Investigation Reveals Rampant Use Of Flashbang Grenades By Police (“An investigation by ProPublica reports that says some police use flashbang grenades routinely with little training. NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with reporter Julia Angwin about how and why this is happening.”)
Flash grenades are supposed to be for hostage situations
RATH: And that is the bang part of a flash-bang. It’s a type of hand grenade used by the police and the military, but instead of shooting out deadly shrapnel, like a standard grenade, most of the flash-bang’s explosive energy creates a blinding flash and a deafening boom.
JULIA ANGWIN: They were designed for hostage rescues because the idea is that in hostage rescue you want something that won’t harm the hostages but will stun the hostage takers.