20 Stories of Police Behaving Badly
7. Cop Shoots Teen Holding Wii Controller inside His Own Home
A home visit from a police officer in Georgia went terribly wrong when the officer mistook a video game controller for a firearm. A 17-year-old boy was playing Nintendo Wii inside his mobile home when the officer knocked on the door to deliver a probation warrant to the boy’s father. The officer shot the teen in the chest, but was not charged with any misconduct.
8. SWAT Team Drops Live Grenade into Baby’s Crib
An infant was left in critical condition after a drug raid went awry in Georgia in 2014. Police broke into the house of a family as they slept and threw a flash grenade into the playpen where the 19-month-old lay. Police later claimed there was “nothing to indicate there [were] children present in the home.” Drugs were also not present in the home, but no charges were laid against the officers.
9. Cops Entrap Disabled Teen
A lawsuit alleges that an undercover officer planted at a high school in Temecula, CA befriended an autistic teen and pressured him into buying marijuana. After the undercover officer pestered the boy to buy him marijuana for weeks, the teen finally relented and was charged in a drug sting. The teen’s parents claim he suffers from PTSD after his arrest.