A 2-year-old boy was burned by a police smoke bomb in a terrifying “no knock” raid at the wrong home, his family claims in court.
The boy’s parents, Jose and Paulina Salinas, sued the City of Oxnard and its Police Department in Superior Court on Monday.
The parents and their three minor children seek damages for assault, battery, trespass, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress.
Jason Benites, assistant chief with the Oxnard Police Department, told Courthouse News in an email that the department could not comment on pending litigation.
However, he sent a press release from April, which reported that a 2-year-old boy had been injured during a “multi-location search warrant operation” conducted by several agencies to combat gang activity.