Sheriff Terrell that officers followed standard procedures prior to the raid and that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s office have tentatively ruled the case justifiable.
I’ve talked to the D.A., I’ve talked to the GBI. I’ve given them the whole information and they say there’s nothing else we can do. There’s nothing to investigate, there’s nothing to look at. Given the information given, GBI’s SWAT team would have done the exact same thing – they’d have used the exact same scenario to enter the house.
Terrell also reports that there was no evidence of children in the house prior to the raid, if there had been protocols would have been different.
According to the confidential informant, there were no children. When they made the buy, they didn’t see any children or any evidence of children there, so we proceeded with our standard operation. When we did surveillance on the house, there were two guards standing guard at the door … like they weren’t letting anybody in. We did make the buy out of the house. We took that information, along with our other information, and went to see the judge and got a warrant. Our team captain asked the normal questions – is there children? If there’s children involved in a house, we do not use any kind of distraction devices in those houses. We just don’t take the chance on it.