Family Sues Police for Injuring Two Year Old with Smoke Bomb

| by Michael Allen

Jose and Paulina Salinas have filed a lawsuit against the City of Oxnard, Calif., and the local police department because their two-year-old boy allegedly suffered burns from a police smoke bomb during a failed drug raid.

The Salinas claim the "no knock" raid happened at their condominium at about 4 a.m. on April 16, reports Courthouse News.

The lawsuit claims Oxnard police officers broke the front windows of the condo and tossed in smoke bombs. The cops allegedly broke in through the front door and told Jose, Paulina and two of their children to "get down and put your hands to your head!"

The Salinas say they told police there was a two-year-old child in one of their bedrooms, but the cops allegedly ignored their warnings and threw a smoke bomb into a room where Justin Salinas, 2, stood near a door.

The family's lawsuit claims the smoke bomb blew some shrapnel into Justin foot and caused first-degree burns and cuts.

Apparently, the suspects whom the police were looking for had moved out of the home four months earlier.

The Oxnard Police Department wouldn't comment on the lawsuit, but did say in a April 16 press release: "At one of the search warrant locations, a two-year old sustained minor injuries. The child was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released."

Sources: Oxnard Police Department, Courthouse News