Armed and dangerous cronies of the War on Drugs are now blowing up the youth of America. Earlier last week, a 19-month-old toddler in Atlanta, Georgia suffered life-threatening injuries after a stun grenade thrown by a SWAT team officer landed in his crib and exploded in his face.
“He is in a medically induced coma and he is paralyzed,” the boy’s mother, Alecia Phonesavanh told WSB-TV. “Our kids have been through enough this year. This is just more trauma that they didn’t need, and I just wish there was something better I could do to make it better for him. Wrong place, wrong time. There’s nothing I can do about it.”
The whole heartbreaking story begins when the Phonesavanh family was forced to move from their native land of Wisconsin to live with relatives in Atlanta after their home was destroyed in recent a fire. However, while the family was adjusting to their newfound living arrangement, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Department was making plans to swoop in by the still of the night and unleash a savage-dose of hell.
One day last week, at around three o’clock in the morning, a fully armed SWAT team showed up on the front lawn ready to serve a no-knock raid order on the home belonging to Phonesavanh’s sister-in-law, Wanis Thometheva, who police suspected was dealing illegal drugs. Yet, without question or regard to who else was inside, a “trained” officer tossed a flash-bang grenade through the door and into the toddler’s crib.
“Everyone’s sleeping. There’s a loud bang and a bright light,” said Phonesavanh. “The cops threw that grenade in the door without looking first, and it landed right in the playpen and exploded on his pillow right in his face.”
In the end, the toddler, Bounkham Phonesavanh, was rushed to the Grady Memorial Hospital burn unit where he was last reported as having a 50/50 chance of survival. “There’s nothing we can do to change the situation, my husband and I would gladly both give up our lives just to see him not like this. He’s such a happy little boy, and to see him like this laying there, not moving, it’s heartbreaking. We just want to hold him and we can’t,” said Phonesavanh.
In the meantime, while an innocent youngster clings to life, Habersham County, Georgia, Sheriff Joey Terrell is busy making excuses for his department’s careless and violent actions, saying there was no way for his team to know there were children inside the house. “It’s an accident that we would have avoided if we’d just had any inclination that there had a been a child in that house,” he said. “We had no idea.”
However, the Phonesavanh’s attorney, Mawuli Mel Davis told ABC News that even the most basic surveillance would have indicated to officers that the family just didn’t show up overnight. “They had been in this home for about two months,” he said. “This is a stay-at-home dad who was out in front of the home, playing with the children on a daily basis. Any surveillance that was done would have revealed there was a father with four children who played in that driveway.”
Yet, Sheriff Terrell does not believe he or any member of his brainwashed drug taskforce is to blame for deforming and nearly killing this small child, but insists the responsibility be placed on the drug dealers his force is committed to removing from the city streets. “They are no better than a domestic terrorist, because they don’t care about families – they didn’t care about the family, the children living in that household – to be selling dope out of it…All they care about is making money,” he said.
Although this raid was the product of a methamphetamine investigation, no-knock raid orders are issued every day in the United States for cases involving marijuana, which is currently legal for recreational use in Colorado and Washington. It is apparent from this latest scourge on the American populous that the War on Drugs is not only a failed concept, but one that continues to reek havoc on young victims, like Bounkham Phonesavanh, who the government claims it is trying to protect. To use the word “tragic” to describe such a vulgar display of power would be an understatment of the truth.
Below, watch a heart-wrenching video of Alecia Phonesavanh talking with reporters about her son and how helpless she feels:
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