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Article posted Aug 19 2014, 1:56 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: RT Print

County Officials Refuse To Pay Medical Bills For Toddler Burned by SWAT Grenade

by RT

Officials in Georgia’s Habersham County are refusing to pay for the mounting medical expenses of a toddler seriously injured by a flash grenade after a failed SWAT team raid earlier this year.

Bounkham 'Bou Bou' Phonesavanh was just 19 months old when a Habersham SWAT team initiated a no-knock warrant at his family’s home at around 3 a.m. on May 28. Bou Bou was asleep in his crib at the time, surrounded by his family and three sisters. The toddler was severely injured when SWAT team officers broke through the house’s door and threw a flashbang grenade that ultimately landed in the Bou Bou’s crib.

When the stun grenade went off, it caused severe burns on the child and opened a gash in his chest. As a result, Bou Bou lost the ability to breathe on his own and was left in a medically induced coma for days after the incident. His extensive recovery necessitated stays in two hospitals before he finally went home in July.

Now, Habersham County officials are sticking by their decision to ignore the family’s plight, the family’s attorney, Muwali Davis, told WSB-TV.

Habersham County’s attorney responded with a statement saying that the Board of County Commissioners will not pay given it is supposedly illegal to do so.

"The question before the board was whether it is legally permitted to pay these expenses. After consideration of this question following advice of counsel, the board of commissioners has concluded that it would be in violation of the law for it to do so."

The family now says an independent investigation showed law enforcement used suspect information to attain a search warrant.

As RT reported previously, the SWAT conducted the raid as part of an effort to apprehend Wanis Thometheva, believed to be selling methamphetamine. Police said that their records indicated the suspect could be armed, and that a confidential informant had successfully purchased drugs from him earlier in the day. At the time of the raid, however, Thometheva was not at the home, and was eventually arrested elsewhere.

Additionally, an unnamed public official told the Washington Post that the reported drug deal was worth only $50.

Habersham County's sheriff previously said the confidential informant who bought drugs at the home told police that he did not believe any children lived at the house.

Bou Bou’s mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, said that was unlikely if they had valid information on their suspect.

“If they had an informant in that house, they knew there were kids,” Phonesavanh told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the incident. “They say there were no toys. There is plenty of stuff. Their shoes were laying all over.”

In June, the family called for a federal investigation into the conduct of the SWAT team.

The Phonesavanh family said it was not involved with drugs at all, and was only staying with Thometheva, the homeowner’s son, because their Wisconsin home was damaged in a fire. They moved back to Wisconsin once Bou Bou’s health improved. Supporters have planned a fundraiser this month for the family.

An official investigation into the incident is ongoing, according to WSB-TV.

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Posted: Aug 19 2014, 7:07 AM

99170 Of course not, they have never for one moment admitted responsibility and they never will. Its always someone else's fault. Just like men who beat their wives, its "see what you made me do"

Posted: Aug 19 2014, 11:32 AM

As I understand, they would admit responsibility, but they found that the law does not allow them to do it. Which quite possibly means that if they pay, they would be sued, and we don't even know by whom, maybe by the parents, or maybe by different people who would then demand to be paid as well. Without knowing the specific legal justification, it does not make much sense to argue whether it's right or wrong.

Posted: Aug 19 2014, 2:16 PM

68107 legal and illegal,right and wrong all have different meanings.

Posted: Aug 19 2014, 3:10 PM

10457 Police should have pulled their own surveillance before the raid to ensure there were no children in the home this is harm and injury and as a man they parents guardians have a constitutional right to go after retribution in a common law court and hold people responsible, The county lawyer D. A. the senators all should be getting in this but republicans and democrats turn their heads and have bad habits looking the other way when it comes to our children all these people seem to do is look for their pockets.

Your welcome Pops.

Posted: Aug 20 2014, 6:03 PM

65130 There is never any accountability, only ass-covering.

Posted: Aug 20 2014, 6:04 PM

65130 Being part of government means never having to say your sorry.
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