warrants are scary and can create situations where innocent people can be killed–either citizens or police (e.g., if a citizen shoots a police officer thinking that officer is a criminal).

    • D.T. McCameron

      Where I live, the cartels will frequently dress up as police (sometimes with stolen uniforms, though in a recent case, it was the police themselves performing the raids in service of the cartels) and perform similar raids on homes. Typically it’s a cover for abducting/intimidating one of their cohorts. Typically, they raid the homes of innocent people, having been give bad intelligence.

      I think I had a point. Something to the effect that law enforcement should be easier to distinguish from banditry?

      • PalaceGuard

        “…law enforcement should be easier to distinguish from banditry?” So should government in general, for that matter. But law enforcement would be a good place to start.

      • Petey

        can you move?

        • Hezekiah Garrett

          Move what?

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Will someone please explain how “no knock warrants” are not a blatant violation of the 4th Amendment?

    • Dan13

      The two exceptions are officer safety and if potential evidence can be destroyed quickly–as in 10 seconds quickly. Judges are too accommodating in granting the exceptions.

    • Andy

      Silly you – the only important amendment is the 2cnd Amendment.

  • thisismattwade

    This is such a sad story, as I could never imagine this happening when we lay our 4-month old in her crib. How could the city in question not pay the necessary medical bills? I feel powerless as I read this article, knowing how enraged I would be if this happened to my family but feeling as though there isn’t a lot I could do in this (or that) situation.