Target: Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal
Goal: Pay medical expenses to the family of a toddler injured by an incompetent police raid.
A toddler was badly burned by a flash grenade when an inept SWAT team raided the wrong house. Now, his parents are facing a $1 million medical bill that the county refuses to pay. The incident took place in May 2014, while the family of Bounkham Phonesavanh was staying with family members in Georgia. At 2 a.m., the family was awakened by a loud explosion. The SWAT team had reportedly thrown a flash grenade into Bounkham’s crib, severely burning him.
ABC News reports that Bounkham was rushed away to the hospital before his mother could get to him. Officers told her that he was fine, and that he had just lost a tooth. It wasn’t until later that the family discovered that the grenade had collapsed the boy’s left lung, and severely burned his face and chest. A doctor working in the trauma unit that night reported that the blast injured the child’s face so severely that his flesh had been torn down to the bone and teeth.
In the aftermath of the incident, it is alleged that the authorities made no apologies, even though they were responsible for critically injuring an innocent child. They owe medical restitution to this family. Please sign this petition to the governor of Georgia to demand that the family of Bounkham Phonesavanh be paid full medical expenses.
Dear Governor Deal,
I was surprised to learn of a recent case in which a toddler was injured by a flash-bang grenade when a SWAT team raided the wrong house. Habersham County, where the incident took place, now refuses to pay a $1 million medical bill, citing a gratuity law that prevents it from doing so. However, I believe that the county should be held accountable for this act of supreme incompetence and stupidity.
The child was in his crib when he had the grenade thrown at him. The blast severely burned his face and collapsed one of his lungs. One of the doctors in the trauma unit reported that his face had been stripped of flesh, and that teeth and bone were exposed. Now, his family is faced with an obscene medical bill as a result of negligence and stupidity. There is no reason why they shouldn’t be compensated; the police made a mistake, and the state of Georgia should make amends.
I ask that you please do everything in your power to find some way of legally compensating this family.
[Your Name Here]
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