Police Blew a Hole in My Toddler
Alecia Phonesavanh tells her story
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 24, 2014 5:14 PM CDT
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(Newser) – When their house burned down, Alecia Phonesavanh and her family went to Atlanta to stay with her sister-in-law. On their minivan's back windshield were pasted stick figures of the family: Mom, dad, three daughters, and a baby boy. That baby boy is poignant, because soon after they arrived, police burst in the home and threw a flash grenade into young Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh's crib. "I heard my baby wailing and asked one of the officers to let me hold him," Alecia writes in an account of the incident at Salon. "He screamed at me to sit down and shut up and blocked my view, so I couldn’t see my son."

Bou Bou is still fighting for his life, with a hole in his chest that exposes his ribs, and Phonesavanh's only comfort is the hope that his ordeal "might make us angry enough that we stop accepting brutal SWAT raids as a normal way to fight the 'war on drugs,'" she writes. All around the country SWAT teams are making similar raids, as police departments stockpile weapons, like flash-bang grenades, that were intended for war zones. "It’s time to remind the cops that they should be serving and protecting our neighborhoods, not waging war on the people in them." Click for her full column.

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WillyB
Jun 26, 2014 8:16 PM CDT
All of this emanates from the failed, corrupt "war on drugs", the biggest threat to our civil liberties in decades, and it must be ended to stop these jack-booted thugs from getting even worse. Either man the f*ck up and end it politically, or the cities will be littered with the corpses of these violent, mindless, nazi-like a$$holes. One way or another, it will come to an end.
TrentSki
Jun 25, 2014 10:22 PM CDT
All you have to do is watch an episode of cops to realize how corrupt the police are in the US
dan6807
Jun 25, 2014 7:40 PM CDT
These police are so scared to enter a building they throw in flash bangs without knowing the occupants and potential targets? Last I saw fiber optic cameras were not that expensive. These guys should be in jail.