Recruiting Tool

Monday, April 19th, 2010

SWAT cop detonates a flashbang grenade under the bleachers during a high school convocation.

Just for funsies.

(Thanks to Benjamin Baeker for the link.)

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25 Responses to “Recruiting Tool”

  1. #1 |  Nando | 

    Radley, you forgot the “t” in detonates.

    If you or I did this, we’d be arrested for (at the very least) disturbing the peace, with 3-4 more charges tacked on for good measure. But, a dumb ass cop does this and he doesn’t even get a warning?

  2. #2 |  Rhayader | 

    Did Sgt. Reinsch let the kids stay for free Taser shots after the assembly? Maybe throw a few hot ones into a black lab to give it that realistic feel?

  3. #3 |  J sub D | 

    “A lot of times, that’s how the SWAT team will enter a home when they’re trying to get a hostage or something,”

    Each day in America, police SWAT teams raid more than 100 private homes, many times very late at night, or very early in the morning.

    More than one hundred hostage situations dailiy in America? You’d think I’d have read something about that.

  4. #4 |  dave smith | 

    Was that troop F or F troop?

  5. #5 |  Marty | 

    they should show kids radar guns and ticket books if they wanna show kids what they really do… ‘hostage situation’- that’s what he strokes himself dreaming about.

  6. #6 |  Blakenator | 

    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.

  7. #7 |  Chris Berez | 

    If a kid did this he would be suspended or expelled, arrested, and charged. A cop does it and not only gets to keep his job but also doesn’t have to worry about any disciplinary action whatsoever.

    Cops: the one job where you can do something stupid, plead ignorance, have that plea be acceptable, and still get to boss people around with a gun and a Taser.

    Society for the fail!

  8. #8 |  OGRE | 

    Wow. How completely asinine.

    And they want us to call them ‘professionals?’

  9. #9 |  Mattocracy | 

    #8 | OGRE |

    Completely unprofessional. Maybe next time they can shoot a bunch of people and plant dugs on the bodies to interest kids in law enforcement.

  10. #10 |  Elliot | 

    I’m so glad they fired that SWAT officer who threw the grenade!


    Can you imagine what would happen to a student who did that as a prank? He’d probably be charged with terrorism.

  11. #11 |  Johnny Clamboat | 

    @#6 Without bananas, mind you.

  12. #12 |  Chris Berez | 

    #10 | Elliot | April 19th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    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.

    Or at least it would be in a rational society…

  13. #13 |  pam | 

    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.

  14. #14 |  Bob | 

    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.

  15. #15 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    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.

  16. #16 |  Peter Ramins | 

    Paging Scalia, Justice Scalia, you have a call in the Eat Crow Lounge.

  17. #17 |  qwints | 

    These sorts of events seem like a net positive to me. The more people who know how cavalier the police are about using force the better. Especially when those abuses of power cause no real harm.

  18. #18 |  Woog | 


    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…

    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.

  19. #19 |  Judi | 


  20. #20 |  supercat | 

    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.

  21. #21 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I especially like the part where the parent felt the need to keep her identity a secret. You mean she doesn’t trust the cops?

    Speaking of trusting cops, CNN has a story about head-mounted cameras for cops made by our buddies at Taser.

    If the officer does not double-click the communications hub, the incident will not be recorded. That means the beat cop has sole discretion over what gets recorded and what doesn’t.

    Gee, ya think that means they might not be inclined to record it when they’re beating the shot outa someone?

    Defense attorney Adams said that despite the best intentions of the police departments and Taser, the business relationship between those parties has the potential to create conflict.

    “They need to put it in the hands of an independent forensic scientific examiner to make sure it’s out of the hands of the police and outside of the company’s domain,” he said.

    Wait a sec. You mean law enforcement should trust an independent party with evidence that could get cops in trouble? ROFLMAO!

  22. #22 |  AJs | 

    If it was some kids playing this kind of prank it WOULD have resulted in arrest, in some places it would be a felony . It’s all fun and games until someone loses a foot from a police prank and then the police lie and try to cover it up… nah, that never happens.

  23. #23 |  Pinandpuller | 

    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.

  24. #24 |  Jay | 

    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.

  25. #25 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Hippie Birdday Rally–I mean Radley! : )