The Swat officers had used a stun grenade, called a flash bang, as they entered the residence. The device, which creates bright bursts of light and noise to temporarily disorient its targets, landed in 19-month-old Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh's playpen, where it burned the child's face and created a gash on his chest deep enough to expose his ribs.OK. I mean it may be standard to use SWAT teams and flash grenades, but that isn't supposed to happen. But mistakes do happen. So I bet the chief is pretty apologetic.
But not in Habersham County, Georgia. According to Sheriff Joey Terrell:
Our team went by the book. Given the same scenario, we'll do the same thing again. I stand behind what our team did.... Bad things can happen. That's just the world we live in. Bad things happen to good people.... The baby didn't deserve this.I'm sorry, but that's not good enough.
I mean look, I know this is just another example of our idiotic war on ourselves, I mean drugs. That's nothing new. And bad things do happen to good people. But that doesn't mean bad things should happen to good people at the hands of police. And when they do, as they inevitably will sometimes, you say you're sorry, figure out what you did wrong so it doesn't happen again, and probably shell out some dough to the victim.
When "the book" results in innocent babies being maimed by police, then rewrite the fucking book, you brainless fool! What you don't do is say no mistakes were made, and you would do the same thing again. See, if you did the same thing again in the same situation, then the same thing would happen again. And if you're OK with that, then you're a dick.
From the BBC:
Meanwhile, Bou Bou Phonesavanh is no longer in a coma, but he is still undergoing hospital-based rehabilitation. His long-term prognosis has yet to be determined.That's worth repeating: "Police officers knocked on his door, and he went with them without resistance." Wow, so you mean the whole SWAT team / flash-grenade thing was unnecessary? Why... yes.
Wanis Thonetheva, the original target of the raid, was eventually located and arrested for drug possession. As the Guardian's Pilkington notes, police officers knocked on his door, and he went with them without resistance.
Anyhow... with Thonetheva off the streets, I'm sure it must now be impossible to get meth in Habersham County.
Update: It's worth noting, and it's taken me a while to realize this, that this is the same jurisdiction and sheriff that were involved with the killing of innocent Rev. Jonathan Ayers in 2009. It's amazing to me that such multiple instances of gross incompetence in law enforcement could come out of the same small place.