Friday, October 12, 2012

SWAT Raids Wrong House - Burns Sleeping Girl With Flash-Bang

Effects of the flash-bang that gave a girl 1st and 2nd degree burns
Another SWAT boondoggle that Police Chief Rich St. John describes as, "...totally unforeseen, totally unplanned and extremely regrettable."
A 12-year-old girl suffered burns to one side of her body when a flash grenade went off next to her as a police SWAT team raided a West End home Tuesday morning.

"She has first- and second-degree burns down the left side of her body and on her arms," said the girl's mother, Jackie Fasching. "She's got severe pain. Every time I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes."

Medical staff at the scene tended to the girl afterward and then her mother drove her to the hospital, where she was treated and released later that day.
A photo of the girl provided by Fasching to The Gazette shows red and black burns on her side.
A SWAT member attached it to a boomstick, a metal pole that detonates the grenade, and stuck it through the bedroom window. St. John said the grenade normally stays on the boomstick so it goes off in a controlled manner at a higher level. (You mean like in someones face?!)

However, the officer didn't realize that there was a delay on the grenade when he tried to detonate it. He dropped it to move onto a new device, St. John said. The grenade fell to the floor and went off near the girl.
How much training do they give these 'elite' SWAT guys? Best of the best? Hardly. Not only that, but do they even do their homework before conducting a raid?
St. John said investigators did plenty of homework on the residence before deciding to launch the raid but didn't know children were inside.
STFU! Obviously you didn't do 'plenty of homework' since you failed to determine that there were children in the house.That's just lazy investigating, or perhaps incompetence is more appropriate.

Here's another thing that bothers me. According to the mother:
"They said their intel told them there was a meth lab at our house. If they would've checked, they would've known there's not."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if they suspected a meth lab to be in the house, wouldn't an incendiary device be the wrong thing to throw in the house? Seriously, WTF?!

But whatever happens, it's okay because they have badges.
"If we're wrong or made a mistake, then we're going to take care of it," he said. "But if it determines we're not, then we'll go with that.
 In other words, they're not wrong. They're never wrong. They followed 'procedure' after all, which as always, will exonerate them of any wrong doing.
When we do this, we want to ensure the safety of not only the officers, but the residents inside."
There, fixed it.

As pointed out at the end of the article on the LRC site:
The murder of Aiyana Jones, like the terrorist assault in Billings, is a product of the mindset described by Gabe Suarez, who spent 12 years as a police officer in Santa Monica: "When I was on [the] SWAT [team] our view [was] that 'We will always win....even if we have to burn down your entire house by bombing it....we will win’."
Do you understand the mindset of these jackboots with badges yet?
Read the entire story here.
As Curtis says, Shoot them in the face...
h/t WyoThreeper for the tip


  1. See this?

    Only way they're going to be "fixed" is to get them out of office, either by firing their bosses and cleaning house, or, clean house.

    Oh, something to print, cut, staple and pass out:

    There's going to be a battlefield, might as well even things out a bit.

  2. Rich St. John
    Police Department
    Title: Chief
    Phone: (406) 657-8460

  3. Heads and hips. Doesn't have to be the face, although straight through the mouth into the brain stem is a good choice.

    The only way you will get these storm troopers out of office is feet first. The system doesn't work, and the new boss will be the same as the old boss. The bosses need to understand that their officers cannot be allowed to behave like this, at risk of their own (the bosses') lives.

    Sound bloodthirsty? What if that had been _your_ child or wife? What if that flash bang had gone off in her sleeping face, blinding her forever, as well as disfiguring her for life? Does that make a difference? Get your minds straight and understand what needs to be done in jurisdictions where this type of raid, these types of officers, are allowed to harm our wives and children.