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Badge Abuse: FBI SWAT Raid Injures Unarmed Teenager
by Shannon Jones
During a coordinated series of FBI SWAT raids on several houses in the DC and Maryland areas, an unarmed teenager was injured following gunfire by law enforcement. In the aftermath of the event, the homeowner has been searching for answers from the Federal agency, and neighbors have been left in a state of shock.
Myasia, 18, was having a sleepover with a couple of friends when she was awaken by a loud bang at the front door around 6 o’clock in the morning. Her father, Emory Hughley, was also awakened by the commotion. As he entered the scene, he found 15 SWAT team members with their weapons drawn. The former military service member tried to assure law enforcement that there were no guns in the house.
At this time, his daughter went to the doorway of her bedroom. One of the law enforcement personnel thought that she had a weapon and opened fire on the college student. None of the bullets hit her, however, she did sustain an injury, which according to her father, was caused by shrapnel hitting her neck. A field agent from the Baltimore office said that the woman’s injuries were caused by a fall, not shrapnel.
“I’ve got eight holes in my wall. One bullet went past my head, almost hit me, ricocheted off my brick wall and some of the shrap metal hit my little daughter in the back of her neck, all for nothing,” stated Hughley, who feels that law enforcement was excessive in their use of force in the incident.
The FBI is not speaking to the press on the issue and has only stated that a judge approved the search warrant that led to the raid. Hughley is still awaiting an explanation on details of the search warrant. As of yet, he has no idea why a search warrant was even issued. It has also not been released as to why the agent opened fire on the teenager, or what she may have been holding at the time.
Neighbors of the family stated to the local press that there have never been issues with the family in the past and, that they have no idea what could have led to the raid.
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