The SWAT team didn't screw up here. The screw up was the Jack Ass who gave the okay with miniscule intelligence that this was the house. Sadly SWAT will be blamed while those who failed their jobs before hand will get no public grilling.
On the one hand it could be argued that they did not screw up in the sense that such teams use tactics like the one described in the original article to make sure that they do not have to enter a danger Zone under fire - even the special tactics units from the local police departments over here use flash bangs and the like.
But having shitty intelligence and then blatantly telling the mother the lies about her baby is a major screw up and shows just how arrogant, incompetent and whatnot most policemen are.
To protect and to serve, I could not get any "protect" and no "serve", neither. The police HAS TO BE the force that saves the citizens from harm - and not be the one that the citizens should be afraid of.
As I have already posted in the "Cops" thread - we are not talking about some shady Third World country here.
"You don't learn from experience. You learn from reflecting on the experience."
- Kristen Ulmer