It seems whether or not it is just “fun and games” depends on who you are. The fact that most people are somehow accepting of misconduct by the “authorities” is further evidence that we have become the world’s most powerful banana republic.
Can you imagine what would happen to a student who did that as a prank? He’d probably be charged with terrorism.
Hell, a student can get in arrested for bringing a tiny plastic Lego gun to school or doodling on a desk with erasable marker.
But a cop can set off a flash grenade, showering kids in actual gun powder and deafening them?
The fact that “zero tolerance” is applied to a child who makes a shape resembling a gun with their fingers yet isn’t applied to a cop constituting actual physical damage and harm is proof positive that such a policy is utter and complete bullshit.
This reminds me of a kindergarten field trip I chaperoned when officer friendly (i.e. Barney Fife) herded all the little kids into a cell there at the station and then proceeded to walk away. After a few minutes he came back acting all upset and nervous. He told the kids he had lost the key to the cell. The kids were visibly shaken up and a few started crying. The cop thought he was so clever. After a few minutes of torturing these 5 year olds, he came back with the key. It was truly creepy and surprising. Apparently a good thing for the young-uns to experience, fear. And even creepier was none of the adults said anything even though we all felt it was inappropriate for 5 year olds to be treated that way on an innocent happy little field trip. After that lovely experience we were off to the fire house next door where the kids recovered after being allowed to slide down the pole. Thank god for the firemen they did save the day.
Flash bang grenades are used in the juvenile prison that I am familiar with so I guess school is getting more and more like prison.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has it’s own SWAT teams?
Why? In case there’s a hostage situation on a highway?
What do they do when there are no on-highway hostage situations? Combat the scourge of mobile meth labs that roam the state in custom equipped tractor trailers?
Oh… I get it… since the Highway Patrol has, in theory… jurisdiction throughout the state, they can assist any of the local jurisdictions with their SWAT team raid needs. Kinda like a state sponsored Mercenary Squad.
That seems dangerously close to ‘posse comitatus’, doesn’t it? Why not use the Missouri National Guard’s SWAT teams for this instead? Oh… because that’s a MILITARY unit. What about hiring Blackwater Security? Oh… because they would be actual Mercenaries. That’s a pretty thin line there.
A wonderful tool. Not for recruiting but for parents to teach their kids about blind, slobbering trust in authority and teaching them that the people that want and demand that you put your whole, unquestioning trust in them are really not deserving of that blind, slobbering trust…they just desire it. Though I’m sure there were several HS bullies in attendance who now have a pretty good idea for a career path.
Proof once again….there are a LOT of “special” cops out there….and I mean “special” in the short bus way.
As a stun or flashbang grenade can injure or kill someone under specific conditions, there are other things other than being showered with burnt powder residue to worry about.
For one, Wikipedia and my memory coincide by listing the noise produced by a M84 stun grenade at ~180db within five feet. I’m told that noise above 140db can cause immediate damage to hearing… http://www.howstuffworks.com/question124.htm
Seems to me that there is at least one SWAT cop who should be facing multiple criminal assault charges, if not multiple cops facing “conspiracy to commit” charges.
I think each ten-fold increase in distance represents roughly a 30dB drop in power (though various factors may cause things to drop more quickly at shorter distances). If the flash-bang is indeed 180dB at five feet, it could still be 140dB+ at a significant distance.
Several years back a cop in Torrington WY thought it would be funny to scare a friend working at a C-store. He went in with an AR full of blanks and a ski-mask and started shooting. I’d really like to say he was fired but one can never be too sure.
It still bugs me to see a flashbang listed as a non-lethal munition. I’m willing to accept less-lethal. Throwing around non-lethal lets people who haven’t been near one continue to skim over articles and not think twice about it.
Andrew Williams |
April 20th, 2010 at 6:04 am