Jackboot: Toddler gets burned as Flash grenade lands in crib during drug raid

General By: Tad Lumpkin 4:22 pm

Thanks Drug War for yet another injustice.

(Reason)- Habersham County, Georgia, Sheriff Joey Terrell feels bad that his deputies horribly burned a toddler by tossing a “distraction device” (a.k.a. a “flash bang” grenade) into the playpen where he was sleeping during a drug raid on Wednesday morning. “The baby didn’t deserve this,” Terrell concedes in an interview with AccessNorthGa.com. “The family didn’t deserve this. This family was displaced from another home down here and apparently just moved in.” If his deputies had known there were children in the home, he says, they would not have used the grenade. But given what they knew, Terrell insists, they acted appropriately:

We keep asking ourselves, “How did this happen?” No one can answer that. You can’t answer that. You try and do everything right. Bad things can happen. That’s just the world we live in. Bad things happen to good people.

But it turns out Terrell does have an answer:

The person I blame in this whole thing is the person selling the drugs. Wanis Thonetheva, that’s the person I blame in all this. They are no better than a domestic terrorist, because they don’t care about families—they didn’t care about the family, the children living in that household—to be selling dope out of it, to be selling methamphetamine out of it. All they care about is making money.

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SOURCE: Jackboot: Toddler gets burned as Flash grenade lands in crib during drug raidhttp://reason.com/blog/2014/05/30/when-drug-warriors-burn-a-baby-whos-the

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