Raid Of The Day: John Hirko, Jr.Radley Balko
Feb. 04, 2013
'F TRUMP': Texts Reveal FBI Agents Mueller Hired Called Trump A 'Loathsome Human' And 'An Idiot'
'Pay Us': Black Women Request Payment For Helping Doug Jones Win Alabama Election
Roy Moore's Wife Kayla Called An Anti-Semite For Saying She's Not Anti-Semitic
Dem Councilwoman Wants Bulletproof Plexiglass Ban, Represents An 'Indignity' to Minorities
House Passes 'Combating Anti-Semitism Act Of 2017' To Expand Hate Crime Laws, Penalties
In April 1997, a SWAT team in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania raided the home of John Hirko, Jr. after an informant claimed to have purchased drugs from him. Within minutes Hirko was dead, and his body consumed by fire.
The police started the raid by tossing a flash grenade through a window, just a few seconds after knocking. When Hirko emerged from a bedroom with a gun, Officer Joseph Riedy shot Hirko 11 times, nine times in the back. One of the SWAT cops then detonated a second flash grenade near Hirko, sparking a fire that destroyed the house and prevented police or paramedics from giving Hirko any medical attention. The fire burned Hirko's body beyond recognition.