Monday, June 2, 2014

Drug Bust Gone Bad

http://www.lawofficer.com/article/news/flash-bang-device-injures-todd

Police received a tip that a man had sold drugs from his home.  Police SWAT executed a no-knock raid at 3:00 a.m. using a flash bang.  The flash bang went off inside a baby's crib and badly burned the child's face.  The suspect was not at home and was arrested later at another location.  Police said they did not know there was a child in the home.

Intelligence collection is one of the most important things about a raid.  You have to know who is in the location, what kinds of weapons they may have and other factors, like the presence of dogs, children and uninvolved parties.  In this instance the police did not know there was a child present.  They did not know the suspect was not home.  There is no indication there were firearms or other weapons.

Why did the police have to conduct a raid at 3:00 a.m. if there was no history of violence or weapons at the location?  Why did the police raid the house if they were not certain the suspect was home?  This was a simple drug arrest.  They could have monitored the house for a day or two to make certain the suspect was home and to get a better idea who was inside.  They could have done a controlled buy to see if they could detect anything of importance inside the house.  They could have tapped the phone or used other electronic means to find out what was going on.  Instead they ended up with a burned baby and a public relations nightmare; that's what the SGT Says.

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