August 26, 2014   |   Justin King
Justin King | The Anti-Media
During a no-knock raid, Habersham SWAT officers tossed a grenade into a baby’s crib. The child had to be transported via helicopter, wound up in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for five weeks, was treated in an intensive burn ward, and had to be placed in a medically induced coma before he was able to go home. There were no drugs in the home, and the suspect was not there. Thumbnail credit: actionnetwork.org
Now, county officials have refused to pay the medical bills incurred by the family after their employees maimed the child. The reason: the family is suing.
The county’s attorney tried to justify the county’s apathy towards the suffering it caused by saying it would be illegal to pay.
The question before the board was whether it is legally permitted to pay these expenses. After consideration of this question following advice of counsel, the board of commissioners has concluded that it would be in violation of the law for it to do so.
This is complete garbage. The county’s counsel certainly advised them not to pay because it could be construed as an admission of wrongdoing.
The child was blown up by a police grenade. Unless the defense in the lawsuit plans on claiming that some mysterious stranger happened to throw a police grenade into the house at the same time a militarized raid was occurring, there is nothing stopping the county from paying for its mistakes. It isn’t going to jeopardize the case. The fact that law enforcement blew up the child’s face while he slept in his crib is not in dispute. There is no legal justification for that assault. It was pure negligence on the part of the department.
The police are investigating themselves in the case. While it is almost impossible to gain police accountability, there are elected officials who have been ineffective at bringing about any justice in this case. The county’s website lists the current county commissioners as Sonny James, Andrea Harper, Chad Henderson, Natalie Crawford, and Ed Nichols. Only Crawford has a public Facebook page.
The Sheriff’s Facebook page has been swamped with negative comments and reviews.
These are all elected officials who should lose their jobs.
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