A tactical law enforcement team broke into Tom Shiflett's home and took his 11-year-old son to hospital for court-ordered medical treatment for a minor head injury.
Garfield County's All Hazards Response Team raided the home Friday night, a day after Jon Shiflett fell after grabbing the handle of a moving car. The child was returned to the family at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, hours after the raid.
"Inappropriate is not nearly strong enough a word. It was gross irresponsibility and stupidity," said Ross Talbott, owner of the Apple Tree Mobile Home Park south of New Castle who rents to the Shifletts and who witnessed the raid. "Is this Russia? I don't know what we're coming to when they think your kid needs medical help and they send a SWAT team."
In the end, the injury wasn't as severe as caseworkers from the Garfield County Department of Social Services thought when they went before a judge seeking a search warrant and order for medical treatment.
The doctor recommended fluids, Tylenol and ice to treat the bruises, according to a copy of Jon's patient aftercare instructions.
I have a feeling that we're not getting the whole story here though. Since when does a SWAT team get sent to one's home for a simple childhood injury? The father must have behaved in some sort of negative or questionable way to warrant this kind of response.
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From that article, it seems like the CPS was already involved for some reason or another, and deputies were sent first, only to have the guy refuse to take his son to the hospital. I still dont think that justifies a swat team. But if it only saves one child....
What interests me is this. Mistakes happen, I understand that. Now what? Will someone get in trouble for this? Will anyone apologize to the guy for this? Will there be restitution? Or will this be swept under the carpet?
SWAT teams are only deployed for "High-Risk" Situations. There is definitely a LARGE chunk of the story missing on this one. Even more so than the guy just simply refusing to take the kid to the hospital. Something like this would happen if the police showed up and the guy told them he would shoot anyone that tried to take the kid or something like that.
I hate half-chopped and bias stories. They always make innocent people look bad.
Read about a case last night, where a swat team had their suspect in handcuffs when they encountered his gf whom was holding their 14 month baby. They killed her and blew the babies arm off. The overall point was the SWAT teams get more equipment thant training. The highlight of that point being a landlocked county in indiana whose swat team operates a amphibious assault vehicle
Originally posted by Vash Read about a case last night, where a swat team had their suspect in handcuffs when they encountered his gf whom was holding their 14 month baby. They killed her and blew the babies arm off. The overall point was the SWAT teams get more equipment thant training. The highlight of that point being a landlocked county in indiana whose swat team operates a amphibious assault vehicle
That's Hamilton County, right?
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