Habersham County, GA– In May of last year, Bounkham “Baby Bou Bou” Phonesavanh, 19-months-old, was asleep in his crib. At 3:00 am militarized police barged into his family’s home because an informant had purchased $50 worth of meth from someone who once lived there. During the raid, a flash-bang grenade was thrown into the sleeping baby’s crib, exploding in his face.
Beyond the disfiguring wounds on the toddler’s face, the grenade also left a gash in his chest. As a result, Bou lost the ability to breathe on his own and was left in a medically induced coma for days after the incident. Bou was not able to go home from the hospital until July.
No officers were charged for their near-deadly negligence, and the department claimed that they did not know that there were children in the home. They defended their reckless actions by saying that they couldn’t have done a thorough investigation prior to the raid because it “would have risked revealing that the officers were watching the house.”
Now, a nearly $1 million dollar settlement has been reached between the family and the county. One of the terms of the settlement is that the family may not sue individuals involved in maiming their son. Instead of coming from the wallets of the negligent officers, it will come strictly from the taxpayers.
FK – The shysters involved in these ‘settlements’ should be paying out of pocket for the difference. The insane ‘war on drugs’ and ‘war on terror’ must end and real safeguards installed for the use of these SWAT Nazis. We must gain control of how these Jr. Nazs are educated/indoctrinated. They must learn to put the Bill of Rights first.
But I fear we will be forced to do what will be required before that happens. Our governments and ‘just-us’ systems are just too far gone.
FK – Maybe they managed to do something right:
FK – The SCOTUS is NOT the final arbiter of our rights. WE ARE!