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Is this kind of aggressively gung-ho behavior from law enforcers ever justifiable?


19-month old Bounkham Phonesavanh of NE Georgia has been seriously wounded after the local SWAT team detonated a grenade in his playpen. Authorized with a "no-knock warrant", the team batter-ram opened the front door of the home, and then threw the flash grenade inside before entering. The explosive landed in the baby's bed, and now this child is undergoing treatment for severe burns and compromised lungs. Is there any justifiable reason for law enforcement agents to ever act this aggressively and without regard to the safety of innocent children when pursuing a suspect?

 

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    Agreed. And I feel every time we make an excuse for them, it reinforces the idea that as long as a criminal (or just a suspected criminal) was somehow involved, they don't have to be held accountable for their own rash actions.

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    karl (Silverspeeder) 3 years ago

    Maybe they should charge the drug dealer Wanis Thometheva with endangering the family and the child in particular. He moved people into his house after he had been selling methamphetamine from there.


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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    Great points, Jan. The parents may be responsible for allowing a drug dealer into their home, but I just can't understand the logic behind such aggressive & thoughtless pursuit.

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    fpherj48, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and that info. As much as I detest meth users, I just don't see how harming any child can solve a single drug problem in any neighborhood. And yes, as a mom & grandmommy, this story appalls me

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    John, observant points. And I think you nailed it on the head.

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    Yes, it is a miracle he's alive. And the SWAT members were looking for a suspected drug dealer http://www.boston.com/news/nation/2014/05/30/toddl...


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    CalebSparks 3 years ago

    Under the law even criminals have the right to due process of law when accused of crimes. Instead of a last resort, police often go in unecessarily with guns blazing. Also, you would be very naive to always believe the "official story."


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