19-month old Bounkham Phonesavanh of NE Georgia has been seriously wounded after the local SWAT team detonated a grenade in his playpen. Authorized with a "no-knock warrant", the team batter-ram opened the front door of the home, and then threw the flash grenade inside before entering. The explosive landed in the baby's bed, and now this child is undergoing treatment for severe burns and compromised lungs. Is there any justifiable reason for law enforcement agents to ever act this aggressively and without regard to the safety of innocent children when pursuing a suspect?
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Agreed. And I feel every time we make an excuse for them, it reinforces the idea that as long as a criminal (or just a suspected criminal) was somehow involved, they don't have to be held accountable for their own rash actions.
Great points, Jan. The parents may be responsible for allowing a drug dealer into their home, but I just can't understand the logic behind such aggressive & thoughtless pursuit.
Maybe they should charge the drug dealer Wanis Thometheva with endangering the family and the child in particular. He moved people into his house after he had been selling methamphetamine from there.
You are so right, peeples!
I agree silverspeeder, but by what I have heard he will be charged with something related to child endangerment. My question is whether the police officer in charge will have any consequences.
Silverspeeder, good point. But still, his lack of judgment has little bearing on the lack of judgment from the officers.
John, observant points. And I think you nailed it on the head.
fpherj48, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and that info. As much as I detest meth users, I just don't see how harming any child can solve a single drug problem in any neighborhood. And yes, as a mom & grandmommy, this story appalls me
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Yes, it is a miracle he's alive. And the SWAT members were looking for a suspected drug dealer http://www.boston.com/news/nation/2014/05/30/toddl...
That URL could not be found so I looked on Google and I found Ch. 2 story saying it was 2AM and there was no sign of child inside except for vehicle outside with stickers, toys, car seats, etc. The family just lost house to fire in other state...
Kevin, I'm glad you were able to locate it. Yeah, that family has sure been through a lot. So sad!
The sheriff was defending the cops but they did not find the culprit in the house - and the car showed children inside.
Good lord. Some people should just not be in law enforcement at all!
Under the law even criminals have the right to due process of law when accused of crimes. Instead of a last resort, police often go in unecessarily with guns blazing. Also, you would be very naive to always believe the "official story."
That's fine so show me where this car that showed children present came from. I read more than one account and could find nothing of the kind mentioned. I might add, in this day and age, you would be naive to believe everything someone claims.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/05/baby... The part about identifying there were children there is a good ways through this article.
Like I said - the only comment about any visible evidence of children comes from who else? One of the parents. Gee you think they could have any motive to lie? You can't believe everything you read.
I live near this area and multiple neighbors are coming forward on facebook stating the exact thing. I agree you can't believe everyone. That includes the police who's informant was another druggie.
Agreed. I know cops I wouldn't trust to guard my penny. But I don't know a single criminal nor anyone who harbors one I'd trust.