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During police raid on a suspected meth lab, 12 yo suffered severe burns after the SWAT team used a flash grenade through a bedroom window

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM
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Raid Of The Day: The Fasching Family

By Radley Balko Posted:   |  Updated: 02/01/2013 11:12 am EST

Billings, Montana police say the 6 am raid they conducted in October 2012 was part of an investigation into a suspected meth lab. But there was no meth lab. And the 12-year-old daughter of Jackie Fasching suffered severe burns after the SWAT team used a broomstick to drop a flash grenade through a window into a bedroom where the girl and her sister were sleeping.

Police Chief Rich St. John told the paper, “It was totally unforeseen, totally unplanned and extremely regrettable. We certainly did not want a juvenile, or anyone else for that matter, to get injured.”


Fasching wasn't satisfied with that explanation. “A simple knock on the door and I would’ve let them in," she said. "They said their intel told them there was a meth lab at our house. If they would’ve checked, they would’ve known there’s not.” Fasching's husband, who suffers from congenital heart disease and liver failure, was in fact attempting to open the door to let the cops in just as they knocked it down.

As for the flash grenade, Fasching said it “blew the nails out of the drywall." There's also the matter of why, if they were looking for a meth lab, the police would have set off flash grenades in the first place. Meth labs are known to explode.

According to the Gazette, Chief St. John said investigators did "plenty of homework on the residence," yet somehow weren't aware that there were children inside. “The information that we had did not have any juveniles in the house and did not have any juveniles in the room,” St. John said. “We generally do not introduce these disorienting devices when they’re present. Every bit of information and intelligence that we have comes together and we determine what kind of risk is there. The warrant was based on some hard evidence and everything we knew at the time.”

It sounds like a pretty professional plan. Except that they were looking for a meth lab, and didn’t find it. And they weren't aware of the children permanently living in the home they claim to have thoroughly investigated. Clearly something went wrong.

St. John added, “If we’re wrong or made a mistake, then we’re going to take care of it . . . When we do this, we want to ensure the safety of not only the officers, but the residents inside.”

It seems clear that ensuring the safety of the officers was a high priority for the Billings SWAT team. But it's difficult to see how blindly dropping flash grenades into a bedroom shows much concern for the safety of "the residents inside."

St. John did promise to conduct an unbiased investigation of the incident -- and of the SWAT team he had just defended.

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If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM
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momtimesx4
by Gold Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM

A cop raid?  How many dogs got shot?

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:52 PM


Well a girl got severely burned from the flash grenade.

No meth lab though. Good thing too because you imagine if their was a meth lab? That flash grenade could have blew up the entire house , children, parents and all.


Quoting momtimesx4:

A cop raid?  How many dogs got shot?

Incase people don't understand how strong a meth lab explosion is:



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If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM

A little girl was killed the same way in Detroit a few years ago. Turns out, the person they were looking for wasn't even there.

They killed someone's child for no reason.

IntactivistMama
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM
Grrrr.
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created4apurpos
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:38 PM
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sounds like incompetence.  how much meth did they take themselves before tossing a flash bomb into a suspected meth lab?  and where did they get their "information" and "hard evidence" where it would neglect to tell them there were 2 kids in the house?  they need to do better at checking their "homework"

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