Cops Who Flash Banged Infant’s Crib Are Blaming the Baby

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Nearly a year has passed since a Habersham County SWAT team stormed into the Phonesavanh residence, and very nearly killed their 19 month old child. The no-knock raid was prompted by an anonymous tip which suggested there were drugs in the house. As the officers forced their way into the home, they lobbed a flash grenade which wound up landing in the crib where baby “bou-bou” was sleeping. As it erupted, the infant suffered severe burns and had to be taken to the hospital, and placed in a medically induced coma.

To any sane person, the sheriff’s department would be responsible for the damage inflicted on this child. Not only were there no drugs in the house, but the suspect they were looking for was found elsewhere. And despite their claims that they had the house under surveillance for two days prior to the raid, somehow they had no idea that there were children who lived there.

Still, the family had to fight the county tooth and nail to have their $1 million in medical bills reimbursed. Last month they settled with the county, and received $964,000, half of which will be given to them now, and the rest will be given to baby after he turns 18. While it’s great to hear that the family is getting something out of this, it’s shocking to see how defiant the sheriff’s department was, right to the very end. They never once admitted culpability for their gross negligence, and in a bizarre twist, their defense statement in court basically blamed the infant for his own injuries.

William Norman Grigg from the Pro Libertate blog read through the lengthy document, and sifted through the legalese for our benefit. It’s almost unbelievable how far the sheriff’s department was willing to go to avoid paying the family whose child they burned alive.

The act of sleeping in a room about to be breached by a SWAT team constituted “criminal” conduct on the part of the infant. At the very least, the infant was fully liable for the nearly fatal injuries inflicted on him when Habersham County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Long blindly heaved a flash-bang grenade – a “destructive device,” as described by the ATF, that when detonated burns at 2,000-3,500 degrees Fahrenheit – into the crib.

Merely by being in that room, Bou-Bou had assumed the risk of coming under attack by a SWAT team. By impeding the trajectory of that grenade, rather than fleeing from his crib, Bou-Bou failed to “avoid the consequences” of that attack.

In any case, Bou-Bou, along with his parents and his siblings, are fully and exclusively to blame for the injuries that nearly killed the child and left the family with more than one million dollars in medical bills. The SWAT team that invaded the home in Cornelia, Georgia on the basis of a bogus anonymous tip that a $50 drug transaction had occurred there is legally blameless.

This is the defense presented by Haberham County Sheriff Joey Terrell and his comrades in their reply to a federal lawsuit filed last February on behalf of Bou-Bou Phonesavanh and his family.

Can you believe that? It gets much worse from here. When photographic evidence of the baby’s horrific injuries were shown in court, the defendants denied that the photograph “accurately depicts the injuries allegedly sustained.” The statement goes on to the blame the parents and the baby because the damages caused to the child were “directly and proximately caused by the contributory and comparative negligence of the plaintiffs and their failure to exercise ordinary care.

And as a last-ditch effort to avoid paying the bill, the sheriff’s department invoked the principle of “laches,” which in the legal world, is a kind of use it or lose it statement. It basically means that you don’t have the right to sue, if you waited a long period of time in the hopes that future circumstances would favor your case. It doesn’t apply in this case at all because the family almost immediately filed a notice with the court after the incident.

The origins and usage of that obscure and archaic legal term do offer some insight about the way Bou-Bou’s would-be murderers see themselves, and their victim.

“Laches” is a term embodying the ancient legal maxim that “Equity favors the vigilant, and not those who have slumbered on their rights.” Defendants who appeal to this oft-cited and little-applied concept are accusing plaintiffs of subjecting them to a form of “legal ambush.”

What Sheriff Joey and his cornpone chekists are claiming, in effect, is that while he was sleeping, Baby Bou-Bou ambushed them.

How low can one police department go?

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  • Kalki

    then maybe some one should Flash Banged there Infant’s Crib.
    and see how they like it,
    its the polices child’s fault that the police are corrupt!

    • ANONymousPATRIOT

      Someone should take a blow torch to their faces.

  • Mr Anthill

    Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell and Deputy Bill Zigan were shot while responding to a domestic call. He survived though.

    • damn!

      • Razedbywolvs

        What an idiot, there was about a 100 better ways to do that (not that you should)

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    • englishvinal


  • hwt123

    Common law is the law of the land & it is recognized by the flag that a man fights & dies for, it is the law of our creator & the very agreement made between man & his government …

    it says, in order for a crime to be committed, you need an injured party..

    Under international law, every ship at sea & every place laws are passed & enforced a flag MUST be hung to recognize the laws & jurisdiction under the flag & all US courts & government buildings hang a flag with 4 colors which declares martial law.

    US has been under military rule & martial law since the civil war, the courts are Admiralty / Maritime under the international jurisdiction of the sea & all BAR judges & lawyers (British accreditation registry) are taught in contractual law & both the judge & lawyer profit from every case they win for the TRUST that is used to confiscate all goods & property to fund the war effort, the civil war folks.

    Judge is trustee to the Ces tui Qui Trust & that trust is held in Puerto Rico with the assets bound for the UN/IMF.

    Here is the “LEGAL SYSTEM” BAR uses in the fake courts

    The cops broke the law of our creator to enforce military statutes which are nothing more than the terms & conditions of a contract.
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    • Honey badger

      Thanks for all the great sources! The one about the flag with the fringe is great info.

      • James Rustles

        If you’ll read the executive order, there is nothing in it that mentions yellow fringe on the flag nor its significance.

        • James Michael

          Then use your brain….The flag without any adornments is the flag of the union…ANYTHING added to it defiles it….

    • englishvinal

      Better check out Ms. Hudes’ associations, husband, and background….
      I bought into her at first too… then I learned her background and her sponsors.

  • RogerP77

    This is the kind of world we are moving into. Nothing is ever the fault of the authorities and they will use any excuse to justify their actions. By the way they are TRAINED to “think” like this through programs like Common Core and the SPLC.

  • Chris Sky

    Where are the police apologists on this one?!

    SWAT is right… it’s all the BABY’s fault.

    • You’re 100% right. It’s been over a year but still no pro-police positions.

  • There is a reason why they are called legal arguments.

    • ad l

      Disgusting comment.

      • Specious comment.

        • ad l

          My comment is completely correct. A ‘legal’ argument is shorthand for an abuser’s ‘argument’ attemtpitng to cloak itself in legitimacy. To make it clear to you there is no such thing as a legal argument with special protection.

          • No one is supposed to get special protection in a courtroom, and anyone who does is violating the common law by soliciting and/or accepting it. Those who know the law and the courts rules (like Getty Spence does) seldom, if ever, lose in court. He has NEVER lost a criminal defense case.

          • ad l

            Your claim to the validity of legal arguments is special protection. Who even knows what drugs you are taking.

          • I don’t understand what unamerican standard you are using to come to such a specious premise, and that is where it will remain until and unless you enlighten us.

  • Mike

    Here is an idea, flash bang the cops and tell them its their fault for being there.

  • James

    This is easy to understand. The city got no money to pay & needs keep all the money it has. The American cops job it to raise money for the city. By what ever it takes to get. Murder Maim Mayham is all ok. Drug money is not allowed in the banks to store or the Feds will take it as they need the money there. So you want your neighbor killed call the American cop’s and say they are dealing drugs. Drugs = money being stored In a house. So out comes the cops for money and do what it takes to get your money. Even with no drugs or illegal things going on in a home. If the cops think money is there they will get a call. So in America you can not keep money in a bank, as the Feds will steal it. And you can not keep money at home as the cops will steal it. You can not have money on your person as the cops will stop you and take it. So best not work and cash your check. The cops have stole the money from such. As you leave the bank for the store. No money is safe in the bank, and you can not have money at home as it will get you killed for by the cops. So only way to live in America is on your EBIT card.

  • knotjammin2

    Still, the family had to fight the county tooth and nail to have their $1 million in medical bills reimbursed.

    This is a bullshit story as the parent/parents never paid the medical bills. The cops that did this should be in jail but please keep the facts straight. For the record I don’t think they could give this kid enough money to make good on what these keystone cops did to him.

  • daniel lee morgan

    They ” the search and destroy squad” are as good at making assinine lame blameless excuses, as ,they are, at picking the right houses to invade! I’m surprised they didn’t shoot every body there, but, It must not have troubled their souls one wit , because,they left witness’ ! Nothing to see here ,just protecting and serving, as is becoming all to typical !!! All i know is if that was my baby ????? Just the Scorpio in me!!!!

  • Hoot Woodly

    Nowhere in the court document does the “Quote” appear. Either back up your headline or get it off the internet. You undermine your already questionable credibility.

  • Katie Sterling

    A pox on the entire department and bureaucracy.

  • whodowetrust

    How the police love to warp reality to their favor.The child was at fault because he got in the way of the flash bang,while sleeping in his crib.
    Truly our police and justice system on display for everyone to see.
    I just wish our prisons were so open to the light of day.
    America is not the country it once was and if Obama gets his “homeland police” like Hitler, it is bound to get much worse.

    • spiritlaughing

      America, sadly, has NEVER, been the country we once THOUGHT, it was. That country has never really existed. Doesn’t mean we can’t make it what we THOUGHT it was. We can. Only if the robber barons are brought to justice. Do a thorough search of the true history of this country, and who owns it. It is not, and never has been, what we thought or were told, it was. There are not that many of them. So, do we let it continue? That is the question, and the answer is what will be our future. What is your answer?

  • arahn

    That’s called wishful thinking. Reality has a way of crashing in on that sort of thing. Any action requires an equal but opposite reaction to stop it — that’s how it works in the real.

  • Apollyon

    The good thing about the police mouthing off is the more they talk the dumber they look and the more ammunition the family had for their lawsuit. What can you say about a police dept that says those kind of things. Mark Twain said “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

  • Wanna Fight?

    Every one of those cops should have a flash grenade strapped to their face and detonated.

    • Dave from San Antonio

      How about…strapped between their legs…up…and tight…

  • Daniel C

    off a 50$ dollar drug deal suspicion? Government really hates completion guise!

  • Paul Richards

    I hope the judge denies the defense the ability to use this as a defense. For sheer gall I hope the judge quadruples all fines and penalties for this.

  • Jon Geissinger

    Prime example of Police in the US today?

  • Jackie Puppet

    Someone should shove flash bang grenades up their asses and down their throats.

  • ad l

    We have the physical and mental power, true the mental has precedence.

  • walcon

    It is time the war on drugs ends. Let them have all the drugs they want and they will soon all die off.

    • lovelydestruction

      …uh huh, uh huh. Because nonviolent drug users are the problem

  • frankw

    So long as there is no personal retribution against this sort of criminal violence, it will continue. So long as they can use the cover of the law and their uniforms as protection,, we will see no justice in these cases.

  • 441019

    I am outraged, but I believe that there is justice in the end–at the time of death, everyone is judged for their actions.

  • L.C. in Texas

    This is a case that I would definitely stand behind, as over zealous public employees over reached their authority. Their commander should be reminded of his oath of office to serve & protect the innocent.

  • Dave from San Antonio

    This has all come about because of the “liberal ideology” that “those in authority” are never to blame…the blame gets shifted to the victim…when “authority”, in this case, LE…over-reach the parameters of their authority.

  • dufas_duck

    This just another though more extreme of the police usual use of ‘We have investigated ourselves and found we never do anything wrong…it’s always the citizen’s fault…’

  • I don’t know what those with no formal legal education might call them, but those of us with legal educations call them what they are.

  • Do you know the plot of the Shakespeare play that comment appeared in and the context thereof?

    • ad l


      • Nope, shills had nothing to do with it. In those days, lawyers actually protected all of the rights, property, and lives of those unable to do so, so before the megalomaniacs could do them harm, they had to kill all the lawyers so they couldn’t protect those they wanted to victimize. Now, go take another dose of diphenhydramine and go back to sleep.

        • ad l

          Oh you’re a shill of that there is no doubt. Lawyers protect the rights and property of those capable of paying, the difference between early modern and medieveal society compared to ‘modern’ society is there is a small chance of justice now

          Oh and I have no doubt that you’re not in the ‘in’ crowd not connected so your money will only take you so far fighting parking tickets and such like. You being a shill has got to the most idiotic tactic I have ever seen.

          • All I can say is that you must be a masterful shill to be able to judge me. You appear to be saying that I am shilling for people who are long dead.

    • James Michael

      Actually they were banned under penalty of death in many of the early colonies also…..

      • I don’t suppose you can produce a citation in evidence of what is purely hearsay on your part?

  • krypt_o

    What the actual f**k…? Is this the Onion?

  • englishvinal

    NOT. !!!!!.. children are not responsible for their parents actions.
    Do NOT stoop to the same level as the criminals~!

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    As we witness such things as the spread of globalism, the building of a one-world church, the increase of wickedness, the breakdown of the traditional family, the destruction of that priceless bastion of liberty called America, the normalization of homosexuality, the callous murder of babies, the filthy pop culture, the breathtaking increase in governmental surveillance, we become fearful, uncertain, frustrated, angry, and discouraged, but this is because our minds and hearts are too focused on things of this world rather than things above. Too often we have the same short view that “conservative” unbelievers have rather than the long view that comes from the light of Bible prophecy…

    The devil is the god of this world, and his handiwork is evident everywhere, but he is not God and he is not in control of the times and the seasons.

    “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding” (Dan. 2:20-21).

    We should stand in the confidence that the present evil is exceedingly temporary and will soon be cut down…

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  • mogsworth

    Stupid argument!

  • mogsworth

    Have any of these “Officers of the Law” been prosecuted? Negligence,endangering life,Stupidity,assaulting a minor,use of a deadly weapon,Stupidity,racial persecution,Stupidity Etc.
    Cannot find an update.




    But slowly, very, very SLOWLY…

  • GenEarly

    This “Sheriff” is dumb as a box of rocks by even pushing this raid and is doing as he is told by the lawyers representing the county. They All need to be replaced at the next election. Sheriff Joey shouldn’t even be an effective dog catcher.

    • forget replacing the scum in the next election, just start up the Republic that was shut down in the 1860’s,,,, but we will have to get the South to re-join

  • lovelydestruction

    They are paraphrasing and extrapolating from these egregious defenses in the court document:
    FIFTH DEFENSE: Plaintiffs’ damages, if any, resulted solely
    from the voluntary and intentional conduct of plaintiffs or others and not from
    any conduct of these defendants or those over whom these defendants had any

    SIXTH DEFENSE: Plaintiffs’ damages, if any, were caused by
    the independent acts and decisions of persons and entities other than these
    defendants or those over whom these defendants had some legal right of control.

    SEVENTH DEFENSE: To the extent as may be shown by the
    evidence through discovery, these defendants show that plaintiffs’ damages, if
    any, were directly and proximately caused by the contributory and comparative
    negligence of plaintiffs and their failure to exercise ordinary care.

    TENTH DEFENSE: To the extent as may be shown by the evidence
    through discovery, plaintiffs’ injuries and damages, if any, were caused by the
    deliberate, criminal conduct of
    plaintiffs, and such criminal conduct supersedes any and all negligence
    or liability, if any, on the part of these defendants.

    ELEVENTH DEFENSE: To the extent as may be shown by the
    evidence through discovery, these defendants also assert the affirmatives
    defenses of assumption of the risk, failure to avoid consequences, laches,
    failure to mitigate damages, last clear chance and sudden emergency

  • The IMF Pukes that Were think they own you, tell the Rothschilds and demon spawn to F&%$( off: , just leave the pretend governments?

    want to get the feds / state off your back: this MIGHT be the answer: gotta’ study it again, and implement it, but not quite as colorfully as Dean.

  • The drug war tyranny is going to end, along with all the other tyrannies!
    Revolution now!


    Heartless. A baby was involved. Could have picked up “the ball” and helped the family out. Instead?

  • SP_88

    I’m so glad that I was wrong. I thought for sure that these cob-rollers would get away with it. The important part is that they paid for the medical bills.
    But I’m still pissed that they had the audacity to blame the victim. What kind of horrible people would burn a baby like that and not want to do whatever they could to make it right? These SWAT team raids and the no knock warrants they serve on non-violent offenders and people who are accused of victimless crimes are more dangerous than the offenders they are attempting to apprehend. And too often they endanger the lives of the families and other people who live in the home they are raiding. And it’s completely unnecessary.
    Incidents like this have become more commonplace since the government began giving military equipment to police departments. The number of SWAT team raids has skyrocketed since the militarization of police departments, and as a result the number of injuries and deaths of innocent civilians and bystanders has also skyrocketed.
    Because they are rarely held accountable for their negligence or the destruction of property during these raids, their behavior has become more reckless and careless. And it’s not just because of the military equipment they have been given, a lot of this is a result of the training they receive. They are trained to treat people like enemy combatants instead of human beings who are innocent until proven guilty. Taking away the military toys that they are all too eager to play with is only part of the solution. Training them to treat people like human beings is the biggest issue.
    Unfortunately with the agenda to turn America into a police state, it isn’t likely that they will be training police officers to be nice to people any time soon.

  • Dr_NOS

    We must put the sheriff and his team on the black list of those next to be removed from life after being supremely tortured. Their families too.Wipe out the entire genome linked to these pieces of shit

  • Some police will make up any story to blame the victim.
    My friend committed suicide in my house in Switzerland in April 2015. I called the police and they promptly charged me with his murder, coming up with a wild story about me running a homosexual S&M sex club out of my house, that he died during a sex game gone wrong, and telling my girlfriend they had me on film in wild sex orgies with over 20 other men doing “heavy, nasty sado things”. The case is still ongoing, although they never produced a shred of evidence, the films never existed (ie they made that all up to make her change her statement) and I filed a criminal complaint for “inhumane and degrading treatment” against the police. You can read more about what they did to me at

  • The simple truth is that these police appear to have become so accustomed to blaming the victim that even extremely ridiculous claims such as these can be made with a straight face. Seriously? They consider themselves above the law, they just make up any old excuse. I never thought that previously, however having experienced Swiss police in Valais first hand I have had an awakening. I was tortured to confess to murdering a depressed suicidal friend I had been desperately trying to save for years. The Swiss made up an Amanda Knox style plot where I killed him during a sex game. You can read about my story here … Seriously the lunatics are running the asylum and the police in certain countries are sadistic perverted criminals, who are totally morally bankrupt.

  • Redlist Renegade

    Cops don’t really care WHO or WHAT they shoot just as long as they get to shoot it and kill it or at least try to kill it !!! They have become totally out of control mad dog killing machines in this day and age !!! It’s GOT to be hard to actually see WHO or WHAT it is that they are actually shooting at when they have their heads THAT far up their fucking asses !!!!!!

  • JUMO

    Put a flash grenade in their pants, see how they like it…

  • bosunj

    Proving yet again the only good cop has its brains splattered across the front seat of its cop car.

  • shmiggle


  • That was the theory behind Texas. The ‘family’ of African Americans have done EXACTLY what you attempt here to justify. When unarmed Blacks are 7 times more likely to be murdered by police officers than Whites, there’s something SERIOUSLY wrong. Someone’s trying to get something started and it certainly ISN’T Black America!

  • David James

    Deputy Charles Long should be HUNG in the street.

  • Bill

    Although old news, this article is timely in today’s news environment.

  • Bill

    Why is the format/layout of this site/article so similar to the economic collapse blog? Coincidence or is somebody related?

  • DITTO! WELL SAID! While I totally disagree and in fact find attacks on and the killings of police unacceptable, this is yet another situation where the police act as judge and jury and more of a military unit than police. Their charge is to protect and serve, not injure and burn! Police across the country need to be demilitarized…something Obama promised but just went back on(surprise, surprise). Second, whatever happened to surrounding a house and knocking on the door? These “no knock” raids are increasingly proving more and more deadly to innocent people, while the real targets…the real criminals aren’t even there! These cops should be fired, tried and jailed. Case closed!

    • jivey Jivey

      they all should be shot in the face Cops are the real criminals they steal , murder, rape and lie about crimes evidence. Their are no good cops if they do not arrest and turn in the ones committing the crime they are just as rotten

  • Where the hell was the U.S. D.O.J. when this should have been investigated? Answer with their heads up their backsides, covering up for Ohbummber and Hittlery that’s where!

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  • Steven Deakins

    That’s low. Bunch of bottom feeders !

  • Howard Beale

    Welcome to the USSA Comrades.

  • jivey Jivey

    Lawyers are fucking criminals too unless you are rich. You are only innocent if you have money to pay the lawyers

  • Wile E Genius

    I’d flash bang them & their families.

  • GAZOO2

    I’d do that if they killed my pet cat or dog.

  • mike

    lol what the people allow …is what will continue

  • AllFather

    That is all based on legal advice from a very smarmy lawyer. I don’t know who he is, but, I was a lawyer once and know his type. He needs a little dose of reality before making such repugnant arguments. This sort of argument should not have been allowed by the Judge as it violates the Code of Professional Conduct (or its analog) for the attorney pushing a claim that he had no reasonable belief that there was evidence to support and this is most definitely not a “reasonable extension of the law” asking a child sleeping in his home to somehow reasonably foresee that a secret SWAT raid would occur at any time and also attributing super-human powers to an infant to quickly dodge a grenade while asleep.

    The judiciary no longer has any respect for the rule of law. That’s why I quit years ago.

  • 2012today

    were those assholes ever fired?

  • Anonymous Person

    “I’m from the government i’m here to help” Said the government thug.

  • idontknow

    Sic semper tyrannis…

  • magic1114

    Everyone involved in that raid should have to submit to a flash-bang suppository…