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Drug Warriors Will Pay $3.6 Million for Maiming a Toddler

The parents of a boy who was nearly killed by a flashbang grenade settle the last of their legal claims.

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The parents of a toddler who was maimed by a botched Georgia drug raid in May 2014 have reached settlements with the last two plaintiffs facing claims as a result of the shocking home invasion. On Friday a federal judge approved payments totaling $1.65 million by Rabun and Stephens counties, which participated in the anti-drug task force responsible for the late-night, no-knock raid that nearly killed 19-month-old Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh when a flashbang grenade exploded in the portable playpen where he was sleeping. The boy's parents, Bounkham and Alecia Phonesavanh, had earlier reached settlements totaling almost $2 million with Habersham County and the city of Cornelia, which also particpated in the operation.

"The legal part is over, but the medical and emotional consequences will be with [the Phonesavanhs] the rest of their lives," the family's lawyer, Mawuli Davis, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Bou Bou, who was severely burned and mutilated by the explosive device, has had to undergo a series of reparative operations that will continue into adulthood. "He's got a painful road ahead," Davis said. "The whole family, they still struggle with the trauma of what they went through, and every medical procedure is a reminder."

The raid, which was aimed at Bou Bou's cousin, a suspected methamphetamine dealer, discovered no drugs, no weapons, no drug money, and no suspects. The cousin was arrested later that day without incident at a different location. In October 2014 a Habersham County grand jury blamed the horrifying incident on a "sloppy" and "hurried" investigation but declined to approve charges against Charles Long, the deputy who threw the grenade that nearly killed Bou Bou, or any of the other officers involved. Last December a federal jury acquitted Nikki Autry, the only officer to be prosecuted as a result of the incident, of civil rights charges based on crucial misrepresentations in her application for the warrant authorizing the raid.

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  1. $3.6 million sounds like a lot, but it still won’t teach them damn taxpayers a lesson. I’ve heard plenty of them bitching about how this family isn’t taking responsibility for their part in this incident – they did actually have a family member who was selling drugs, after all – but I haven’t heard any of them bitching about their own part in allowing the cops to get away with this crap. You could have made it $36 million and these taxpayers would have bitched all the more about the family, not the cops or their own culpability in defending the cops.

    1. BTW, that headline isn’t entirely incorrect – the taxpayers are footing the bill, not the cops – but I’d throw the lawn order shitheads supporting the cops right in with the “drug warriors”. But “the taxpayers” includes all the ones who aren’t drug warriors so it’s not entirely accurate either.

      1. Yeah, the three counties and the city will complain that their hands are now tied too tight with asset forfeiture in 3, 2, 1…

      2. “the taxpayers are footing the bill, not the cops “

        I was going to make the same point.

        ” I’d throw the lawn order shitheads supporting the cops right in with the “drug warriors”

        Even many of your typical ‘law & order’ types are often sensible enough to understand that misconduct is best reduced via professional disincentives rather than huge legal $ payouts by the county. Voters should learn to hold district attorneys (and by extension the police forces) accountable. #BLM style protesting only goes so far.

      3. Oh no. It’s completely, 100% correct. Taxpayers, as a whole, support this crap. They “support the police” and continue to elect DAs and sheriffs who do this. They deserve to pay every penny.

      4. Hey, I only pay taxes so they won’t throw a flash-bang in my bed.

    2. I’ve heard plenty of them bitching about how this family isn’t taking responsibility for their part in this incident

      Instant Backpfeifengesicht.

  2. Who says crime doesn’t pay? Here we have a family pretending to harbor a petty drug lord, cravenly hiding behind their own infant inside their crack den, forcing out of police an expensive and harrowing raid to bring criminals to justice, and now those law enforcement professionals are the ones who have to hand over money? The loss of hose funds will no doubt hamper future efforts at keeping at bay drug criminals like these who have certainly hit the jackpot today.

      1. That’ll teach them to appear to be drug dealers while unknowingly putting their child at risk!

  3. NORMAL PERSON: “You burnt a baby – aren’t you ashamed?”

    CRIMINAL JUSTICE ESTABLISHMENT: “It wasn’t our fault, these parents brought it on themselves.”

    NORMAL PERSON: “If it wasn’t your fault, why did you agree to pay damages?”

    CRIMINAL JUSTICE ESTABLISHMENT: “Oh, don’t be naive, the system pressures innocent people into accepting responsibility in order to avoid the risks and expense of a trial. Oh, by the way, have you looked at our impressive conviction rate?”

    1. Wow, I haven’t even finished my coffee this morning and already I have to fix a 2nd thing.

      NORMAL PERSON: “You burnt a baby – aren’t you ashamed?” They must have done something wrong.

      CRIMINAL JUSTICE ESTABLISHMENT: “It wasn’t our fault, these parents brought it on themselves.”

      NORMAL PERSON: “If it wasn’t your fault, why did you agree to pay damages?” Good things the cops are keeping our children safe.

      1. Exactly. Normal Person deserve Trump or Clinton. Either way, they are going to get it good and hard. mmm…. Getting the popcorn ready.

        1. Either way, they are going to get it good and hard.

          Unfortunately so are we. We get the government other people deserve.

          1. Yeah, I’d love to see the fallout of Trumpary, if only I didn’t have to live with it, too. Sure, it’s kind of nice to think that one of them will lose, but then you remember that one of them won’t. (And we will. All of us.)

      2. And Normal Person is why I don’t have the least bit of fucking sympathy for taxpayers. Given that your normal taxpayer will obsequiously bend a knee to felate a pig, good, I hope the taxpayers get it good and hard. Hey taxpayer, here is a bib.

    2. Can you imagine all brochures at a law enforcement counselor’s office?:

      HANDLING SUSPECT EXPIRATION DURING ARREST

      RECOGNIZING EXCITED DELIRIUM

      CONSTITUTION: FACT OR FICTION?

      DOS AND DON’TS OF PLANTING EVIDENCE

      IT’S OK, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN

      and now they will have to print a new one:

      SO YOU HAVE BURNED A BABY…..

  4. Drug Warriors Tax Payers Will Pay $3.6 Million for Maiming a Toddler.

    FIFY

    As usual, there’s been no justice here.

    1. Let’s see some criminal charges, then we can talk about how they paid.

      1. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.

        1. Exactly. And, given the short attention span of the electorate, I’m sure their jobs are safe too.

          1. What were you saying? Oh, hey, did you know the the Galaxy S7 is coming out soon?

      2. There were criminal charges, against the officer who lied to the judge to get the warrant. The officer was acquitted of course.

        1. Of course, you might as well ask the DA to prosecute one of his brothers.

          1. In the current scheme of our courts in this nation, no one who would convict a cop is getting any way near a jury. Just by that simple fact, you can always know the outcome.

            1. It’s worse than that. No one who would INDICT a cop is getting anywhere near a grand jury.

  5. Slightly OT:

    Boy, 16, carrying a BROOMSTICK is shot by police in Salt Lake City, sparking angry protests

    Police approached a teenage boy and a man who were arguing in the street in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday night
    They asked the boy to drop what he was holding – part of a broomstick
    When he did not, ‘shots were fired’. He was hit in the chest and stomach
    The shooting sparked calamity in the streets all night, trams were shut down in the area, and 100 police officers dispatched to contain the uproar

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..tests.html
    Obey or die.

    1. Obviously the cops were in reasonable fear that he was a wizard. They had to shoot him before he could cast the killing curse.

      1. It’s like the people complaining about this haven’t even *heard* of the Harry Potter documentaries.

    2. They have it all wrong. The teenager was holding a “boomstick,” and “boomsticks” are pretty damn dangerous, so it made sense that the officer shot quickly.

      1. I blame S-Mart for allowing the sale of these killing machines.

      2. The police can use those broomsticks to sodomize Abner Louima.

    3. I like to see that people are rioting, if it is done in the right way. Not like the thugs (is that rascist, good) in LA or Furgeson who use it as an excuse to loot and pillage. But I could get behind a riot that burns down a police station with some cops in it.

    4. This exact same story at Breitbart is titled “War on Cops.”

      http://www.breitbart.com/big-g…..lake-city/

      Yup, the cops shoot someone, they aren’t engaged in war. But people dare to spit and say nasty things about them? ZOMG WAR ON POOR INNOCENT POLICEMEN!

    5. I love the clever use of the passive voice, too. “Shots were fired,” not “Officer X fired shots.”

      1. Or the even more Orwellian, “officer involved shooting”. “Involved”, how? You mean he just happened to be nearby when bullets appeared in the air?

    6. Ummm…I’m in Salt Lake and this poor innocent and a friend were beating an older man with sticks/broomhandles/magic wands/whatever. Police told them to stop and his friend did. He didn’t.

      Probably didn’t need to shoot the guy, who was, OF FUCKING COURSE. “a good and loving father” and “turning his life around”. But it’s not like he was just sweeping the street.

      Let’s have a little nuance, a little context. Y’all are acting like…well, cops.

      Unless beating old folks is some new exercise fad, or part of the DNC playbook to reduce Social Security costs. Then it was totally uncalled for.

    7. When he did not, ‘shots were fired’.

      Boy shot and killed by Passive Voice in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  6. It’s the taxpayers who will pay, not the perpetrators. These settlements should be taken from the Police Unions and/or the Police Retirement fund.

    1. U so cray cray, bae.

  7. Nearly kill a baby, instead maiming him for life, and no one even loses their job for the incident. But the copsuckers will still be talking about what a dangerous job it is to be a policeman, how there’s a “war on cops,” and how great cops are for “putting their lives on the line to protect us.” Fuck these jackbooted thugs.

    1. Show me someone who supports the police, and I’ll show you someone who has never been the victim of a crime. If they had, then they would know that cops don’t do shit to investigate crimes with victims. However if the cops catch wind of you committing a victimless crime against the state, you can bet they’ll do everything they can to bust you.

      1. I think half of the criminal industrial complex is making sure probationers pay their fines. There is no easier to way to get a Petition to Revoke than being poor.

        1. The Police serve the public by protecting them from crime.
          The Police serve government power by shaking down citizens for money.

          It should be no surprise which ‘service’ gets increasing attention.

      2. Show me someone who supports the police, and I’ll show you someone who has never been the victim of a crime. If they had, then they would know that cops don’t do shit to investigate crimes with victims.

        It was a real eye opener when my car got broken into and the useless ass fucking pigs didn’t even send an officer out to look at it. Just took my report over the phone and that was it. Useless fuck-tards. But if I’d had drugs in the car…

      3. Police do what politicians and their laws order them to do. Politicians write the laws they think will get their hands into the public till. Changing what works for politicians is a better approach than blaming the hired help. Incentives matter.

    2. Where are the “pro-life” conservatives? Shouldn’t they be celebrating a decision that deters men with guns and grenades from blowing up actual individual babies?

  8. It’s too bad the cops don’t pay damages.

  9. It is getting to the point where part of me would cheer if some vigilante started taking out these animals with badges. The other part of me dreads the possibility of that happening because the reaction by the government would make “Boston Strong” look like freedom.

    1. I got the sense that most of Boston Strong was pretty voluntary. It didn’t take much for the pigs to convince the populace to stay inside. I can only imagine how Boston residents of 1773 would weep and shiver in disgust and how fucking pussified their descendants have become.

    2. I got the sense that most of Boston Strong was pretty voluntary. It didn’t take much for the pigs to convince the populace to stay inside. I can only imagine how Boston residents of 1773 would weep and shiver in disgust and how fucking pussified their descendants have become.

    3. That’s why the vigilante would have to take out the pigs in ways that look like accidents.

  10. Has David French written an article explaining why the baby is at fault?

  11. From now on, Nikki Autry should always be referred to as “lying, baby-bomber thug Nikki Autry”.

    -jcr

  12. Correction: drug warriors won’t be paying this, tax payers will.

    1. Taxpayers can, allegedly, vote. If there is any shred of representative democracy left, taxpayers can petition their government to get rid of the unlimited immunity enjoyed by LEO’s.

  13. The parents “have reached settlements with the last two plaintiffs”?

    Do you mean the last two defendants? I don’t understand.

  14. When the Cops, they lie
    And babies get maimed
    That’s not a crime
    It’s just a shame

    ‘Cause Cops protect us
    If only in name
    Taxpayers are liable
    It’s a great Game

    No individual
    Shoulders the blame
    And so a travesty
    Justice became

  15. Too bad the money won’t be coming out of the police forces’ pension funds. Then they might actually learn something from this. As it is, they’ll be continuing with business as usual while the taxpayers pick up the tab.

    1. The financial collapse caused by Bush dynasty asset forfeiture programs caused money to disappear from everyone’s pension funds. Lying about the connection between asset-forfeiture confiscation of “subprime” mortgage houses and the collapse of the financial system has, for the time being, kept most people from connecting the dots Adam Smith spelled out in plain English over two centuries ago. If your IRA value dropped when asset-forfeiture collided with mortgage backed securities, then you wuz robbed by the federal government’s prohibition mania. Congratulations!

  16. See? Things do improve. When Herb Hoover used the income tax to strangle glucose and yeast corporations, thereby shutting down every bank in These States, the 18th Amendment was soon repealed. When Reason brought publicity to Trooper Tiller and Soliciter Chrissy murdering youths for asset-forfeiture, the Criminals at the DOJ sent a “cheeze-it” letter telling the cops to hold off on the justified killings for “equitable sharing” of asset forfeiture–at least until the hullaballoo dies down a little. Now narcs actually have to pay for blowing up babies?
    THAT’s progress!

  17. the money needs to come from the pig union, that’s the only way to change their behavior

  18. Drug warriors? I think the taxpayers will be the ones paying.

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  21. “Last December a federal jury acquitted Nikki Autry, the only officer to be prosecuted as a result of the incident, of civil rights charges based on crucial misrepresentations in her application for the warrant authorizing the raid.”

    It’s miscarriages of justice like this that fuel the ever growing anti-police sentiment. Nikki Autry deserves to lose her job and be charged for it…

  22. based on crucial misrepresentations in her application for the warrant

    Her application has got a bad case of misrepresentation termites. Better call the exterminators.

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