Botched Raid on Innocent Family Earns Cops Merit Badges

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Last December, I posted about a botched SWAT raid on an innocent Minnesota family.  Acting on bad information from an informant, the police threw flash grenades though the family’s windows, then exchanged gunfire with Vang Khang, who mistook the police for criminal intruders.  Seven months later, no one in the police department has been held accountable for the mistakes leading up to the raid.

However, this week Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan and Mayor R.T. Rybak did give the raiding officers medals and commendations for their bravery in nearly killing Vang Khang, his wife, and their six children.

Said Chief Dolan while handing out the hardware:

"The easy decision would have been to retreat under covering fire. The team did not take the easy way out," Dolan told the crowd. "This is a perfect example of a situation that could have gone horribly wrong, but did not because of the professionalism with which it was handled."

This is really beyond outrage.  The city of Minneapolis is commending and rewarding its police officers for firing their weapons at innocent people.  A family of eight was terrorized, assaulted, and nearly killed, and it’s the "perfect example" of a situation that could have gone wrong?

It’s not the first time this kind of thing has happened, either.  In November 2006, a Baltimore County, Maryland police officer was given an award for shooting Cheryl Lynn Noel, a mother of two gunned down in her nightgown when she grabbed a gun after mistaking the raiding police officers for criminal intruders.  The officer then shot Noel a second time from point blank range.  That award came shortly after the Noel family filed a civil suit against Baltimore County.

MORE: Listen to the 911 call from Khang’s wife here. Note how long it takes for the police to finally identify themselves.

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57 Responses to “Botched Raid on Innocent Family Earns Cops Merit Badges”

  1. #1 |  Joel Rosenberg | 

    The City Council can pass an honorary resolution recognizing Khang’s efforts to protect his family. What argument would they now have for failing to do so?

    Well, there is that check that they’re going to — sooner or later — write to the Khang family. If they do the honorable thing and recognize his brave defense of his family against unknown home invaders (which they were, up until the moment that the 911 operator explained to his wife that the home invaders were the police, at which point he put down his gun), that check will have more zeroes on it.

    Which, of course, I’ll have to help pay for; I live in Minneapolis, and we taxpayers get to foot the bill for MPD misbehavior. Yay, us.

  2. #2 |  CSI | 

    This reminds me of when the crew of an American cruiser received combat medals for mistakenly shooting an Iranian civilian airliner in 1988.

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  4. #4 |  Wendy Weinbaum | 

    What an OUTRAGE – giving medals to jack-booted thug goof-ups! They owe TRIBUTE to the innocent family they terrorized! Moreover, as a Jewess in the US, I want to remind everyone that America wasn’t won with a registered gun! And, that criminals are stopped by FIREARMS, not by talk. That is why all REAL Americans put our 2nd Amendment FIRST!

  5. #5 |  MarK Darvin | 

    A few things:

    a) For you Generation Kill watchers, the Capt. speech about not retreating under fire sounds just like Godfather’s speech after they almost called in a close fire mission.

    b) Why are these guys such terrible shots? I’m thankfully no one in the house was injured, but c’mon. The homeowner hits his targets and these cowboys just shoot up the house and kill the sofa?

    c) Does it really take 7 months to figure out you need to do some “policework” to collaborate the stories of criminal informants?

    I stumbled onto your blog and read a few post. I like your style of writing.

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