Raid Of The Day: John Hirko, Jr.Radley Balko
Feb. 04, 2013
Swedish Journalist Who Worked To Demystify No-Go Zones Gets Shot In No-Go Zone
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Says All Men Should Be Feminists, Calls For End to 'Bro Culture'
Disturbing Video Shows Brutal Assault On Elderly Teacher by Middle School Students
CNN Cuts Off Black Trump Supporter After He Rejects Concept Of 'White Guilt'
Here's The Source Of The 'End-of-World Prediction' That Interrupted TV Broadcasts in Orange County
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.