Success: Police Indicted for Disfiguring Toddler During Drug Raid

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Target: Acting United States Attorney John A. Horn

Goal: Praise officials who opened a federal investigation into a botched drug raid which resulted in permanent injury for a one-year-old.

A grand jury has chosen to indict a former Deputy Police Chief in connection with a drug raid in which a flash grenade was thrown into the crib of a one-and-a-half year old baby, causing severe injury and permanent disfigurement. The officers, heavily armed and dressed in full SWAT gear, raided the home in the middle of the night looking for a family member suspected of selling a small quantity of methamphetamine. Not only did this family member never live at the house, but he was not present at the time of the raid.

Before the officers entered the home, a stun grenade was thrown into the front window. It landed inside the crib of sleeping baby Bounkham, nicknamed “Bou Bou.” The grenade, which is designed to cause no permanent injury to adults, caused serious burns to the child’s chest and face, leaving his ribcage exposed and his nose essentially blown off. The child was put into a medically-induced coma, and over a year later is still undergoing reconstructive surgeries. The police department initially refused to pay for the medical costs, but reached a $1 million settlement after Bou Bou’s family filed a lawsuit seeking damages.

While a previous grand jury decided not to file criminal charges, a federal investigator stepped in after the Deputy Police Chief was caught falsifying information in the previous court case. Now, thanks to massive public outcry including a highly successful ForceChange petition, the officers responsible for the hasty and careless raid will face a proper trial. Sign the petition below to applaud four criminal charges being laid against the person responsible for this shockingly irresponsible home raid.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear US Attorney John A. Horn,

Former Georgia Deputy Police Chief Nikki Autry has been indicted by a federal grand jury following an investigation into her false statements that led to the severe injury of a child during a botched drug raid. The grand jury decided that the informant, which Autry had claimed to be “credible” had falsified information about the whereabouts of a small-time methamphetamine dealer.

A child in the home raided was severely burned and permanently disfigured when an officer lobbed a flash grenade through a window into his crib. This kind of mistake could have easily been avoided had the parties involved used better judgement. We, the undersigned, thank you for your efforts to bring justice to young Bounkham.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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