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Calif. police settle 'flash-bang' grenade lawsuit

The woman says police used an 'extreme level of force' when they lobbed the grenade into her house, resulting in burns on 11 percent of her body

By Henry K. Lee
The San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who suffered third-degree burns when a "flash-bang" grenade thrown by a police officer on the city's SWAT team exploded near her during a raid.

Nicole White suffered burns over 11 percent of her body and was permanently disfigured as a result of the incident, which happened during a search of the home she was visiting on Douglas Avenue in East Oakland on Oct. 31, 2008.

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