Target: Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell
Goal: Obtain justice and provide adequate hospital care for infant severely injured when a SWAT team threw a grenade into his home
An innocent child was severely burned and put into an induced coma as the result of a SWAT raid. The officers threw a “flash bang” grenade into the home, nearly killing Bounkham Phonesavanh, the child, in his crib. They had entered, expecting to find drugs and the man who sold the drugs, but found neither. No one is being held responsible for Bounkham’s injury and no one has formally apologized to the Phonesavanh family.
No further investigation into this case is being done, meaning no one will be held responsible for Bounkham’s critical injury as of now. Bounkham’s family had just moved to Georgia from Wisconsin, where their house had been burned down. They were living with relatives, not participating in any drug offenses or illegal activities. His family also does not have health insurance, meaning paying for life saving treatment will be very difficult for his family. No medical expenses are being paid by the state yet, even though the damages were done explicitly by the county’s SWAT team.
Team members claim that there was no evidence of a child being in the room, but there was a large playpen outside the room. In addition, neighbors had warned the SWAT team that there were children living in the house. This advice, however, was ignored and Bounkham Phonesavanh may now not survive his injuries.
Ask County Sheriff Joey Terrell to take responsibility for this attack and provide the adequate medical care for the Phonesavanh family and bring Bounkham’s attackers to justice.
Dear Sheriff Joey Terrell,
I recently read about Bounkham Phonesavanh’s attack in Georgia. I was horrified to learn of the wounds he suffered and the grief that his family has experienced. Furthermore, I was very upset about the inefficient system of acquiring justice for this child and his well being.
Bounkham deserves to be receiving the highest quality healthcare for sustaining these injuries at the hands of the local SWAT team. He should also receive a formal apology, instead of the half-hearted attempts at excusing the SWAT team’s assault on the child’s room.
I ask that you please provide a formal apology to the Phonesavanh family and give them peace of mind, knowing that their child’s attacker will receive the right reprimands and justice. In addition, I ask that Bounkham’s medical bills also be covered, as they are likely extraordinarily costly, and his wounds were inflicted by your county’s SWAT team. Thank you for your concern for the Phonesavanh family’s further safety and well-being.
[Your Name Here]
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