Back in June I wrote about the sickening actions of a task force from the Habersham County Sheriff's Office and other agencies, which resulted in an infant being severely injured by a stun grenade tossed into a suspected drug dealer's house (no drugs were subsequently found). I called it 'Child abuse under color of law', and posted a before-and-after image of the infant concerned. I was particularly sickened by the attitude of County Sheriff Joey Terrell, who was quoted as saying:
"Our team went by the book. Given the same scenario, we'll do the same thing again. I stand behind what our team did."
Now comes the news that none of those responsible will be officially called to account for their crimes - and yes, they are crimes, even though the authorities refuse to label them as such.
A Habersham County grand jury has decided not to charge any of the law enforcement officers involved in the botched drug raid that disfigured a toddler.
There's more at the link.
In my earlier article, I said:
I speak as a retired Federal officer. I swore a law enforcement oath of office myself, and had statutory powers of arrest. All I can say is that Sheriff Terrell is extremely fortunate he doesn't live within striking distance of me, because he wouldn't be allowed to say any such thing in my presence. I regard him with contempt, scorn and derision for even attempting to justify this sort of outrage. He's identified himself as a jackbooted thug for even thinking such things, much less saying them. Why he hasn't been physically slapped down (at the very least) by outraged members of his community, I just don't understand. Why the officers who perpetrated this authority also have not been dealt with as severely as possible by that same community beggars the imagination.
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I believe Sheriff Terrell (and all officers who took part in this raid, and any other officer of any other agency who shares his defensive attitude over this incident) needs to hang up his badge RIGHT NOW and never put on law enforcement uniform again. If he does, I believe the people of his community need to remove him from office by any means necessary. If I were there, I'd not only join them - I'd help organize a community-wide drive to do so.
I swore an oath. I have kept that oath. Sheriff Terrell and his officers, by the admission contained in his own words, are in violation of that oath every day they hold office. WHY HAVE THE PEOPLE OF HAVERSHAM COUNTY NOT DONE SOMETHING ABOUT IT?
In the light of this news, I can only repeat those words. If I lived in Haversham County, I'd make it my personal business - a crusade, if you will - to drive Sheriff Terrell out of office, and do the same to every single officer involved in that raid. As far as I'm concerned, they've disqualified themselves from consideration even as human beings, much less law enforcement officers. I'd deal with them in the same way that I'd deal with an errant cockroach. They deserve no better. These people are a stench in the nostrils of honest, morally upright peace officers. Those of us who are honest LEO's of whatever sort need to do something about these jackbooted thugs who dishonor us by their presence in our ranks . . . before their stench rubs off on all of us.
Sadly, in this case, it may already be too late for that. It may be that outraged individuals will now take the law into their own hands, and seek what justice they can through direct action. I can't blame them for that. When the justice system denies justice, or dispenses it in a biased, arbitrary and capricious fashion, anarchy often follows.