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Video: Georgia Grand Jury Clears SWAT Team in Raid That Injured Toddler, Slams "Emergency" Drug Investigations

October 07, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Georgia Grand Jury Clears SWAT Team in Raid That Injured Toddler, Slams "Emergency" Drug Investigations

A grand jury has recommended no criminal charges in the Habersham County (Ga.) SWAT raid that critically injured a toddler.

The 19-month-old toddler was asleep in the early morning hours of May 28 when SWAT deputies threw a flash-bang device into his home while executing a search warrant for a drug suspect. 

In their 15-page presentment, the grand jury found no cause for criminal charges against the deputies involved in the botched SWAT raid, but they had plenty to say about the investigation.

The jury called it "sloppy and hurried" and "not in accordance with best practices." The grand jury said while they want law enforcement to pursue drug dealers "the zeal to hold them accountable must not override cautious and patient judgment."

They went on to say, "there should be no such thing as an emergency drug investigation." 

The grand jury wants their findings read to the entire Georgia Assembly, WSB TV reports.

They believe the tragedy that happened in Habersham County could happen to any community and they don't want any other children hurt.

A criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office is ongoing. The toddler's family has moved back to Wisconsin. A spokesman said the parents are distraught and not satisfied. The spokesman said they will likely move forward with a civil suit.


Comments (9)

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TheRookie @ 10/7/2014 9:45 PM

Remember this incident. I read all I could on it. Was a haphazard chain of events. After reading prior FOI reports from Georgia Bureau of Investigation it displayed that Habersham County S.O. conducted many emergency types of raids that went bad. I hope they get this re-structured & fixed for everyone's sake.

Bill @ 10/8/2014 8:52 AM

What I find most incredulous is the justification for the raid. Their informant was extremely questionable.
Just as disturbing is the departments refusal to pay for the mounting medical bills. They screwed up, and refusing to 'make right' shows an extreme lack of integrity.
I know the law supposedly does not allow them to pay their bills, but the departments refusal to acknowledge their mistake is offensive.

Richard Hightower @ 10/8/2014 1:29 PM

The problem with having SWAT units is the same as having a really neat hammer in a toolbox with few if any other tools. It encourages all problems to look like nails. SWAT is generally a problem. In my LEO experience in the Harrios County, Texas area -- the individual officers were often highly qualified. But often they became a little too "cowboy" as they progressed in their SWAT-centric careers.

132&Bush @ 10/8/2014 11:39 PM

Well stupidity is not a crime I guess. I still don't get how they don't have to pay.

Bill @ 10/13/2014 8:48 AM

They "don't have to pay" because they haven't been sued. Without that judgement, there is no authority to release the funds. And because of the inevitable litigation the departments hands are tied in regards to making any statements of fault, et cetera.

Longarm @ 10/14/2014 5:04 AM

So, how exactly is it that nobody thinks of holding accountable the degenerate shits that had their toddler living IN A METH LAB? The child should be taken away from its meth cooking shit rat parents and put up for adoption immediately to a family that won't put its life in severe danger by cooking highly flammable and volatile chemicals to produce illegal drugs.

Apparently personal responsibility is dead in America today.

Bill @ 10/14/2014 8:49 AM

@Longarm
I would tend to agree with you if the raid had not relied only on an informant. Furthermore, the only evidence produced from the raid was a single glass pipe. Yes, it did have meth in it. However, if this was a dealers home then certainly there would have been meth in the house. Also, if they were 'cooking' it, then the raid would have produced evidence of manufacturing. It did not.

Bill @ 10/14/2014 8:50 AM

Local news source: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/judge-approved-no-knock-warrant-hours-raid-critica/ngC9R/

Doug @ 10/13/2016 11:36 AM

The solution is not to hire dummies to carry a badge. Higher standards should have prevented this nonsense.

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