The Pensacola Police Department has launched a full-scale investigation after two Black parents accused SWAT officers of physically harming their young son.
24-year-old Corey Marioneaux Jr. told local news station WearTV that he was at home asleep with his two young children, ages 1 and 3 when Pensacola SWAT officers rammed into his door. Officers were attempting to execute a search warrant, but Marioneaux Jr. had no clue that authorities were on the other side of the door. Shaken up and fearful, the father of two said he shot at the door out of self-defense, under the assumption that the police were intruders. He is a licensed gun owner, reports say. One SWAT officer was struck in the shield with a bullet during the raid. The incident happened at 5 a.m. on Feb. 3.
PPD also confirmed what Marioneaux’s family told us.
An investigator put the man’s kids in the back of a patrol car and briefly left the vehicle. When he reopened the door, the child was leaning on it and fell out.
Police say EMS checked him out and released kids to the family. pic.twitter.com/uloXlOV34Y
— Olivia Iverson (@OliviaIversonTV) February 7, 2022
Shortly after the violent warrant search, police took Marioneaux Jr.’s children into custody and arrested him.
Moiya Dixon, the mother of the children, told the outlet that she was shocked to hear the news of Marioneaux Jr.’s arrest when a family member called to notify her, but she grew even more furious after learning her 1-year-old had been injured during the rowdy incident.
“I get out my car like, ‘Where’s my baby? Where’s my baby?’” Dixon recalled of the scary moment. “And I get my baby and I see his face — and it’s almost unrecognizable compared to how he looked when I left him last.”
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SOURCE: Black America Web, Shannon Dawson