The tragic story of Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh is one that tugs at the heartstrings of parents everywhere. Over a year ago “Baby Bou Bou” was severely burned during a no-knock police raid when officers tossed a flash bang grenade through a window that landed in his crib.
The police officers were looking for a relative of Bou Bou, Wanis Thonetheva, who was suspected of selling drugs. Thonetheva wasn’t even home at the time of the raid, but was later arrested and charged with distribution of methamphetamine.
I can’t even imagine the pain this family has gone through over the past year as their baby was placed in a medically induced coma to heal severe burns and a hole in his chest that exposed his rib cage.
If watching a small child suffering wasn’t bad enough, the county where this occurred refused to pay the medical bills of Bou Bou. Habersham County’s attorney claimed that the board of commissioners concluded that it would be in violation of the law for the county to pay.
And it gets even worse. In October of last year a grand jury declined to indict any of the officers who participated in the SWAT raid.
I’m sure this family had to feel like the world was against them. It has to be a helpless feeling to watch your world fall apart as those who are responsible for the damage evade justice. The mother of Bou Bou didn’t take the abuse lying down. She courageously wrote an article, which told the tragic story of the SWAT raid that changed her baby’s life forever and called for restraints to be placed on SWAT raids.
After waiting for what must have felt like an eternity, it appears there will finally be some justice served in this case.
A former Habersham County deputy sheriff was indicted by the feds for making false statements to a judge last year in regards to the SWAT raid that injured Bou Bou.
In May 2014, Nikki Autry and a team of special agents and informants from the local Narcotics Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team were “attempting undercover narcotics buys.” Autry presented an affidavit to a magistrate judge falsely swearing that a “true and reliable informant” had bought a small amount of methamphetamine at a residence.
Based on the erroneous information she presented, which also included claims of “heavy traffic in and out of the residence,” the judge issued Autry a “no knock” search warrant.
When a SWAT team executing that warrant found the front door blocked, one of the officers tossed a flash-bang grenade inside the residence. Once inside the home, the SWAT team realized a portable playpen had been blocking the door, and the flash-bang grenade had landed where a 19-month-old was sleeping, eventually exploding on the child’s pillow.
The toddler spent weeks in a burn unit in a medically induced coma.
After the 2014 incident, Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said that had his officers known there were children inside the home, they would have conducted the raid differently.
The wheels of justice turned painfully slow in this case, but it looks promising that at least one person partially responsible for this tragedy will have their day in court.
However, this does little to address the root cause of this tragedy and as a result will do nothing to prevent similar catastrophes from occurring in the future.
When I first saw this story my immediate reaction was to chalk Bou Bou up as another casualty to the War on Drugs. Without a War on Drugs the police would not have had a reason to execute a SWAT raid on the house. While this is an accurate assumption, it fails to recognize the source of the problem: the immorality of SWAT raids as a tactic used by police forces.
SWAT raids are an abusive tactic by definition. No-knock raids are the equivalent of property destruction and a violation of individual rights every single time they are utilized. There is no justification for using a no-knock raid.
If you believe there can be justification for a no-knock raid, then you must believe that there is a rational way to apply an aggressive assault on someone who has neither neither been tried nor convicted of anything. This is a barbaric belief that needs to be challenged by rational individuals in a civilized society.
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