Parents Report On The Child The SWAT Team Blew Up With A Grenade

Three weeks back I posted about a Georgia SWAT team, making another no knock entry, that threw a flash bang grenade in a two year old’s crib. Salon has an article by the child’s mother expanding on the press report.

Briefly quoting Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh’s simply told story on the incident:

They searched for drugs and never found any.

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

Of course, all this is SOP with many departments. The “perp,” often an innocent housewife with children, may flush a ton of coke or meth down the commode if they do not break the door in. There are excuses, excuses, excuses.

The reality is that a perp might flush a few rocks, or a few roaches. But if the SWAT laddies breaks in on a Cory Maye, someone who invokes the Castle Doctrine against unlawful, warrantless, entry, police officers wives are likely to wind up widows.

If the man of the house does not resist, he is likely to wind up with more holes than a colander.

And if they attack the lady of the house, they are also very likely to kill or injure her children.

Back when, the officer tasked with serving a warrant would arrive at a reasonable hour for a social visit, knock on the door, and when someone answered, go through the process of serving a warrant and searching the house. No excitement, no one hurt, and no video suitable for the 6:00 AM news.

Regular Alley readers know I deplore the paramilitarization of the police. All too often these no-knock searches are no more than wild goose chases, entered into with bad information, and carried out with a bad heart.

One of those no knock fiasco’s led to a two year old in critical condition with a hole in his chest. Another led to a hard working miner being shot 71 times. The third, of the few I mentioned, wound up with the death of an officer, and a second officer seriously wounded. And all of that could have been averted had the respective departments had reasonable limits on breaking and entering without a warrant.

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4 Responses to Parents Report On The Child The SWAT Team Blew Up With A Grenade

  1. Lee Cruse says:

    A big problem and getting bigger. I wonder how much of this is caused by the big political push from groups like MDA/Everytown. It seems that only gun owners are feel like they are at risk but police and non-gun owners also seem to be “on edge”. We have made everyone think that the normal is to expect to be “shot at”. In fact, we are safer now than a few years ago.
    I strongly support the police, however, the use of force by police has to be under the same rules as any citizen and these abuses have to stop. Should police/government become the enemy we have a really big problem.

  2. Stranger says:

    The problem is not really with the police, who are generally good folks doing the best they can with a tough and often poorly paid job.

    The problem is with politically ambitions mayors who have better things to do with available funds than to pay police, and provide enough equipment to do the job – and then blame the police they do not have. And who appoint chiefs/commissioners who will go along with the verdampt pols, and tolerate almost any sort of misconduct from the rotten apples they tolerate in the men under their command.

    I have known a few Chiefs whose men would be ready to fight at any hint the Chief might be replaced. But for the most part, society’s point men hate the ground their chief walks on. For very good reasons.

    And yes, if the people lose confidence in the police, as most Americans already have, we are all in danger.

    S

  3. Firehand says:

    Let’s see, we’ve got
    Officers who damn well knew they weren’t trained for either the flash-bang or wearing ninja-suits and kicking doors,
    Said officers and their supervisors who faked records, and
    State agencies making quickie “Of course you did everything right! Don’t worry, we’ll take care of you” instead of, y’know, actually INVESTIGATING.

    That’s not just a mayor and/or chief; that’s a whole string of people in the wrong.

  4. Stranger says:

    True. But the two people who will bear primary responsibility are the mayor and the chief. The former for allowing the latter to use a crew of semi-trained (charitably) rabble to invade homes when there was no need of it. Or of anything beyond a knock on the door and “I have a warrant to search these premises; than you ma’am.”

    Unfortunately, the people who will pay will be the taxpayers who were unwise enough to put that mayor in office.

    S

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