Bungled SWAT Raid Leaves 12-year-old Girl Badly Burned, No Meth Lab Found

truther October 13, 2012 7

Adan Salazar

An early morning SWAT team raid on an alleged meth house produced no meth lab or arrests and instead left a 12-year-old girl badly burned by a flashbang grenade.

It all happened at a Billings, Montana home Tuesday around 6am. While the Fasching family slept, a SWAT team assembled outside their home mobilizing a coordinated raid.

The grenade used was of the non-lethal “flash bang” variety, made to disorient and cause temporary vision and hearing impairment through a bright flash and a loud blast. It was positioned into a window by a SWAT member using a metal pole called a “boomstick,” which acts as a detonator once the grenade is in place.

The window SWAT chose, however, was in a room where two girls were sleeping, and due to an unexpected delay the grenade fell off the boomstick and went off right next to a girl that lay sleeping on the floor under the window.

“A simple knock on the door and I would’ve let them in,” the girl’s mother Jackie Fasching told the Billings Gazette.

“She has first- and second-degree burns down the left side of her body and on her arms,” Mrs. Fasching stated. “She’s got severe pain. Every time I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes.”

The Billings police chief called the raid’s damage “totally unforeseen, totally unplanned and extremely regrettable.”

“Well, I’ll give him unplanned. Though I don’t think he meant it in the way I mean it. Sorry, but when you’re blindly shoving a flash grenade attached to a boomstick through a window, and you clearly have no idea who or what is in that room where you’re detonating, the possibility that an innocent person might get burned is not “totally unforeseen.” It’s only unforeseen when you’re so caught up in your drug war that you can’t be bothered to take the time to consider the possible collateral damage your actions may cause,” The Agitator quipped. [some emphasis added]

Instead of issuing a formal apology, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John blamed gross negligence on the part of police intelligence who supposedly had “done their homework” prior to the raid. “The information that we had did not have any juveniles in the house and did not have any juveniles in the room,” St. John told the Gazette. “We generally do not introduce these disorienting devices when they’re present.”

Damage done to both the house and the girl were photographed by Mrs. Fasching and provided to the Gazette. One image depicts the indention produced by the grenade on the bedroom wall. Another shows the extent of Fasching’s daughter’s burns.

Although the Billings police department was clearly in the wrong, police chief St. John stated they would not admit their mistake until a formal investigation was concluded. “If we’re wrong or made a mistake, then we’re going to take care of it,” St. John said. “But if it determines we’re not, then we’ll go with that. When we do this, we want to ensure the safety of not only the officers, but the residents inside.”

Fasching worries that her daughter will need counseling after the traumatizing event, but holds the police department firmly culpable. “I would like to see whoever threw those grenades in my daughter’s room be reprimanded…If anybody else did that it would be aggravated assault. I just want to see that the city is held accountable for what they did to my children.”

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  1. itsawrap October 16, 2012 at 8:03 am - Reply

    theyre just getting our minds ready for a police state. yea, sure they can burst into your house, burn your kids, and say “oops, wrong house”, and walk back out, get in their trucks, and leave…with no reprucusions. this isnt the first incident,or the second, or third…this is happening ppl. if they can do this while we still have a “peaceful” state, what in the hell do you think they can do under any other circumstances??? *sigh

  2. JD October 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    i dont know the government would probably lose money since they are the ones buying from these druglords and selling it Throughout the entire world.. Opium wars ring a bell?

  3. NoTingles October 14, 2012 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Online Criminal Justice Degree Provides a Startling Perspective of War On Drugs
    October 13, 2012 by David Gagin

    The awareness that it’s really our government and not us who needs to be monitored and controlled has been growing by leaps in the last few years To illustrate this, let’s talk some statistics and facts about the so-called “War On Drugs.”

    It’s been going on longer than many US citizens have been alive. President Nixon declared the war to big fanfare in the Main stream media in 1970. Since that time, the cost of this war has been about $1 trillion.

    You would think that such an expenditure and effort would yield at least some result. You might even think that illegal drugs would become so expensive as to put them out of the price range most people could afford. Yet the result has actually been that these drugs have gotten cheaper. Statistics say cocaine is 74% cheaper now, even with inflation, than it was in 1981, when a gram of this crap was nearly $800; now it’s less than $300. Why? Is it a simple matter of Supply/Demand? Demand hasn’t decreased, despite the level of law enforcement, so perhaps that means supply has increased.

    Statistics show that 1 in 10 of us is using illegal drugs, like cocaine; that’s a tenth of 300 Million. Do the math.

    One important part of the population is high school seniors, and despite all our efforts to eradicate what are the results there?

    In 1992, about 30% were users. In 2012, about 40% admit it. Is this because they are becoming not so reluctant to admit they use, or has the amount of use increased? I think it’s both things, but still I think that regular use is more than what’s being admitted.

    In the early to mid 1990’s, there was a spike in the prevalence of drug use, which then tapered off until 2000, but then increased almost to previous rates and leveled off. The good news is that cocaine use trailed off to around 1 or 2%, where it had been over 10% during the spiking years.

    Still, at a national level, the USA has another first. Not only are we the first in use of energy, like Oil, but we also use the most drugs of any other country, 4 times more all other countries.

    All vices have a social cost, and the cost of drugs use to America is staggering. The War On Drugs has created the largest prison population in America, compared to all other countries: 80% of arrests in America were due to “possession” charges, leading to the highest percentage per capita of incarcerations- 1 in 32 of us is IN PRISON.

    Are we doing any good with this? Possibly, but the measure is more aptly expressed in terms of what’s most important: Human Lives. While the war on drugs has been going on, more people die from using tobacco and abusing alcohol than drug overdoses, but deaths due to drug overdoses get way more press time than the other, so the bigger killer is ignored, while society continues to suffer.

    What’s the answer to all this? We can shout about statistics until the cows come home, but that doesn’t provide answers. The government has called it a war, and if that handle is true, then it’s a war they have obviously lost. And you might say, whatever is the cost of this, the results of ignoring illegal drugs has a far greater cost. Granted, but what if this so-called “War On Drugs” is really a misnomer, and the government that wages it is perhaps the world’s biggest trafficker? How many CIA aircraft have to be discovered carrying TONS of the stuff into the country before we conclude that maybe what they’re really after is a monopoly in the drug trade because it’s so lucrative?

    And how many border patrol agents have to be killed before we understand that the DoJ has been aiding and abetting Mexican drug cartels by letting US sourced firearms walk right into their hands? How many of our members of the military have to die protecting the opium trade in Afghanistan before we understand the true role of the US federal government in world-wide drug trafficking?

    The failures of morality and ethics cost dearly in human lives, with an apparent war taking place in Mexico and other countries which has killed tens of thousands related back to those failures.

    It underscores what Ron Paul has stated numerous times that government meddling AND participation has actually created the epidemic of drug abuse, and we should demand that it cease and desist all these criminal activities that only have served to make the problem worse.

    Here is a list of references provided by Online Criminal Justice Degree

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    This only gets you started. The truth comes tumbling out all over the place about the malfeasance of the “War on Drugs” and it’s going to get even worse I’m afraid. The penchant for secrecy and covering up is more than “opsec”, it’s in a huge way, CYA, by people who know they’re wrong, yet do these things anyway. These I’m calling out to stand down, resign your posts, and admit you were wrong to the American People before it gets uglier than it already is! You owe us big-time, and you know it.

  4. Archie1954 October 14, 2012 at 12:43 am - Reply

    I wonder if anyone has calculated the negative results of the “war” on drugs. I think those results far outweigh the deleterious results of the drugs themselves. The US has become an armed camp, police regularly assault and kill suspects many of whom were actually innocent of wrongdoing, druglords become incredibly wealthy and millions of pot smokers are breaking the law daily. What’s wrong with this picture? Don’t you think a more balanced approach to the whole recreational drug matter would be a better way to go? Why not legalize, tax and regulate such drugs? The druglords would lose their ability to make fortunes, the government would have new revenue, the expense and time constraints for policing would diminish considerably, and the people using such drugs could be treated for addiction where necessary.

  5. Chaos October 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    SWAT should be raiding the DEA for their Meth labs. The DEA are the Biggest Drug manufacturers and Drug Dealers in this Zionist Controlled Amerika .

    • JD October 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm - Reply


  6. JD October 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    wtf another botched raid… gawd… ..

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