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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Remember cute little toddler, Bounkham Phonesavah, who was burned and put in a coma after a SWAT Drug Raid by police in Habersham County, Georgia? Here's a reminder if you don't recall the story:

A family says a SWAT team raided their home in the middle of the night and seriously injured a 19-month-old boy with a stun grenade.
Alecia Phonesavanh told Channel 2's Ryan Young her child is at the Grady Memorial Hospital burn unit and is in a medically induced coma. [...]

"Everyone's sleeping. There's a loud bang and a bright light," Phonesavanh said. "The cops threw that grenade in the door without looking first, and it landed right in the playpen and exploded on his pillow right in his face."

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At the time, the police chief, Rick Darby, made a bunch of excuses for what happened, though he did say his SWAT team members were "very broken up about the incident." Well, apparently that sympathy for the family and their wrongfully wounded baby boy has its limits, at least as far as the Halbersham County officials are concerned. Though the family has no means to pay for the medical expenses of their child's stay at two separate hospitals, the county is holding firm and defending their decision not to "make things right" for this innocent child who suffered so grievously from the actions of their militarized police force which could have easily arrested the alleged drug dealer without the necessity of what amounts to a military attack on US citizens.

But hey, at least the police chief has promised they will do better the next time his SWAT guys blast their way into a private residence seeking to arrest - well whomever. "You're trying to minimize anything that could go wrong and in this case the greatest thing went wrong," [Chief] Darby said. "Is it going to make us be more careful in the next one? Yes ma'am, it is. It's gonna make us double question." What a comfort that must be to the Phonesavah family as they struggle to pay for the life long harm their child has incurred, and the trauma they suffered.

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Looks like another victim is forced to take the taxpayers to the cleaners via the legal system because their police can't do the right thing.

#1 | Posted by Sully at 2014-08-20 02:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

What a pain in the ass.

They live in Wisconsin, so for every deposition, motion and appearance they will have to travel to GA.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2014-08-20 03:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

yeah...I would sue and demand a jury. no settlement. my case would be a dozen poster sized photos of that poor kid.

#3 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-20 03:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not surprising at all, Halbersham County's government officials are very conservative.

#4 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-08-20 04:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

In the eyes of the stupid hicks in Georgia the kid's name "Bounkham Phonesavah" is enough to deny payment. A name, that's almost as un-american sounding, as Barack HUSSEIN Obama, in their warped little conservative minds.

#5 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-08-20 04:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

Can't they see they are liable. Pay cost now with a smile or pay later with jury trial and punitive.

Not smart.

#6 | Posted by fresno500 at 2014-08-20 11:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

The county's refusal to pay probably has more to do with their legal immunity status than anything else.

#7 | Posted by SLBronkowitz at 2014-08-21 08:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

Halbersham County's government officials are very conservative.

...except when raiding the wrong house.

#8 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-21 12:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

If you live in the same city, town, village, state, or country as a suspected drug dealer, then you should be prepared to be assumed to be one too. The police HAVE to protect their own after all.

Remember Hill Street Blues: Let's do it to them before they do it to us.

#9 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 12:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ditto for what Sully said in #1. Cops made a horrific mistake and now the local government or their insurance company should pay dearly.

#10 | Posted by AKat at 2014-08-22 01:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

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