We’ve discussed this case already, but it makes it even more powerful when told by the mother.
Flashbang grenades were created for soldiers to use during battle. When they explode, the noise is so loud and the flash is so bright that anyone close by is temporarily blinded and deafened. Itâ€™s been three weeks since the flashbang exploded next to my sleeping baby, and heâ€™s still covered in burns.
Thereâ€™s still a hole in his chest that exposes his ribs. At least thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve been told; Iâ€™m afraid to look.
These stories are important to tell. Too much of the public has been lulled into believing that SWAT is just a necessary part of policing and that it’s all about protecting officers from the “bad guys.” The more that they realize that this kind of event is inevitable with drug war militarization, the sooner we’ll be able to restore some sanity.