Killeen, Texas police admitted they knew there was a 9-year-old girl in the house before an explosive no knock SWAT raid that left a family’s home in shambles.
The family was outraged that explosives were used as part of a no knock raid to serve a warrant for theft.
Jamar Carson returned to his home after dropping his fiancée off at work to what looked like a war scene, reported NBC 6.
“All this charred debris, it blew up and blew back this way and even knocked the level off my awning up here,” Carson said. “I couldn’t get over there. I couldn’t get to my daughter, I couldn’t get to my son to see what was happening.”
Rather than knock on the door, the officers said they blew open the garage door, blew open the front door and rammed through the window.
Inside, they arrested Carson’s son, 19-year-old Ryan O’Neal on an outstanding warrant for Theft of a Firearm and took him into custody without incident.
A police spokesperson said the theft suspect was a flight risk, so it justified possibly blowing up a 9 year old girl and destroying a home.
“Due to the nature of the individual, we were going out there to serve this warrant on, he is a high risk because of his criminal history and he is considered a flight risk,” KPD Spokesperson Ofelia Miramontez said.
The family said a SWAT team detonated explosives and stormed the home without warning, as the little girl slept just feet away.
The family is furious with this police misuse of force after they didn’t even try knocking on the door before using explosives.
“So, they come and arrest my grandson, fine I have no problem with that, but the violence that they used, I will not tolerate that from my police department,” Roland Cebulski the homeowner said. “There’s nothing that’s stopping these people knocking on the door and somebody coming to answer.”
“Had something gone awry with that explosive, it could have gone right through my granddaughter’s wall,” Cebulski said.
“I jumped up on the chair because I was afraid the glass would stick in my foot,” Zakyra Hamilton, the 9 year old, said.
Carson said they would have had no problem with police doing their job respectfully.
“If they say we have warrants, then come on in, search, do what you have to do, we’re not going to stop you doing your job, but don’t jeopardize people while you’re doing it,” Carson said.