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Friday, January 21, 2005

Police stun device severely burns woman during drug raid

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. A western New York woman is in a burn unit after suffering severe injuries from a police explosive device tossed into an apartment during a drug raid.

Authorities say 18-year-old Rhiannon Kephart is in serious condition at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo with second- and third-degree burns on her chest and stomach.

Police were conducting a raid on an apartment in Niagara Falls yesterday when officers tossed a flash-bang device into a room and Kephart was burned by the explosion.

Police say the device is only intended to stun people or divert their attention. Authorities say Kephart wasn't the target of the drug investigation.

A Niagara Falls police official says police feel "terrible" about injuring the woman.

Authorities say Niagara Falls officers were assisting Homeland Security Department agents in the drug raid, which resulted in the arrest of a man on felony conspiracy charges.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press

So this is what the Department of Homeland Security does. Burns Americans alive in their own beds.
How many more?


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