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It Happens Again! Toddler Targeted By Cops’ Bomb

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This article comes from WND.com

by Leo Hohmann

City sued after 2-year-old burned in ‘no-knock’ raid.

A 2-year-old California boy was burned and traumatized by a police smoke bomb in a botched “no-knock” raid at the wrong home, his family claims in a lawsuit.

The boy’s parents, Jose and Paulina Salinas of Ventura County, sued the City of Oxnard and its Police Department in Superior Court on Monday, according to Courthouse News Service.

The Salinas family seeks damages for assault, battery, trespass, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress from the botched raid. The raid occurred at 4 a.m. on April 16 while the family was sleeping.

Jason Benites, assistant chief with the Oxnard Police Department, refused to comment on pending litigation.

A police press release from April briefly mentioned that a 2-year-old boy had “sustained minor injuries” in the operation but did not say how the injuries occurred or that the child had been burned by a police smoke bomb. Police threw a smoke bomb into his bedroom during a “multi-location search warrant operation” by several agencies targeting suspected gang members. The agencies involved included local police, the district attorney’s office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the stated goal of reducing “gun violence” in Oxnard “through education, intervention, and enforcement,” according to the news release.

The case is similar to an incident that occurred in Habersham County, Georgia, on May 28 when a 19-month-old boy was severely burned in a botched no-knock raid on his family’s house. In that case, sheriffs deputies threw a flash-bang grenade into little Bou Bou Phonesavanh’s crib, blowing off his nose and burning his face and chest, which has required him to undergo more than $1 million worth of surgeries and treatment. Habersham County has to date refused to pay for the toddler’s medical expenses. Like in the California case, the Georgia deputies found no drugs or guns in the house. They arrested the targeted suspect hours later at another house for possession of a small amount of methamphetamine.

A grand jury deliberated over the case as presented by the district attorney but, as WND reported on Oct. 6, decided not to indict the Habersham Sheriff’s Office on any criminal charges. Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell previously told WND that the grenade tossing was a mistake. The deputy who threw the grenade has since resigned from the department.

In the wake of the “Bou Bou” case, State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Ga., has been trying to reform Georgia’s laws to rein in the use of “no-knock” warrants. A pregnant Clayton County woman was injured during a 2010 SWAT raid in Georgia and 92-year-old Kathryn Johnson was shot and killed in Atlanta, eight years ago today on Nov. 21, 2006, when a SWAT team burst into her home in a botched no-knock raid in which they had targeted the wrong home.

“Civil rights groups have chronicled dozens of other such cases in recent years where SWAT-type police with an overzealous mindset have mistakenly injured or killed innocent Americans – mistakes that are most often chalked up as little more than oops,’ absent any repercussions to the offending officers,” wrote crime journalist Cheryl Chumley in a recent column for WND.

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  1. I had to wait to comment on this because it is so inexcusable and never should have happened.

    “… in a botched “no-knock” raid at the wrong home”

    It is being discussed as if it was a mistake instead of against OUR laws here within our nation, instead of it being “color of law”, pretend law that is being enforced.

    Our *US Constitution, the LAW that all laws MUST follow (be in Pursuance thereof) forbids any governmental police – federal or state – from doing anything but getting a warrant with YOUR Oath or affirmation, naming what you are searching for, who you are searching for, etc. Otherwise you are forbidden to take one step onto a persons property without their express permission.

    This is NOT China, Germany, Russia, Thailand, Korea, etc. This is the United States of America – you want to be a governmental professional law enforcement – state or federal – FOLLOW IT. You want to be a gang member and break into peoples homes in the middle of the night or day – go to one of those nations or join a gang – of course you would NOT be accepted.

    Stand up for our nation and our Constitution as the Oath that you are required to take AND to KEEP is your **ONLY authority here in the USA.

    Justice William O. Douglas said; “We must realize that today’s Establishment is the New George III, Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know. If it does, the redress, honored in tradition, is also revolution.”

    But he is incorrect, this is ***NAZI, Germany tactics, and somewhere on this site I listed them straight from the Opening Statement of the Nuremberg Trials. Go read them and then put aside your shame and treason, your ****terrorist activities against the American people and KEEP YOUR OATH.

    Here is one you should recognize:

    ***Justice Robert Jackson, Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials: “Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and putting terror in every heart.”

    That is “No

    Or one day you will be in court being prosecuted – if you are lucky. Unfortunately when Americans finally lose their tempers enough to react, they will be doing more things emotionally and – as planned by those who are USING you – you are an easy target with all the unlawful things being done and people murdered, injured, etc by your “color of law” exploits. Pray they are with those who still have cooler heads, because they others will not have the patience for courts – much like some LE’s are doing today and they really have no reason to be, while the people WILL have good reasons.

    Stop what is being done in the name of the “law”, or tear this country apart because you were willing to be a dupe, to be USED against this nation, and don’t “just follow orders” and “just do your job”. Think!

    Stay Safe! Use your Minds! God Bless!

    If there were never intended to be action to defend the Constitution from those who are domestically attempting to destroy its power and authority, why would each Oath require it of those who take the Oaths? 

    * Preamble to the Bill of Rights: “… in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that FURTHER declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added;…”

    Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    ** Dr Edwin Vieira states in his book “Constitutional “Homeland Security” Volume 1: the Nation in Arms”:
    “That means “that NONE of those tasks are assigned to the Army, to a Navy, to a (constitutionally unknown) National Guard, or least of all to any unnamed professional police, security, or intelligence agencies of the General Government or of any state or locality. Rather, the Constitution’s explicit emphasis on the Militia as the preeminent forces by politicians of a garrison, “national-security”, or police state…

    So those bound by Oath who “knowingly, with willful blindness, or in reckless disregard of the consequences of his/her action” votes for an unconstitutional act, bill, etc; when a “President or state governor refuses to veto it and instead executes it; or when a Judge, either of the supreme and inferior courts of the general government, or of any state knowingly declares such a statute valid and enforceable – each and every one of them violates his oath of office….
    A remedy MUST exist for every individual harmed by each and every violation. That remedy MUST impose some personal liability on the violator – it being his own Oath or Affirmation he himself forswore. And that personal liability cannot be evaded by his or his cronies’ assertion of some ersatz official immunity”. Dr Edwin Vieira

    *** Justice Robert Jackson, Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials: “Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and putting terror in every heart.”

    **** 28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

  2. Well written Cal, kudos to you my friend. Although I would wager that there is a misconception by many of those in law enforcement that when the oath is taken, the oath and the enforcement of laws even if unconstitutional are automatically linked.. you understand my meaning? Under the color of law, many believe that they are honoring their oaths. Like you pointed out so clearly, just following orders blindly without thinking, just because those orders come from the higher ranking does not make it just and warranted. There will come a day when the people will feel the oppression and the heavy hand of the state will bitten. Those that did not follow the Constitution and perform their duties in accordance to it will pay a big price. Thanks for the generous info you provide to everyone here on this board and by all means, keep hammering away at the keys! 😉

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