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FINALLY: Jackbooted SWAT Thugs Lose Immunity After Throwing Flash-bang Grenades at Innocent Grandmother and Granddaughter

Back in 2012, in Evansville Indiana, a grandmother and granddaughter were enjoying a nice afternoon at home.  That is before squad of shocktroopers from the local SWAT team shattered the front door and tossed in a couple of flash-bang grenades.

What did the Milan family do to warrant such an attack into their family home?

They left their wifi unsecure.

You see, police were receiving threats online and a quick IP search pointed to the Milan family residence.

The police, opting not to do the slightest bit of detective work, took the simplistic approach of sending in the goon squad in an show of force to illustrate “who has the power.”

The willful ignorance on the part of the police, when they all ready had a suspect in mind, named Derrick Murray, who had threatened the police in a similar way in the past, cost the Milan family the peace and sanctity of their home.

Circuit Judge Richard Posner agreed stating:

A man named Derrick Murray, whom they knew to have made threats against the police in the past—indeed he had been convicted of intimidating a police officer. At least two of the officers thought him the likeliest source of the threats. Prudence counseled delaying the search for a day or so to try to get a better understanding of the Milan household and of Murray’s potential responsibility for the threats. Prudence went by the board.

“A day of investigating him (Murray) would have nailed him, as we know because a day of investigating—the day after the violent search of the home—did nail him.”

Posner further eviscerated the actions of the police department by highlighting the difference in treatment between the Milan family and the ACTUAL guilty party, Derrick Murray:

It took them only a day to discover that it was indeed he who was responsible—he had used Mrs. Milan’s open network to threaten the police. But rather than give him the SWAT-team treatment, the police politely requested that he come to police headquarters, which he did, where he was arrested without incident. (He was prosecuted for the threats, pleaded guilty, and was given a sixteen-month prison sentence.) The police department’s kid-gloves treatment of Murray is in startling contrast to their flash- bang assault on Mrs. Milan’s home.

This is just another example of police abuse run amok.  The police got an anonymous online threat, that if they just took a second to investigate would have directed them to the appropriate source.  Yet instead, they decide to “show em good”, toss actual detective work in the trash and just bust in an all ready open door, toss in some flash-bang grenades and terrorize an innocent girl and her grandmother.

The police departments argument?  We’re the police, we can’t be held responsible for our actions.

The notion of qualified immunity is a bunch of bull.  Just because you have a badge doesn’t mean you get to terrorize innocent people because you are too lazy to actually do your job.

Posner agrees stating:

To repeat for emphasis, the police acted unreasonably and precipitately in flash banging the house without a minimally responsible investigation of the threats.

For context, here is the helmet video of one of the SWAT members during the raid.  Note things like the smashing in of an all ready open door and the impossibility someone could have answered the door between the first knock and the flash bang attacks.

The three judge panel of the 7th circuit court thereby ruled that qualified immunity will not be applied in this case and that the Milan family lawsuit can proceed to trial.

Despite the ruling, the SWAT members should be feeling fortunate about the situation.  Considering this occurred in Indiana, where the state’s Castle Doctrine allows for the shooting of police officers who innocent civilians believe are entering their home illegally, it’s lucky no one ended up dead.

Will the shocktroopers learn their lesson?  Time will tell, and hopefully it will do so without a body count.

 

 

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