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Mom: SWAT Team Blew Hole In My 2-Year-Old Son

Mom: SWAT Team Blew Hole In My 2-Year-Old Son

Bounkham Phonesavanh Image source: CNN

Two-year-old Bounkham “Bou” Phonesavanh has a hole in his chest because of a botched SWAT team operation, and his mother is speaking up about it, saying the nation needs to reconsider how it uses police force.

“After the SWAT team broke down the door, they threw a flash-bang grenade inside,” Alecia Phonesavanh wrote in a piece for “It landed in my son’s crib.”

Off The Grid News readers may remember Bounkham as the boy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. His family was staying in his aunt’s home in Cornelia, Georgia, when members of the local drug task force broke in. The task force was looking for Bounkham’s cousin, Wanis Thometheva, a suspected methamphetamine dealer.

“My husband’s nephew, the one they were looking for, wasn’t there,” Phonesavanh wrote. “He doesn’t even live in that house. After breaking down the door, throwing my husband to the ground, and screaming at my children, the officers – armed with M16s – filed through the house like they were playing war. They searched for drugs and never found any.”

‘I Could See a Singed Crib’

“I heard my baby wailing and asked one of the officers to let me hold him,” Phonesavanh claims. “He screamed at me to sit down and shut up and blocked my view, so I couldn’t see my son.”

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“I could see a singed crib,” she recounted. “And I could see a pool of blood. The officers yelled at me to calm down and told me my son was fine, that he’d just lost a tooth. It was only hours later when they finally let us drive to the hospital that we found out Bou Bou was in the intensive burn unit and that he’d been placed into a medically induced coma.”

“There’s still a hole in his chest that exposes his ribs,” Phonesavanh wrote of her son’s current condition. “At least that’s what I’ve been told; I’m afraid to look.”

Why Was A Flash Bang Grenade Used?

“Flashbang grenades were created for soldiers to use during battle,” Phonesavanh wrote. “When they explode, the noise is so loud and the flash is so bright that anyone close by is temporarily blinded and deafened. It’s been three weeks since the flashbang exploded next to my sleeping baby, and he’s still covered in burns.”

A flash bang, stun or flash grenade is an explosive device that is designed to stun or blind people by creating a bright flash of light and loud noise when it goes off. Unlike traditional hand grenades, flash bangs are made to incapacitate an enemy without injury.

Flash bang grenades are a military weapon developed in the 1960s for the Special Air Services, or SAS, the British Army’s top commando unit. Even though they are designed to be non-lethal, several deaths have been blamed upon them.

Flash bang grenades can also start fires. In 1980 the Iranian Embassy in London was badly damaged by fires started by flash bang grenades. The grenades were thrown by SAS commandos who were trying to rescue hostages being held in the building by terrorists.

Still in the Hospital

Bou Bou is in Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta, three weeks after the raid that injured him. His parents are now sleeping there. They don’t live in the state; they were visiting from Wisconsin when the raid by the Habersham County Special Response Team occurred. The family was staying with relatives because their own home had burned down.

In other media accounts, Phonesavanh has claimed she and her husband were getting ready to go back home because of Thometheva’s alleged drug use when the raid occurred.

The family is in need of financial support and prayers. Donations can be made at the Justice for Baby Bou Bou website.

The mom wrote:

The only silver lining I can possibly see is that my baby Bou Bou’s story might make us angry enough that we stop accepting brutal SWAT raids as a normal way to fight the “war on drugs.” I know that this has happened to other families, here in Georgia and across the country. I know that SWAT teams are breaking into homes in the middle of the night, more often than not just to serve search warrants in drug cases. I know that too many local cops have stockpiled weapons that were made for soldiers to take to war. 

Federal and state authorities are investigating the raid that injured the toddler. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that US Attorney Sally Yates is investigating to see if the Phonesavanh family’s rights were violated in the raid. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is also investigating to see if the response team violated state law by executing a no-knock raid.

The Phonesavanhs have retained an attorney; Mawuli Mel Davis, who could initiate a lawsuit against authorities in Habersham County and the town of Cornelia. Davis has called the officers involved criminally negligent.

“We believe it is criminally negligent that you come into a home with four children and the person you are looking for isn’t even there, and the people who are there aren’t involved with drugs,” Davis told The Journal Constitution. “I don’t know what kind of surveillance they did but that can’t be the standard.”

Do you support no-knock raids for alleged drug crimes? Tell us in the comments section below. 

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  1. I hope they end up owning the county and the town.

    This “stuff” is beyond ridiculous.

  2. First one needs to know what OUR supreme law has to say about governmental professional law enforcement (police).

    It says absolutely nothing. That is correct our governments- federal and state – are NOT allowed to have any for obvious reasons. So who IS constitutionally supposed to:
    – Enforce the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution,
    – Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which is constitutional laws ONLY),
    – Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
    – “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”?

    Second Amendment:

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed

    The Basics of “Who” (are the Militia):

    All able-bodied Americans plus those lawfully allowed to be here – excluding “public servants” – from age 18 through age 60 are the Militia of the several states. The Militia equals “We the People of the USA” because each state’s Militia is made of its lawful citizens excluding “representatives”, and the state’s can work together as needed for defense and to enforce the US Constitution or each state’s Constitution.

    The people and the Militia existed here in the USA before the states were created. “We the People” are the Militia of the several states. We are the lawful Defenders of Liberty within our nation from both domestic and foreign enemies. We are the lawful enforcer of all laws that are in Pursuance thereof the US Constitution and follows each state’s Constitution. The “People” as the Militia of the several states ARE the LAWFUL defenders of ourselves, our families, property, counties, cities, states, and of our nation.

    Back to governmental professional law enforcement (police), they are legal (lawful) ONLY when they keep the required Oath to support and defend the US Constitution BEFORE anything else, including orders from a president or governor, officer ranked above them, and before the duties of the position they occupy. Law enforcement agents of the state or federal governments (professional governmental LEA’s) did not exist, they were not even contemplated, and they should NOT now exist here in America.

    All modern federal and state law enforcement agencies violates the Framers’, and the peoples, most firmly held conceptions of criminal justice which was written into the Constitution of the united States of America. Governmental professional police were unknown to the United States until close to a half-century AFTER the Constitution’s ratification. Law enforcement under our legitimate government was a duty of every citizen, not the duties of professional governmental law enforcement which is the direct opposite of a limited government. It was set up this way to protect the peoples liberty and natural rights, and to hold those who serve within the governments accountable to the people by the people.

    As Dr Edwin Vieira states in his book “Constitutional “Homeland Security” Volume 1: the Nation in Arms” so well: “That means “that NONE of those tasks are assigned to the Army, to a Navy, to a (constitutionally unknown) National Guard, or least of all to any unnamed professional police, security, or intelligence agencies of the General Government or of any state or locality. Rather, the Constitution’s explicit emphasis on the Militia as the preeminent forces by politicians of a garrison, “national-security”, or police state…
    So those bound by Oath who “knowingly, with willful blindness, or in reckless disregard of the consequences of his/her action” votes for an unconstitutional act, bill, etc; when a “President or state governor refuses to veto it and instead executes it; or when a Judge, either of the supreme and inferior courts of the general government, or of any state knowingly declares such a statute valid and enforceable – each and every one of them violates his oath of office….” (end quote)

    Take Murder or injuries committed by those in SWAT teams enforcing unlawful acts – those reps that allow it to continue – each and every one of them committed First Degree Murder – up to and including the Chief of Police, state representatives, governor; or if it is a federal “color of law” being enforced then federal legislative, judicial and the executive branch representatives– all of which could have vetoed or acted against that unlawful act are guilty of those very crimes. Every person involved in even the smallest way is guilty of that crime.

    The ONLY type of “law enforcement” the framers considered was safest for the freedom of the people, and to enforce our constitution’s was each state’s militia and that is what they put into the USA Constitution. The duty of mostly private citizens (and sheriffs and deputies) was as the state’s militia. The Militia’s existence deters crime in and of itself. Knowing that each home has at least one person armed and trained living within stops a lot of crime before it is committed. The Militia’s keep those within the state and federal governments honest – or more so – because they know that they are held accountable for the constitutions, their oath and actions while serving, employed by, and / or contracted by them. The US Constitution contains NO other provisions for criminal and civil law enforcement, enforcement of the state and federal constitutions, protecting each state’s borders where needed, and defending the nation when attacked except for the Militia. It assigns those duties to the people themselves because of those benefits listed above, plus the Militia alone keeps us free.

    The US Constitution flat out says that law enforcement was, and still is a universal duty that each person owed to the community and the nation as the Militia of the several states, rather than a power of the governmental agency. It states it here in the US Constitution, Article I, Section. 8, Clause 11:

    “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water”.

    The congress has the duty to grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal when they are needed to enforce the US Constitution, the laws, or defend the people and the nation. This is using private citizens in their own privately owned crafts to defend the USA and her people, this is using the Militia.
    And again here in Clause 15:

    “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasions.

    This clause is very straightforward. The militia of each state is taxed with the defense of the USA and her people, not just with the defense of their state; and they are to be armed with weapons that can repel any invasions bearing modern weapons of war, those weapons needed to do those duties. Notice that it does NOT say that those weapons are to go to any FOREIGN terrorist group or to any state law enforcement agency for whatever reason they may give that they “need” them.

    Clause 16 the congress is required to provide those military grade weapons for the militias. It makes it extremely clear that the ARMING OF THE MILITIA OF EACH STATE within the USA is a duty assigned to the congress that they are REQUIRED to carry out instead of giving those military arms to terrorists and state law enforcement agencies. Congress is required to provide those military grade weapons for the militias in Clause 16:

    “To provide for organizing, ARMING, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

    Constitutions here in the USA addressed law enforcement from the standpoint of individual liberties and placed written barriers upon our governments. At the time of the US Constitution’s ratification, the office of sheriff was an appointed position, and when assistance was needed it was either elected or drafted from the community to serve as the Militia. Who are the Militia? All able-bodied citizens or those legally allowed to be here between the ages of 16 – 60.

    Professional police as we know them today originated in American cities during the second quarter of the nineteenth century, when municipal governments drafted citizens to maintain order. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, police forces took on the role of crime-fighting. The goal of maintaining public order became secondary to chasing lawbreakers. The police cultivated a perception that they were public heroes who “fought crime” in the general, rather than individual sense.

    This “new” role followed the law enforcement model developed in England. Our country had cut its ties with England to develop our own form of government with LESS governmental involvement in the affairs of the people. The “new” law enforcement was incorporating MORE government into the affairs of the people against the US Constitution as is done in England.

    The 1920s saw the rise of law enforcements new concepts developed and spread by J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI came to to be a perfect example of “police”. They represented how to expand the police profession in its sleuth and intelligence-gathering role. FBI agents infiltrated mobster organizations, intercepted communications between suspected criminals, and gathered intelligence for both law enforcement and political purposes.

    This very new view of police as” soldiers combating against crime”quickly became very popular law enforcement agencies of both the feds and the states. The FBI lassisted local police to develop integrated repositories of fingerprint, criminal, and fraudulent check records. The FBI took over the gathering of crime statistics (which used to be gathered by private associations). Then the idea of governmental professional law enforcement as a “thin blue line,” that “serves and protects” civilized society from lawlessness was pushed to change the way individuals saw their own duty as the Militia versus a professional governmental law enforcement.

    “How ‘secure’ do our homes remain if police, armed with no warrant, can pound on doors at will and … forcibly enter?” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    The treatment of law enforcement in the courts shows that the law itself of crime control has hugely changed. Under the common law, there was no difference whatsoever between the privileges, immunities, and powers of constables and those of private citizens. Professional governmental law enforcement were literally and figuratively clothed in the same garments as everyone else and faced the same liabilities — civil and criminal — as everyone else under identical circumstances.

    When the USA started delegating their constitutionally required law enforcement duties to the professional governmental law enforcement, the laws were then relaxed to allow police to execute warrantless felony arrests upon information received from 3rd parties. Sincee the information received could not be confirmed, the Professional governmental law enforcement could no longer be required to be “right” all of the time, so the rule of strict liability for false arrest was lost.

    This has had the effect of depriving Americans of the certainty of guilt when warrantless arrests are committed against the populace. Plus judges now consider only if there was “reasonable grounds” to suspect an person, rather than “actual guilt” in committing a crime by those doing the (illegal here) warrantless and no knocks on peoples homes. This, combined with greater deference to the “state” in most law enforcement matters has reversed and gone against the supreme law of our land that they all are sworn to support and defend. It has reversed the original intent and purpose of American law enforcement that the state act against stern limitations and at its own peril, Americans now have fewer assurances that they are free from unreasonable arrests, and no way to recover the damages caused from false arrests under the “color of law” being perpetuated on the people.

    The differences between the “privileges” of citizens and professional governmental law enforcement have grown rapidly wider in the twentieth century. State and federal lawmakers now give them expansive immunities from firearm laws, plus from laws regulating the use of equipment (scanners, body armor, and infrared scopes) while trying to tighten up and do away with those natural rights belonging to US citizens and those lawfully allowed to be here.

    Legislatures also exempted professional governmental law enforcement from day to day expenses and annoyances such as toll road charges, auto registration, and even exempted police from fireworks regulations, and giving them confidential telephone numbers; some even practice “professional courtesy” – exempting off duty police from things as speed limits, etc. Police are also protected by other statutory immunities and protections that the common person here no longer has such as mandatory death sentences for defendants who murder them, etc.

    Officers who illegally eavesdrop, wiretap, or intrude upon privacy are now protected by a statutory (as well as case law) “good faith” defense. Private citizens who do so face up to five years in prison. The tendency of legislatures to equip police with ever-expanding rights, privileges and powers has, if anything, been strengthened rather than limited by the courts as the US Constitution requires of the judges within the courts – state and federal.

    This growing power differential goes agaisnt the principles of equal citizenship that is the bedrock of this nation. The great principle of the American Revolution was, after all, the doctrine of limited government. Advocates of the Bill of Rights saw the chief danger of government as the inherently aristocratic and disparate power of government authority, so wrote in immunities (natural rights) of the people from those in government overreaching themselves against the people. Constitutions – state and federal – specify the principle that all men are “equally free” and that all government is derived from the people.

    The has had the effect of depriving Americans of certainty in the executions of warrantless arrests. For instance judges now consider only the question of whether there was “reasonable grounds” to suspect a person rather than whether then the guilt of the person of any crime. This loss, when combined with greater deference to the state in most law enforcement matters, has reversed the original intent and purpose of American law enforcement that the state act against stern limitations at its own peril. Because arrest has become the near exclusive province of professional police instead of Militia’s Americans have fewer assurances that they are free from unreasonable arrests.

    The modern disparity between the rights and powers of police and citizen shows up most in the modern law of “resisting arrest”. Before any citizen was privileged to resist arrest if probable cause for arrest did not exist or the arresting person could not produce a valid arrest warrant where one was needed as individual liberty is the bedrock of our constitutional republic. It wasn’t that long ago that the United States Supreme Court held that it was permissible (or defensible) to shoot an officer who displays a gun with intent to commit a warrantless arrest based on insufficient cause. Officers who executed an arrest without proper warrant were themselves considered trespassers, and the owners had a right to violently resist (or even assault and batter) an officer to evade such an unlawful arrest.

    Well into the twentieth century, violent resistance was considered a lawful remedy for Fourth Amendment violations. Even any third-party person who voluntarily assisted were lawfully able to forcibly liberate wrongly arrested persons from unlawful custody.

    By the 1980s many states had eliminated the common law right of resistance for the people in order to make it easier for professional governmental law enforcement to do the work of the state, plus criminalized the resisting arrest or anything else by the populace of any “officer” acting in his official capacity. Then they eliminated the requirement that an arresting officer present his warrant at the scene, PLUS drastically decreased the number and types of arrests for which a warrant is required. Basically destroying the basis of our legitimate government, and the level of protection given to us b, and put into place by the Framers into the US Constitution and state Constitutions.

    The right to resist unlawful arrest IS a constitutional one. It stems from the right of every person to his bodily integrity and liberty of movement,which are among the most fundamental of all natural rights. Substantive due process principles require that the government interfere with such a right ONLY to further a compelling state interest — and the power to arrest the citizenry unlawfully can hardly be characterized as a compelling state interest. The advent of governmental professional policing has endangered important rights, lives, and property of the American people. This” changing balance of power” between police and private citizens now revels itself by the unlawful power of modern police to easily use violence against the population, and to use unlawful arrest techniques with no consequences.

  3. Cops are nothing but street thugs and as with all street thugs they are cowards.

  4. Rogue

    It takes more than one term of presidency and more than just one or two presidents for the degradation of America to occur. So long as people continue buying into the myth of political parties, nothing will change. Believing in any party over another is about as fruitful as racism.

  5. The home invasions by specialized police teams are a planned attack against all citizens to see if the public will take it. This was not accidental. They planned it that way. The government is getting ready to lock this country down under martial law. Then arrests will start against any objectors. They will go from house to house robbing you of your guns and anything else they want. What can you do about it. They will continue to push and take away our rights unless we push back as a nation. They know Americans will most generally not push back. If they do, temporarily, they soon forget and go back to watching the ballgame. Government agencies know that and that is why they are so brazen. You don’t see apathy in citizens in Europe. They storm the streets (like we used to in the 1960’s) It’s the US that has fallen victim to mental, emotional, and spiritual decay. Don’t know what to do? Donate to citizen groups that will fight for you. They are willing to fight for you if you are willing to finance them, like Liberty Counsel – a Christian legal group that fights for our constitutional rights all the time. You don’t think you have any power to fight back? Money talks in this country.

  6. Great that makes me feel better cops are investigating cops. People we need to stand up and say enough is enough. These hillbilly punk cops should be criminally charged which every citizen has the right to do and they need to go in front of a jury to be tried. That is the only fair way and Constitutionally way to do it. No more cops investigating cops that’s insane. These cops will certainly get off on all charges guarantee it. Just watch. It is amazing the chief has not been fired yet. He’s a frickin moron have you seen him?

  7. This needs to stop too many children are being hurt

  8. It’s unfortunate that the officers showed 0 sympathy or pity towards what happened. All they did was defend their actions, never taking into account that they just ruined a family forever.
    “Double careful next time?!?” Not sure what that means. Things like this shouldn’t happen in the first place. Good to know this is what our taxes are doing for us.
    This also happens to be just one case that has made it to the media. I’m sure there are many situations like this but they are never publicized rather kept quiet due to fear of law enforcement.

  9. A very one sided ‘report’ with little information about the actual incident online. Lots of inaccuracies also. Flashbangs used today were NOT developed by the military. They were developed by civilians for police officers in this type of function to use to get an upper hand (non-lethal disorientation) on anyone inside a room that may be laying in wait for them. As it is, I’m a cop, and I assure you that I’m no thug and certainly not a coward. Nor do I know any co-workers that wouldn’t be sympathetic to an accident happening like this. Usually police officers have a special place in their hearts for all children. I’d like to see the other side of this and see the information gathered to justify the warrant. I’m sure its probably not the first run-in with law enforcement the young man in question has had. I assure you, the police don’t go into a potential dangerous situation without taking measures to protect themselves. That’s just the way it is.

  10. It is ironic that the police forces that are there to uphold civility and law break both ideals on a daily basis across the nation.

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