A Closer Look: SWAT team mistakes

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by WFAA-TV Staff

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Posted on December 10, 2009 at 10:43 AM

DALLAS — The Dallas Police Department changed its policy about SWAT team mistakes after a News 8 report on the subject.

Shattered glass and tear gas fumes filled the Jaimes home in the summer of 2008. Dallas SWAT officers unleashed a dozen tear gas canisters while searching for a man who was accused of murder.

The family gave police permission to search the home, but couldn't afford the cost of fixing the damage left behind.

Days later, Assistant Chief Thomas Lawrence said this in response: "We want people to know that if we do cause a level damage that's going to severely inconvenience them, we have some resources in place."

That resource is a non-profit organization in Richardson called Victim Relief, with 400 volunteers.

Since its partnership with the Dallas Police Department in 2008, Victim Relief says it has helped several families whose homes were damaged by the SWAT team.

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