A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son

Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh - The Phonesavanh Family

After our house burned down in Wisconsin a few months ago, my husband and I packed our four young kids and all our belongings into a gold minivan and drove to my sister-in-law’s place, just outside of Atlanta. On the back windshield, we pasted six stick figures: a dad, a mom, three young girls, and one baby boy.

That minivan was sitting in the front driveway of my sister-in-law’s place the night a SWAT team broke in, looking for a small amount of drugs they thought my husband’s nephew had. Some of my kids’ toys were in the front yard, but the officers claimed they had no way of knowing children might be present. Our whole family was sleeping in the same room, one bed for us, one for the girls, and a crib.

After the SWAT team broke down the door, they threw a flashbang grenade inside. It landed in my son’s crib.

Flashbang grenades were created for soldiers to use during battle. 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.

There’s still a hole in his chest that exposes his ribs. At least that’s what I’ve been told; I’m afraid to look.

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4 thoughts on “A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son”

  1. WE have a bunch of laws that are basically unconstitutional. They were prohibition type laws meant to curb the drugs on the streets. They were put together by a bunch of people with nothing but good intentions in mind.
    That excessive force and coverup have been common since then only shows how bad these do gooder laws actually are. If you are right, you are not justified in crossing the line and hurting a whole bunch of people in the process.
    Anyone accidentally throwing a grenade into a child’s crib? Aw come on.
    Let us have a little common or not so common sense here.
    The trouble is multiplied by judges that sympathize with the law enforcement people to the detriment of every one else.
    The ultimate reaction is likely to cause the death of a lot of law enforcement people somewhere down the road. The reaction of the law enforcement people is likely to be violent. Nothing gets resolved by this approach by the law or the victims of the law enforcement not following the constitution of this country. Those rules were put into place to PROTECT the law enforcement people.
    Knocking and identifying yourselves as law enforcement officers. That keeps people friendly.
    The alternative is an invasion of someone’s home.
    If people invade one’s home, you have a right to fire back if they have not identified themselves as law officials. Crooks who know all about defending their homes are unlikely to be invaded by this bunch. Because they are not going to be hiding behind plasterboard walls. Nor in front of doors.
    When they do fire back, they will fire and disappear. Then, the next law person will get killed from the side. Most real professional crooks will then remove themselves from the scene before anyone can id them. If there are a number of crooks on scene, the entire enforcement team might just disappear. And they know it.
    I don’t see this happening on the streets of poverty stricken Detroit.
    You might win if you are police, but you will pay for it if you go against real predators instead of innocent people.
    The constitution was put together to protect the police as much as it was to protect the people.
    What these thugs are doing, will ultimately come back on them big time.
    Being a policeman of any kind is a difficult, sometimes thankless job. Don’t make it worse by acting like the criminals and terrorists that you were assigned to protect us against.

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