Cops Maim Baby with Grenade Blast, County Refuses to Pay Medical Bills

August 26, 2014   |   Justin King

Justin King | The Anti-Media

babbybooDuring 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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Author: Justin King

Justin King joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in July of 2014. His topics of interest include activism, human rights, international relations, and military affairs. Born in Japan, he currently resides in the United States.

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  1. Yea, the reason they aren't paying is because of the pending lawsuit. Why don't you mention the reason in this article instead of just linking to it? Rabble-rousing at it's finest.

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  2. Jay Byrd No, it wasn't. This article is focusing on bullshit about how the county is saying it is illegal. The real reason is that they are being sued for money. Why would the county pay them money and then pay them more money in the lawsuit?

    Any damages will will be paid in the lawsuit and then some. There is no reason to pay anything until after the lawsuit.

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  3. It said all that. You can disagree with the opinion but you can't change the words of the article. You are just plain a liar.

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  4. Police departments shouldn't investigate themselves for wrong doing. Of course they'll always say they did nothing wrong. An outside group needs to oversee police and have authority to punish them for wrong doing and violating laws.

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  5. Actually the article did mention the piss poor excuse of a pending lawsuit. But was the lawsuit filed before or after the rufusal to pay for the medical bills. If you don't like these lawsuits Adam then help put a stop to these dickhead police actions that cause this situation in the first place. Until then STFU and have a nice day.

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  6. Actually, there would be a settlement hearing first
    To discuss settlement
    Then when the parties don't agree, that's when it's off to trial.

    Generally speaking.

    So there's that.

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  7. Either way, all the more reason to not have kids.

    Society can't be trusted.
    They will kill your kids if they can.

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  8. What the fuck way way out of control fucking ban police unoin bunch lie coverup protect dirty cop i never trust them

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  9. How does a department "investigate themselves"????

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  10. Second paragraph, last line. That excuse is listed. The delay in payment (and delay in treatment) is punishment for suing. How dare they try to hold the cops accountable for their actions. I really like "Rabble-rousing at its finest." I might add that to my profile. On a serious note, you haven't seen the amount of "Rabble Rousing" I can do. I am an admitted agitator. I tend to get upset when cops blow up babies in cribs to arrest someone that isn't there.

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  11. Sounds like you guys are illiterate. Did you even read what I posted? The reason they aren't paying, is because payment will be made in the lawsuit. This is not listed in this article anywhere. And if you think it is, you are illiterate.

    Justin, you look like a an upstanding citizen (just kidding, you look like a hipster douchebag) so you should understand that hospitals will not refuse a patient that needs immediate care. So no, they are not "delaying treatment." That makes you the very definition of an "uneducated rabble-rousing hipster douchebag" URHD for short.

    Man, it's so easy shutting you idiots down.

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  12. This disgusting never mind a citizen really. They need to fire n recrute all officers make them go threw a new world wide being a cop

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  13. They have to win the lawsuit in order to get paid for the hospital bills. The reason it doesn't say that us because the county won't have to pay if they win. You look like a bigger idiot for trying to prove your point.

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  14. Jonathan Callaway You lack a fundamental understanding of how hospitals work. You don't have to pay right away, and they will not turn you down for no insurance. My god, I feel like I am speaking to a 5 year old.

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  15. It's like talking to a brick wall. We are not discussing insurance or whether or not the hospital will treat him. You just changed the subject to avoid admitting you're wrong. You ain't that smart homie.

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  16. Adam Alkouri "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." – from article.

    I'm sure you know this because you're such a bright guy, but it seems like it requires stating: Hospitals will not turn someone away for emergency care. Surgery to fix the maiming is another story. So, yes, treatment is being delayed. Scar tissue is forming that will be more difficult to repair.

    By the way, an "uneducated rabble-rousing hipster douchebag" filled you in on that little secret. You're either a cop, a wannabe, or an idiot. You can take your pick. You probably think this would never happened to you, Mr. Alkouri. Incidentally, Alkouri is name that predominately originated in the Middle East; Bahrain in particular. So when DHS kicks in your door on a bad tip and blows the face off your child, you might sing a different tune. Or maybe I'm wrong and you'll continue to believe they are just doing their jobs.

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  17. They Ned to fuckin pay wat da hell is wrong wit des people dats a baby fuckin pay he didn't do nuthin or deserve dat

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  18. WTF AGAIN How are you gonna let your officers get away with such a heinous act of disrespect and then take no more accountability than those you pass judgement on!! You sons of bitches owe that kid and his family and damn sure are responsible for what you did to him and the cost of it!! Next time try simply knocking I dont understand how ya'll got approved to use such dangerous weaponry on civilians anyway. We are not at war with each other end this ignorance and pay your dues you corrupt pricks!!

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  19. how do they sleep at night knowing they harmed a baby to the point of needing to be in a coma to survive..in what they call "upholding the law" but it's against the law for them…to pay back the damage they've done…to a baby…it's illegal….to own up…and pay…for a baby….a fucking baby…let that sink in a minute…a BABY… A FUCKING BABY!!! …now ok i get it…if this was an adult and the police were still in the wrong we could some how justify it, Angrily…but we could to the point that an adult can defend themselves…BUT A FUCKING BABY!! that has no idea what the law is, doesn't know what police are and hasn't comitted ANY crime at all…because it's a fucking baby. this is when mistake becomes insult and insult becomes animalistic. you disgust me..to my deepest core and if a cop reads this i hope you fucking choke on this, your profession disgusts me, the people hiding behind your books and shields disgust me. How is this not the tipping point?!

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  20. English? Periods? Ned = need. Wat = what. Da = the. Wit = with. Des = these. Dat = that's. nuthin = nothing. I read a lot of Facebook posts. I think that one takes the cake.

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  21. I don't think the county should pay until after the lawsuit is over or dropped.

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  22. Steve Clone affairs…. sounds like their all in bed together to me…….

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  23. Steve Clone you will not talk to me as if I'm a fool… Besides the fact I asked a rhetorical question… I'm fully aware of internal affairs…..

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  24. and after they all high five each other went home got drunk beat raped the wife or some unsuspecting soul….all in a days work….for american law enforcement

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  25. Pete Magnani ^ exactly. It's how the system has worked for years, why is this any different? Rabble Rabble

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  26. I texted da way I want to text if u don't lik it don't read or comment

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  27. This country is slowly working its way towards a revolution. the apathy of goverment for the citizens its paid to serve is mind boggling .

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  28. Hope the family wins a multi-million dollar settlement from this department – The militant force these police departments are using is ridiculous…

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  29. Google the story – the parents have set up a donation page to help with the medical cost – justice for baby boubou I think

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  30. They will get what is coming to them in the end, karma is a b*tch, the police should've never been given the military surplus programs

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  31. Investigate what ……. they fucked up and now they should pay stupid idiots jst cuz they got a uniform nd a badge they think they can get away with it what if someone would have done the same thing to their kid HUH!!!!

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  32. What is happened is really sad I agree, but she should have thought about her childs welfare before associating with a wanted criminal.

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  33. …Allowing the police department to investigate themselves is like asking a gang if one of their members is guilty of gang activity.. Smh.

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  34. then you know that cops hate Internal Affairs and that Internal Affairs are cops that go after cops. You wasn't a fool until you posted that you already know about Internal Affairs.

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  35. Praying for this baby

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  36. Really hope some of the people writing these comments don't own any grenades. Anger is not a solution in a situation like this. Anger is understandable but I really hope it stays in the comments for venting purposes.

    "This is something worth rioting over.." I know that may be a joke or just a comment without action.. and I get it, but the riots are the entire purpose that this mistake or whatever it is was made…. If police are acting corrupt should we throw tantrums and set things on fire/steal things from citizens/ect.? How does that make us better than the corruption of the police? If anything in a time when the police are acting corrupt that is the time when we need citizens to be level headed and protest peacefully or speak up to a higher command to do something… Riots make everything worse. We can be better than that, let's fight the corruption with true level headed justice and not more corruption.

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  37. The link under "reason" has been "mysteriously removed from viewing"."DSN solution Yahoo carrier handler"

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  38. the outside group is the GBI and they are in agreement that there was no wrong doing, however they are apart of the same multi agency task force. They were also in agreement of no wrong doing for the Pastor who was shot to death by a cop at a local convenience store by plain clothed,unmarked,unidentifiable as DTF agents within the multi task force in my town, which is one county over from where the flash bang grenade incident took place… These guys work for in tandem, the cop responsible for the Pastor being shot, details should show the name of the officer, who is back on the same police force doing the same type of work, after his vacation, the case for that went over to civil court the pastors wife got a settlement *a buy off*.. which is tragic they throw money instead of justice at murders… :( http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/jonathan-ayers/

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  39. just a reminder these are small mountain type towns, nothing big happens here for this much extra law enforcement.

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  40. They ( police ) should have to pay for everything from now until the child dies hopefully at an old age for the rest of his / her life !!!!

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  41. the mutli agency task force they have around here includes the GBI which does the investigation, so basically they are separate but work in tandem with one another. I one county over from this area, the same multi agency task forces and their mountain judicial circuit as they call it cover the surrounding towns in the north east, same guys that investigated themselves and found that the Pastor they shot to death while wearing plain cloths nothing identifiable using his right to not talk to them since he was not being detained nor under arrest, decided to leave in his car, which their defense is that his car became a weapon, the officer leaps out infront of it, the video shows this, and shots him.. http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/jonathan-ayers/

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  42. these are small little mountain towns no reason for all this extra police crap they have going on nothing that bad happens here, they are using this crap to funnel money.

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  43. They wont pay for thier own citizens medical bills and take care of them when its there own wrongfull doing but they will pay for some illegal immigrant or there kids to have medical care even though they are not even a citizen, i know that this is not federal, just a point of view. However whenever you hurt someone accidentally or purposely the courts will most definetely make you pay for it, so why are these people not held accountable for what they have done to this child

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  44. It was mentioned in the article that they wasn't paying because of the lawsuit!

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  45. It's easy to find the department's phone number by following the links in the article. And the comms r funny too ;-)

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  46. They need to start deducting officers pay for these exact kinds of lawsuits. The taxpayer picks up the tab. This jackwagon gets a paid vacation and returns to desk duty.(maybe not here but ya get the idea)You start docking the these guys 10%, not much lets be real here or a bracket for chiefs and higher I AM willing to have a dialogue on this. Then we would see some change, more officers coming forth. Hell they could turn on eachother. But something needs to be done here.

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  47. Give the governor of Georgia a call, maybe he is capable of doing the right thing.

    Nathan Deal
    Office of the Governor
    206 Washington Street
    111 State Capitol
    Atlanta, Georgia 30334

    Phone:
    404-656-1776

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  48. Something is apparently wrong on my end, every time I hit sit after having typed a paragraph, my message is deleted……..

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  49. Let me try this again now that the last post actually made it. Cop thinking: When I say Cop thinking, what I am saying is, Law Enforcement, /Courts(including the
    Supremes): Here is an EXAMPLE of what happens in cases like this started out to be: If I as a criminal am cooking Meth(as an example ONLY) and any number of you that are reading this are at my house and you are standing around waiting for my newest high grade, unadulterated batch to cool(remember this is PURELY HYPOTHETICAL AND AN EXAMPLE) and even IF no money or any other item of worth has been or even has been planned on being exchanged for my high grade meth, now remember this is purely and EXAMPLE and in NO WAY reflects my actions nor ANY of YOURS. But, you all are standing around eating chips and drinking the beer which is ALL legal and lawful. No one is drunk or even getting there, there is a Georgia Football game on and Dawgs are getting trounced by a Junior College B team and we are all having a good time just being friends and patiently waiting on my meth to cool. Suddenly bursting through my front, back and side doors come a horde of black clad, jack booted thugs who are all screaming at the tops of their lungs to do something that none of us can understand because of the incessant yelling, screaming profanities and not to mention their mouths being covered so as to conceal their identities. Suddenly flash bangs come flying through and breaking my windows stunning all of us standing there. Since the Flash bangs have a small explosive device in them there is a spark and sometimes a flame that erupts when they go off so, as they are going off, one of them hits and ignites my meth pot heating supply and explodes. The blast kills 6 police officers, three of you and seriously injures all the rest of us. There were NO guns, No other drugs, NO cash or any other thing of worth inside the house or in your cars.

    The Police are now going to charge every one of you with accessory and conspiracy you and I both will be charged with Murder of Law Enforcement Officers, Aggravated Battery (here in Georgia) ALL states have statutes and laws exactly the same but just call them by different terms, drug manufacture charges etc….even though you had nothing to do with the crimes that I was committing. Think that is bad? Try this one on and see where we now are in America. So,Let's take this to a more serious but very real level.

    Several of you come to my home to watch an Alabama Georgia ball game, drink my beer and eat my pretzels and chips. While you are there, I go out back to my work shop and I cook up a batch of Meth(now for all the Cop trolls out there, this is purely an EXAMPLE). I have my shop vented in such a manner that very little of the putrid smell escapes so you have NO idea what I am doing. Since I am finished with the making and now am just letting the batch cool, I come back in to the house and resume watching the ball game with you, my closest friends on the planet. Not one of you suspect that I am a meth chef.

    'At halftime, I excuse myself again and go out to the Shop and bring in my now cooled batch of extremely high grade, unadulterated meth already bagged up and stored under the kitchen cabinets. Again, you have NO idea that I have about a half million dollars in the illegal substance in my home. Suddenly those same flash bangs come crashing through my windows, the same jack booted thugs come crashing through my doors and the same guns, ammo, weapons of any kind, cash etc are NOT on the property or even in existence. The same catastrophe happens when the flash bangs go off with the same results. Guess what, each one of you will be charged with the exact same crimes as me……You will beat this in court you say..probably will BUT, how much is it going to cost you? Tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands or more…..Will you get that money back when you win your case? NOPE! Will the charges be dismissed from your record? yes BUT, THEY WILL NEVER BE ERASED FROM YOUR BACKGROUND FILES.!!!!! Chances are high that some of you or possibly all of you who are my friends even though you had no prior knowledge that I was a meth chef will go to prison for conspiracy….Chances are equally high that you will lose your cars, any cash you might have on you and all other real property you might have on you or in your vehicles due to the law called asset forfeiture,

    My friends, we are at a very real juncture in this nation now wherein, we have only two options that I can see in order to pull the cops back under public scrutiny and control; 1). By dealing with and IN facts, we can begin bringing rogue cops to justice. 2). The other is beginning to manifest in incidents like those in Pennsylvania over the last week. Number 2 will likely be the first wave that hits because people-American citizens are rapidly becoming increasingly agitated, abused and mistreated by the jack booted thuggish cops. The "Rights of the People" are being trounced daily and not one single Judge anywhere is doing anything about it. So, if it is to be it is up to WE THE PEOPLE!!!!! But wait, there's more……..

    FEMA/Homeland/ Law Enforcement Agencies everywhere ARE preparing for the Citizens to finally reach the breaking point, why do you think there has been such a huge shortage of ammunition in America over the past few years? Why do you think emergency food and other supplies have gotten so extremely and insanely high with shortages in those as well? Why do you this thug we have as a President has done NOTHING to stop this madness from the Cops? It's all for one purpose, one direction and one reason…I will leave it up to you to look at and study the FACTS and then IF you compare what you find with the FACTS to the Constitution of the United States of America AND the Bill of Rights, the "what is coming" question will be answered loudly and oh so very clearly.

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  50. Jamie Owens The same occurred in a very small town about an hour and a bit South(sort of South) of Habersham a few short years back. A Cop in a city of just barely over a thousand people shot and killed an UNARMED man who was running AWAY from him. The victim was a passenger in a car wherein the driver had done something(I don't recall what that was specifically) that did warrant the Officer drawing his weapon. But the driver suddenly ditches the car, jumps out and runs, the Cop shoots at him and misses, the passenger who had zero anything to do with the crime took off running as well. The cop shoots him(in the leg to stop his fleeing) hits the femoral artery and the victim bleeds to death before the amublance even leaves the station bay. Who investigated and found the Cop innocent of ALL wrong doings? The GBI.

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  51. Jake, I have not heard about any funds like you mention, but I do live an hour and a bit outside the area. I would contact the local banks around Habersham and see if they have a fund set up yet. They typically are the ones that handle such even when started by a concerned individual.

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  52. they sleep well, see they are looking at it as saving money by getting sued and paying then as a lump sum, So if the Baby get say 200k in medical bills and sues for $1 mill then the baby gets 800k – BUT if the city pays for medical AND get sued for 1 mill, thats 1.2 Mill

    either way they are going to pay the bills, they just want to mitigate the damages as One fight not 2 fights on 2 fronts.

    Not that its right.

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  53. Tommy Bailey Another case I remember from a while back, that still bothers me, Happened in Toccoa Ga, when they shot a deaf person in the head for wielding a knife, none of the officers were fluent in ASL, the call was to help calm him down.

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  54. This was in his home, he wasn't on the streets trying to knife people down or anything, he was having a mental episode.

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  55. this wasn't off topic to the post regarding the original comment… This was also investigated using a very similar process of shaking hands and everyone agreeing with one another that there was no wrong doing… etc.

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  56. If you find out please post an share

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  57. Time to put cameras on these pigs, limit swat team usage to hostage situations and independent federal oversight.

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  58. Take them down… Ruin them. Use them to teach others a harsh and hard lesson. This is America, people! We the People, who remains responsible for ourselves, govern ourselves. We are the creators and Masters of government. Not the other way around. I am a MAN, in my PRIVATE person. Not some statutory individual or some juridical "person". http://private-person.com/blog/2014/05/us-supreme-court-rules-government-officers-liable/ My Right is inherent and unaLIENable.

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  59. Any cop who would harm a child the whole dept is at fault and needs to pay the medical bills an d pay the family for the child's pain and suffering and any permanent damages it has caused the child there is no questions about it the seat team of the police dept is at fault there was no drugs found and the suspect they were looking for was nowhere to be found

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  60. This story illustrates the fact that police depts across the land,have been militarized. And they should NEVER be ,against their own people. It is utterly ridiculous to use such devices or "no knock" raids. The "WAR ON DRUGS" is actually a war on our own people,as well as a miserable failure!

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  61. When will it end?

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  62. Where the hell is Nancy Grace's big mouth on this? Where are the National and international media outlets when this happens?

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  63. Thats messed but if that was theirchild they would pay for it what keeps God sees all what if someone through a grenade at them if they would want justice poor baby may you recover quickly sweet baby

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  64. Steve A Clone internal affairs is the same thing as a proctologist. They like to delve into no man land. And they come out smelling better than when they went in.

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