Georgia County Won’t Pay Medical Bills for Toddler Critically Injured by Flash Bang Grenade During Drug Raid

USA By: Tad Lumpkin 10:43 am

(Reason)- Politicians like Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) who have supported the militarization of police but have found it politically unfeasible to do so now have been looking for a way to square their support with a little bit of politically-motivated outrage. Clay, whose district includes Ferguson, the town that helped catapult the issue of police militarization into the national news cycle, defended his vote, saying he only disapproved of the use of such police forces for crowd control in his district.

But while their presence at protests may be the most prominent manifestation of militarized police, the problem is endemic. Perhaps Clay and the rest of them ought to subscribe to Reason to inform themselves better.

Earlier this year, we brought you the story of Baby Bounkham, who was severely injured after a Georgia SWAT team threw a flashbang grenade that landed inside Bounkham’s crib—cops were serving a drug warrant based on information from a confidential informant about a small amount of meth. The raid yielded no drugs and no suspect. Cops insisted they did what they could to prepare and didn’t know there were children in the house, two seemingly contradictory contentions. The sad case illustrates the interplay between the war on drugs, militarized police, and police brutality.

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SOURCE: Georgia County Won’t Pay Medical Bills for Toddler Critically Injured by Flash Bang Grenade During Drug Raidhttp://reason.com/blog/2014/08/19/georgia-county-wont-pay-medical-bills-fo

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