Dean Dabney, Georgia State University criminal justice professor, said he hears of all kinds of botched raids, which he said often go wrong because of the high intensity of the situations and the large margin for error.
“It’s never OK when it happens,” Dabney told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We do expect more of law enforcement, but we don’t expect them to be robots.”
The traditional practice before such a raid is for officers to meet and plot out their assignment, with pictures of the home and each member of the team’s assignments doled out. The reason for the the planning is simple, Dabney said: so each person knows his or her job, such as swinging the battering ram or searching this room or that room, and can think solely about that job. If one person makes a job, such as driving up to the wrong house, there can be a “cascading effect” where goes wrong, the professor said.
“It just sounds like the train got off the tracks in a horrific way,” Dabney said of the allegations in the suit.
As a result, the suit says the mother and child have suffered serious mental trauma. The suit asks for damages in an amount to be determined later.