*UPDATE* Another No-Knock Raid – 3am SWAT Team Throw Flash/Bang Stun Grenade In Baby Crib – 19 Month Toddler With Serious Injuries….

update-1Update: This story has struck a nerve because it clearly shows a horrible consequence to yet another example of several no-knock raids we have outlined in the past several months.

patriotTo that end we have contacted a local Atlanta media reporter seeking further information and assistance, as well as offering our resources. (more details will follow)

In the interim here is some information we have gathered after a few phone calls:

The “no knock” raid took place at the suspects mothers house, not his. This specific residence has never been a drug house, never identified as a high risk house, and has never been the subject of any prior law enforcement engagement.  [*NOTE* the police dispute this, but it should be easy enough to verify]

The suspect being sought on the warrant, Wanis Thometheva (aged 30), did not live there, nor was the address his known or listed address on any current or previous identification over the past five years.  [should be easy enough to verify]

The police were told by an “unknown and unnamed informant”, that Wanis Thometheva lived there (that is the position of the police).  However, he did not.

Wanis Thometheva was arrested later at his listed residence.

The local Sheriff has publically stated there were no weapons or drugs found in the house that was raided under the warrant.  [*NOTE* Another media report reflects the Sheriff saying they found “residue” – again this should be easy enough to verify]  The  visiting  family,  little “Bou Bou” Phonesavanhs, his three older sisters and both parents, were asleep in the room (garage conversion) while visiting from Wisconsin.

Only the little boy was injured.   He is 19 months old.

The family is from Wisconsin where their home was recently destroyed in a house fire. The father of the little boy is the brother of the suspects mother.  The 19 month old victim and the suspect named on the warrant are cousins.  In essence the family were staying with the little boys aunt.

The family was due to go back to Wisconsin later the same morning the incident took place.  Their car was packed in preparation for them leaving later that morning.

This is a seriously horrific situation that could easily have been avoided if the investigative unit had done a better job investigating the residence prior to execution of a 3am “no knock” warrant.

The bottom line is if they had staked out the house, or done even a modicum of investigation, they would have identified the children, the activity, and the families presence.    If they were sure enough for a warrant – how could they NOT know another family and children were present.   Did they even visit the house before the 3am raid?

TROUBLING – The “informant” who gave the police the information, was previously arrested on drug charges and was looking to get their charges dropped or reduced. The “informant” had their own children removed as an outcome of their arrest. In other words the “anonymous” informant had a vested interest in any presentation, even false information, in their own best interest.

[*NOTE* Initially the Sheriff Dept. stated it was an undercover narcotics officer who alerted them.   That statement apparently changed to an “anonymous informant” when the media interest picked up.]

We’re still seeking details, and after a better understanding of the facts we’ll seek public records to capture the actual wording of the warrant as well as identify the judge who signed off on it. (more will follow)

Here’s a link to a donation page to support the families immediate needs –CLICK HERE

In the interim, PRAY. This little guy’s life is touch-n-go, the family can use our prayers.

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(Via NYDN)  A 19-month-old boy is fighting for his life after a SWAT team threw a stun grenade into his crib during an overnight home raid, the toddler’s family says.

Police were looking for Wanis Thometheva, who sold methamphetamine to an undercover officer Tuesday evening, police said.  But when the team raided his Georgia home, the Phonesavanh family was inside — not Thometheva.

The Phonesavanhs, visiting Habersham County after a fire at their Wisconsin home, were sleeping when officers entered around 3 a.m. Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Police tossed a distraction grenade through the door. It landed on 19-month-old Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh’s pillow.

Alecia Phonesavanh and her family were visiting Georgia from Wisconsin.

Bou Bou suffered serious burns and is now in a medically induced coma.  (read more)

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131 Responses to *UPDATE* Another No-Knock Raid – 3am SWAT Team Throw Flash/Bang Stun Grenade In Baby Crib – 19 Month Toddler With Serious Injuries….

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    It brought me to tears to see the face of such an innocent so injured. Poor little thing. These noknock raids are barbarous.

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    • jello333 says:

      Barbarous… murderous. All they care about is THEMSELVES, nothing else.

      ” ‘There was no clothes, no toys, nothing to indicate that there was children present in the home. If there had been then we’d have done something different,’ Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby told WSB-TV.”

      LYING SCUM!!! Once again: All you care about is YOURSELVES. So let’s see… you’re after someone on a drug charge? You’re willing to risk terrorizing, even killing people (babies, kids, adults, elderly, doesn’t matter) to “get your man”? You’re just “doing your job”, right? Yeah, just like a good bunch of Nazis.

      Carry on.

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  2. The All Real Numbers Symbol says:

    I am sick to death of hearing stories like this. Here we have another story of a SWAT team with laser-like tunnel vision. They’re going to get the drug dealer, and who cares about the innocents caught in the crossfire?

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  3. Got off work: 20 minutes ago. Came to the Treehouse: 4 minutes ago.

    Quitting the internet for the duration of the evening: 4 minutes from now.

    I don’t have anything really good to say after seeing this, so I’ll be playing piano and then some video games. GTA V? No. I would be tempted to do virtual evil and rain down vengeance (and fuuurious anger) upon the iniquitous LSPD. I’ll probably play a racing game. Sonic or Forza, perhaps. Or Pinball. Because nothing I could possibly utter right now would be uplifting.

    May God help us all to show his light. I’m doing my part by not commenting on this any further.

    Or even checking today’s news.

    Have a good night, Treepers.

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Poor little Punkin…… 😦

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    • jello333 says:

      Oh God… just thought of something else. This little kid has been unconscious since he was attacked, which means they don’t know of OTHER possible non-visible injuries he might have. Poor little guy may wind up deaf and/or blind. 😦 (Now I’M gonna cry….)

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    • canadacan says:

      He is such a sweetie blessed are the little children

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  5. Sharon says:

    And their reasoning is that they didn’t see baby stuff laying around – they must have peeked through the windows and also believe that no one with babies or small children ever has clean floors without visible toys. Or ever has a baby visiting. The trauma for that Wisconsin family is impossible to imagine.

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    • yankeeintx says:

      The cops should feel ashamed when they find out the only reason the family was even there was because their house in Wisconsin had burned down. So it would make sense that the children all lost their clothes, toys and baby stuff in a fire.

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      • Stormy says:

        The cops should feel ashamed guilty…

        FIFY

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        • yankeeintx says:

          Thank you. Also they need to know that “Sorry, but it wasn’t our fault” is not a sign of remorse. How about the cops immediately taking up donations to pay for the child’s bills, but I guess the their (union appointed)lawyers would warn that it would make them look like they were admitting guilt. Maybe the parents can demand part of the settlement be that each and every cop involved post a picture of this child on their locker. First thing they see before every shift, and last thing they see at night.

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          • Songtan1 says:

            Wouldn’t the city be obligated to pay the hospital expenses??? Wasn’t it their SWAT team that caused the injuries???

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            • yankeeintx says:

              So far they have claimed that it wasn’t their fault. I am willing to bet a court will find differently.

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            • Stormy says:

              You have the right to remain silent; anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?

              It looks like the guilty parties have invoked their right to remain silent and speak to an attorney. The judge needs to go, too.

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              • Josh says:

                The guilty parties have already spoken thereby giving up their 5th amendment rights (as I understand it).

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                • yankeeintx says:

                  Yes, what they said can be used against them. I don’t think you forfeit your 5th amendment rights unless you make a statement while under oath.

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  6. Shannon says:

    The article said the family has no insurance and has set up a fund to help with the baby’s medical expenses. Somehow I don’t think hospital bills are going to be an issue. I imagine the lawyers are lining up; I hope so anyway.
    Prayers that the baby survives and still has his hearing and sight. That photo is haunting.

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    • jello333 says:

      Oh Shannon, I hadn’t read your comment before posting mine above. I was thinking the same thing…

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      • Shannon says:

        My first thought when I heard about this was to wonder about his sight & hearing and pray he was facing away from the explosion.
        It’s so terrifically sad, and worrisome, that this can happen in the US. When it gets to the point when a baby isn’t safe from the law (who should be protecting him) in his crib, who is safe?

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  7. Menagerie says:

    So lets have a meaningful discussion. How do we stop this? I don’t know but I am willing to actually do something. What? What are we all going to do to stop these jackboots?

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    • jello333 says:

      If you come up with something, I’m in.

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    • Fudge says:

      The people that live in these areas need to start disappearing these fascist bastards.

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      • Menagerie says:

        I had in mind real actions, not someone snapping off idiot comments about murder. Thanks so much for contributing to the discussion.

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        • yankeeintx says:

          I think the people should start by getting the resignation of the Chief of Police, then find out what judge signed off on the warrant. No Knock Warrants require an additional level of probably cause, why wasn’t any surveillance done?

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          • sundance says:

            Yes, good point. We need to do some research on this and help drop links. Yes, we need to identify the judge.

            We also need to identify the judges in our local communities and send them this story about consequences from “no-knock raids”.

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          • jello333 says:

            They try to justify stuff like this by saying, “We’re just trying to get the bad guys.” Well I’m sorry, but if we’re just talking about your typical drug user or even low-level dealer (non-violent ones, at least), then we need to reconsider the “bad guys” scale. I mean, when it comes to “bad guys” your average non-violent drug offender isn’t even in the same neighborhood of “bad guy”ness as are cops that are willing to do stuff like this.

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            • yankeeintx says:

              The ‘bad guy” they were after wasn’t even home at the time. Who was in charge of surveillance? Was it the plan to wait while he was away? Did the undercover cop report weapons in the home? Was it worth it?

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              • jello333 says:

                Most undercover cops (“narcs” for want of a better word) are very near the bottom of the humanity barrel in my book. When my sons were teenagers, they knew this kid who was always getting himself in trouble with other kids. Had no friends, and most other kids were always on the verge of pounding his face in. This was because the kid liked to “snitch” on others. But what we didn’t know at first was that it wasn’t his idea…. he was being put up to it by some local cops! Yep, this 16-yr-old kid (15 when it started) was being trained to narc out other kids. Never mind the fact that it caused him to be a total outcast, and especially that it put him and other kids IN DANGER. The local cops saw nothing wrong with that. It only stopped when some of us PARENTS got the kid and his mother aside and warned them just how dangerous AND immoral it all was. Needless to say, the cops were not happy with us after that.

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                • yankeeintx says:

                  If something had happened to that boy, the cops would have denied everything. He missed out on a lot of the normal relationship with friends, and the cops don’t care they were destroying his life, as long as it kept their numbers up. It is just disgusting.

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                • jello333 says:

                  We saw him several years later just by chance, when he was in his mid-20s. He remembered us and came up and talked with us like we were dear friends. We didn’t talk about what had gone on years earlier, but it was pretty obvious that he was no longer like he used to be. Not to take too much credit, but I kinda think my wife and I, along with our kids and several other kids and parents “saved” this kid. If not from physical harm, at least from a life as a pariah.

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        • michellc says:

          I think every time we hear of one of these no-knock warrants going badly, we should find out what judge signed the warrant, the chief of police or sheriff and all who were just following orders. We then need to figure out a way to inform the locals and figure out how to put pressure on all involved to resign, when they don’t then we need to educate the locals on how to vote the judge and chief of police or sheriff out of their position. Those men following orders need to have their names splashed everywhere.

          Until they know the people are serious and aren’t going to sit back and allow it anymore, nothing will change.

          Then we need to figure out how to broaden that to the national level because often it’s feds involved as well if not feds leading the charge.

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          • jello333 says:

            Good ideas. And I’m reminded of the sarcastic line about the book “1984”…. that it was meant to be a cautionary tale, not an instruction manual (as some have used it as in recent years). Similarly for Waco and the way half of law enforcement (from the Feds on down) deal with arrests, raids, etc. You’d think Waco would have been a lesson of how NOT to do things…. but….

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            • michellc says:

              At some point I think we have to stop thinking they’re just bumbling idiots and start thinking they may really enjoy it.

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    • sundance says:

      I think the first thing we need to do is contact the Georgia people responsible for this and let them know the nation is aware, and we are watching.

      It would also be beneficial to send this story (pick the best MSM article to cite) to YOUR local law enforcement, city, county and state. [Chief of Police, County Sheriff, and head of State Troopers]. With a courteous note that lessons should be considered and policy reviewed.

      Then contact YOUR local congresscritter and express your concern and worry. Make the outreach personal and include your opinion of the consequences.

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      • Jim says:

        BattlefieldUSA covers stories like this. He would be a good person to coordinate with.

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      • Spar Harmon says:

        Thank you, those are some steps I can actually take here. There are good people here in those positions you suggest. Local media are hopeless. Our sheriff in this county is excellent. I’m on it.
        The picture of that kid is a very powerful inducement to thoughtfulness rather than outraged rage…

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    • ctdar says:

      Outlaw “no knock” warrants.

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      • jello333 says:

        Agree, for 99.9% of the cases. Unless it’s someone who is extremely and IMMINENTLY dangerous to the public, and unless the cops KNOW such an operation will endanger NOBODY else (except themselves and the suspect), then they should be outlawed. I mean this better be a REALLY bad person they’re after, not just some stupid dude selling meth to narcs. But of course such rules would cut the number of no-knock raids down to almost zero…. which would be met with loud and prolonged whining from most law enforcement agencies.

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      • yankeeintx says:

        My ex was a cop (in the military). They have EST (Emergency Service Teams). They get an adrenalin rush when called. It is an addiction. (and IMO, part of the reason there is a high percentage of police officers involved in domestic violence and alcoholism) I think in a hostage case, having a SWAT team can make a difference, but we need to stop feeding the addiction to power and control. We need to weight the pro’s and con’s and realize that too many innocent people are getting hurt, and saying they are sorry doesn’t cut it. I would think the taxpayers would be sick of paying for their mistakes in the form of lawsuits.

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      • sundance says:

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        • yankeeintx says:

          Based on a tip from a confidential informant! Originally, they claimed it was an undercover cop, but now we find out it was based on a tip! Did anyone bother to verify the information? You’re right, we need to see that warrant.

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          • sundance says:

            See below (link from Nivico). The Sheriff needs to get his stories straight.. I’ve seen the article about the undercover police officer too.

            Nothing about the police side of this story is passing the sniff test.

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  8. hethatseekstruth says:

    I have been a long time reader of this site in the shadows ever since hearing of the Zimmerman incident and trying to wade through all of the msm coverup to spread the truth to those around me, helping move them into the light of what is truly happening to this country.
    This story has finally made me comment due to the fact a similar incident just happened in Tampa as well. A male in his late twenties I believe, had an undercover operation against him netting four marijuana buys by an informant. The police then went and did a no knock raid in the middle of the night (picked the locks) and knowing the male owned a gun rushed in and he is now dead. The police say he pointed the gun at them but from all indications of the persons character (no priors and well respected) the story seems like them saying the key words to make it justified. As I listened to this story on the radio and the males brother called in to inform the host of the truth behind the situation, just to have the host only side with the police and how they don’t do things like that, all I could do was yell at the radio until I had to switch it off.
    It is truly sad that people cannot see what is happening all around them and continue to act like all is well and that our government and the police and such would never do anything like this.
    I started to notice the decline in the system while in the Navy which prompted me to discharge from the military and never look back. And from what my friends that are still in tell me, I couldn’t have left at a better time.(2005)
    My question is what do we do from here? I tell my wife of everything that is happening and she just has the genpop mentality of, well that sucks but what are YOU going to do to change any of this? Everyday that passes just makes things more frustrating feeling like nothing can ever fix what is happening.
    The only thing I am glad of is the fact I have the ability to hunt my own food, cook over a fire, and fix most anything electrical or mechanical if need be.
    I would also like to take time thanking everyone that contributes to this site as it has become a place to come to for news that happens to ‘not be seen/covered up’ by the msm. I would like to think of this as a first of many posts to the treehouse and once again thank you all for all of the hard work that goes into this site and uncovering the coverups.

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  9. Rachelle says:

    Many years ago a ‘no knock’ raid was as an unusual expedient that had to be justified as an exception to normal, civilized police practice. Now they are common and, one suspects, done to justify budgets for SWAT teams rather than any because of any real need. They are making life more dangerous for ordinary citizens and, probably, more dangerous for the police as well. Even the Gestapo knocked on the door, and that was more than enough. The police in America need to stop acting like a military force seizing enemy occupied territory or the public will begin to see them as the enemy.

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  10. Right, Rachelle – those raids are done to justify budgets, but also, as mentioned above, to get that adrenaline rush again. What happened here and elsewhere is a true tragedy.
    That said, I’d like to mention that meth is a really, really, really bad drug. I covered a trial about a murder done by two meth users that made me physically ill for several days.
    To the question – what can we do? One thing is to urge strongly and publicly that no-knock raids be curtailed and done primarily in hot pursuit. Didn’t the news story say an undercover cop had bought meth from the guy they were chasing? Why wait until the middle of the night to arrest him? Doesn’t make sense. Something smells here.

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    • michellc says:

      The problem with meth though is it can be made on the side of the road or under a bridge like happened not far from me long ago. Cops had the road blocked and were forcing everyone to detour because they had discovered a meth lab under a bridge.

      I’ve watched my state crack down on meth, to only see the meth problem grow. It seems the more they crack down the bigger the problem gets. I don’t have the answers, but I do know what they’re doing isn’t working.
      No-knock warrants have hurt far too many innocent people and when innocent people who often aren’t even involved are being hurt, the smart thing if we had smart people in government is to back away and say we have a problem, so we need to stop what we’re doing and look at a different way.

      Meth is scary and dangerous, especially when you can’t even drive down a rural road without worrying about a lab under the bridge, but our LE and their no-knock warrants are also scary and dangerous.

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  11. sundance says:

    Please SEE UPDATE ! @10:20 pm

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    • ctdar says:

      Go after the police hammer and tong.

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      • sundance says:

        I’m on it….

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      • Stormy says:

        Origin of “hammer and tongs” :
        It turns out that the term originated in the seventeenth century and is, predictably, a phrase originally applied to the work of a blacksmith. It was meant to indicate that the smithy went “at it” with great vigor, pounding a hot piece of metal he was holding with a pair of tongs. There was nothing gentle about it. The blacksmith needed to accomplish his shaping of the metal while it was hot, and the project required force and accuracy.
        -the penultimate word blog

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        • ctdar says:

          I’ve actually taken a course in blacksmithing, complete with a 2000′ oven; it was hot, smoky, physically demanding and I set my jacket on fire.
          No I did not see FDR.
          But I came out of the weekend course with some cast iron “S” hooks and a neat fireplace poker 😃

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    • jello333 says:

      Thank you Sundance.

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  12. Sam says:

    May God bless and heal that poor little boy. The increasing militarization of police forces is a very disturbing trend. Cops, especially SWAT, view themselves as “operators” akin to Army Special Forces and Navy SEALs. But they are not and shouldn’t be. Special Operations troops train constantly while SWAT teams train much less frequently. More importantly, cops police their fellow citizens, not enemies the US has declared war against. Cops put much less due diligence in the form of intelligence gathering and planning into their raids. And it shows.

    We can write polite letters of protest to the judges, chiefs of police and especially to the city councils and local news media. We can also write or speak to our own local city councils about how they plan to avoid such tragedies in our own communities. Politicians may or may not listen, but we can try.

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  13. michellc says:

    Thank you Sundance, now we know it was the wrong house and a baby may lose his life over it.

    When people have a false sense of security that their local cops won’t follow orders to take their guns or load them up on the train cars, they need to look at this little baby.
    Randy Weaver and Waco survivors can tell you the feds will follow orders.

    Military training over our cities should clue you in that there’s a pretty good chance some of our military will follow orders.

    Folks need to really look at who they’re voting for when it comes to your sheriff and police chief and ask yourself if you trust them with your life and your family’s life.

    I’m sorry for getting off subject, but these things always bring my greatest concern to the surface.

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  14. yankeeintx says:

    I wonder if there was some way to pass a law or city ordinance that all lawsuit payouts will come directly from the Police pension funds. Cops would make sure all the information contained in warrants was fully vetted. They would also police their own to make sure their brothers were towing the line. After watching their pension funds dwindle, they might get the idea that the taxpayers are sick of paying for their mistakes.

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  15. Stormy says:

    “The father of the little boy is the sister of the suspects mother.”
    How can the father be a sister?

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  16. CrankyinAZ says:

    That poor precious baby… 😦 This whole thing just makes me sick.. and very, very angry.

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  17. Sundance, thanks again for educating us on topics we – well, I – know way too little.

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  18. Stormy says:

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    • sundance says:

      GREAT NEWS ! This is a situation that needs an attorney to represent this family.

      When I read the response from the GBI to the father, I was hopeful they would get legal assistance.

      Thank you Stormy for finding and sharing this important update. I think most of us would agree this family needs ongoing legal support.

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      • Stormy says:

        update :
        The case is now being investigated by the Habersham County District Attorney.

        Habersham County District Attorney Brian Rickman will review everyone who entered the home and everyone who was inside the home during the raid.

        Friday, the toddler’s mother said the outlook is grim for her little boy.

        “The nurse explained it to me. His laceration on his chest is pretty deep, down to the muscle. They can’t close it up yet because all of the charring from the explosion,” she said.

        The Phonesavanh family has hired an attorney who has asked for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the case and immediate suspension of the deputies involved.

        http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/da-investigating-swat-raid-critically-injured-todd/nf95Z/

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        • Josh says:

          “…and immediate suspension of the deputies involved.”
          Eff the suspensions!! FIRE THEM ALL including their superior!

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  19. Stormy says:

    “It landed in his playpen and exploded on his pillow right in his face,” his mother told a local television network. The TV station decided not to show “most of the photos” of the child due to the “graphic nature of the child’s injuries.”

    http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/toddler-critically-burned-during-swat-raid/nf9SJ/

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    • The All Real Numbers Symbol says:

      Maybe I’m just wrong, but I think they should show those pictures. I’m sure the FCC would scream about it, but pictures of the brutality done to this child shown to the public at large would probably go a long way towards making people sit up and pay attention to stories like this.

      And I hate that it sounds like I want to exploit this child, because I don’t, but I daresay there’s a need for direct evidence of what happens when the police double down on stupid. It’s insanity that these people did no research at all on this tipster or on the house before they kicked in the door and tossed a grenade in the crib.

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      • jello333 says:

        Yes, show the pictures of the little kid…. and in a split-screen also show the faces of each and every cop that was involved in this raid. I mean their official police ID pics or whatever…. smiling, preferably.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      “They arrested Wanis Thometheva, 30, during the raid.” No, they didn’t. The police said they didn’t see the van with all the baby stuff in it. Yeah, right. And, the police chief said the mother said she had seen suspicious activity in the home. I can’t wait to hear her part of the story.

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      • jello333 says:

        But again I’ll say, these types of raids should be outlawed. Unless the person they’re after is EXTREMELY and IMMINENTLY dangerous to the public AND there’s no other way to get him/her…. AND unless it’s certain that no “innocents” will be put in danger by such a raid…. yeah, these should be absolutely illegal!

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  20. nivico says:

    http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/da-investigating-swat-raid-critically-injured-todd/nf95Z/

    Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said the man the warrant was for is Wanis Thometheva, 30, who he called a known methamphetamine dealer. Terrell said his deputies had been to the home before.

    “It was related with drugs. He supposedly pistol-whipped a gentleman with an assault rifle. An AK-47. We never recovered the assault rifle. We did recover some other weapons when he was arrested the first time,” Terrell said.

    That arrest happened in October. Neighbors told Channel 2’s Wendy Corona that activity at the home slowed after the arrest.

    Terrell said a confidential informant bought drugs in the very room where the grenade went off and said there was no trace of a crib or children just hours before the incident.

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    http://abc7chicago.com/news/toddler-severely-burned-in-drug-raid-in-georgia/86173/

    In an interview with investigators, the toddler’s mother said she knew methamphetamine was being sold out of the home and tried to keep her four children away from any drugs or drug activity, Terrell said.

    If there had been any indication that there were children in the house, the officers would have used a different door and would not have used the flash grenade, Terrell said.

    The officers were looking for Wanis Thonetheva, 30, who lives at the home with his mother and had recently sold drugs to an informant at the house, the sheriff said. A judge granted them a no-knock warrant because Thonetheva had a recent prior arrest involving a gun and drugs, Terrell said.

    When the officers arrived at the home, they found the door locked and used a ram to get it open enough to toss in the flash grenade, Terrell said.

    The officers then pushed their way in and found the injured child in a playpen that had been pushed up against the door, Terrell said. A medic with the team took the child, who was taken to Atlanta for treatment.

    Thonetheva was not at the home, but officers found methamphetamine residue and drug paraphernalia in his room, Terrell said.

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    • sundance says:

      Well this is 180 degrees divergent from both a local reporter and a neighbor I spoke with.

      ….”Thonetheva was not at the home, but officers found methamphetamine residue and drug paraphernalia in his room, Terrell said”….

      They were all in the same room so what’s the Sheriff talking about ?

      …..”He supposedly pistol-whipped a gentleman with an assault rifle”…

      This statement is from a Sheriff ? ….”supposedly”…. ? WTF ?

      ….”Terrell said a confidential informant bought drugs in the very room where the grenade went off and said there was no trace of a crib or children just hours before the incident”…

      This smells like total BS. Sounds to me like there’s some major police cover-up type justifications in the works.

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      • nivico says:

        Here’s a video of the accompanying news report… the police claim they had been called to the home before in October of 2013. The reporter also states that she spoke with neighbors about that incident and they told her that activity at the house (drug traffic?) had slowed down afterwards.

        http://www.myajc.com/videos/news/suspect-wanted-in-raid-that-left-baby-severly/vCcZ3W/

        Here’s another video discussing how members of the SWAT team had lied to obtain a no-knock warrant 8 years ago… so yeah, it’s hard to trust that they’re being honest this time around.

        http://www.myajc.com/videos/news/no-knock-warrants-vital-in-police-investigations/vCcZ3Y/

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        • sundance says:

          Step One – We need to see the warrant. We need to see what the justification was claimed to be -for the raid- prior to the event.

          Then we need to compare the actual truth, the known reasonable factor, of the environment to the facts that were used to get the “no knock” warrant.

          Obviously the police were *NOT* watching the house prior to the raid. Simply if they had been they would have identified who was inside and generally who they were.

          It’s ridiculous to go and get a warrant for a SWAT execution “no knock raid” on a residence NOT under surveillance, and then just randomly show up at 3am and expect the subject of the warrant to be present.

          The families lawyer is gonna have a field day with this Sheriffs justification – especially if it does not hold scrutiny to what the police told a judge (which at this cursory overview point it does not).

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    • jello333 says:

      You know what? I couldn’t care less! I don’t care if the guy they were after was the scum of the earth. We must NOT let the cops and the media turn this around into “it’s his fault!” The blame needs to stay exactly where it belongs: The brownshirts (and their enablers such as the judge) who invaded this home in this inherently dangerous (often DEADLY) manner…. for whatever reason.

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  21. Sha says:

    The picture of that baby’s face makes me so angry I can’t even find the words……….. 😦

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    • Coast says:

      Same here.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      They said they won’t show other pictures because they are too graphic. The public needs to see graphic of this precious child injured by the police. They should cry., They should get angry.

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      • Sha says:

        How do you teach children to ” think ” before they act when the police don’t even do it. 😦
        They had to know someone was going to get hurt.

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    • Stormy says:

      The flash bang also blew a hole in the baby’s chest… the photos of that wound are what we are not seeing.

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      • Sha says:

        I would be dead today if that where my grand child or my children or for that fact any child in my care because I would have lost my mind and they would have shoot me dead. When it comes to a child my protective side is in over drive.

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  22. Daniel says:

    Federal Government trains and encourages this. They come dressed to the party in attire appropriate for the type of party they plan to have. There’s the knock-out game and the no-knock game. Both seem to target innocent people.

    The purpose of the second amendment has never made itself more obvious in modern times. And unlike those who seek to water down the second amendment, the right to keep and bear arms equal to those who would [illegally/inappropriately] use them against us, the problem staring us right in the face has never in modern times made it more obvious.

    The violence is escallating. Why? Who are the parties is escallating it? Common working people? No. Is crime getting worse? Actually, no. What is changing? Government and media is changing.

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  23. rmnewt says:

    again we see that when the dust settles and rationale thought takes over, we dont see apologies from the authorities, we dont see changes in policies, we dont see people held accountable, we dont see the truth.
    In my opinion the incident of that night should of course be investigated and people should be held accountable; however, false statements after the fact (cover up), follow-on attacks of the family (diversion), and other criminal behavior by the authorities should be prosecuted with even greater vigor.
    We can see clearly what they are doing. Lets paint this relative as the worlds worst drug dealer, enemy of the state, and evil doer. Traces of drugs and paraphernalia do not a major pusher make.
    The police effort to characterize someone that wasnt even there appears to pressure the family to accept a plea deal for some exaggerated or fabricated charge and then maybe pay them off with no admission of guilt. Will be interesting to see the original warrant and evidence.
    And of course the kicker, so one little child gets marred for life or killed.
    Again, I get mistakes, but I dont get, nor should any American accept evil/criminal government.

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  24. Josh says:

    Chief Joey Terrell explains
    RAW VIDEO: Habersham County sheriff explains raid where baby injured by stun grenade
    http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/raw-video-habersham-county-sheriff-explains-raid/vCcXcN/
    Sorry if this has already been posted

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    • Josh says:

      Oops – Sheriff Joey Terrell of Habersham County explains
      (I’m sorry but this Sheriff don’t look none too bright)

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    • Josh says:

      If I were the legal team for the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, I’d tell this Sheriff to shut-up. Thank goodness he’s speaking though. He laughs, at least, twice during this interview. He’s obviously quite nervous.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        I am having trouble listening to him because he is making me mad. I find it hard to believe what he is saying. One thing he said is that the mother didn’t speak English (“hardly at all” is what I believe he said). And, they interviewed the mother and she speaks better English than that sheriff. I think he should probably shut up, too.

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      • sundance says:

        This guy is ALL over the Map with his statements…. Keep talking…. Keep talking….

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  25. Josh says:

    JUSTICE FOR 19-MONTH-OLD FLASHBANG VICTIM? HABERSHAM D.A. [BRIAN RICKMAN] WILL REVIEW CASE
    http://michaelgraham.com/justice-for-19-month-old-flashbang-victim-habersham-d-a-will-review-case/

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  26. Sha says:

    Maybe I’m just losing my mind (it feels that way a lot lately ) but I can’t understand why it’s o.k for people who are suppose to be on the right side of the law to be able to be just as bad or worse than the people they are taking off the streets.(breaking laws, lying,cheating, stealing, killing) How do you justify being everything your suppose to be fighting against.

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  27. Josh says:

    “POLICE in Michigan RAIDED A HOME looking for cocaine, drug money and weapons. THE MAN THEY WERE LOOKING FOR was a prior tenant of the rental property and HAD MOVED OUT A YEAR EARLIER.

    Kids ‘Traumatized’ After SWAT Team Mistakenly Raids, Ransacks Home [2014-May-06]
    http://snellville.patch.com/groups/trending-in-america/p/kids-traumatized-after-swat-team-mistakenly-raids-ransacks-home13707752

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  28. Josh says:

    userbronco May 31, 2014 at 01:14 PM
    “this is the same bunch of cops that killed pastor Jonathan Ayres in Stephens County a couple of years ago. Deputy Chance Oxner and Billy Shane Harrison shot the unarmed Ayres in the back. and Deputy Harrison had not completed his required training to even be a cop, the sheriff, Randy Shirley knew this and had another deputy falsify the training records Ayres widow recently won a $2.2 million lawsuit against the thugs at the Stephens County … Sheriffs Dept. nothing but thugs with a badge. goons who can get away with murder simply because of the costume they wear to work. stupid … cops didnt know the guy they were hunting wasnt even there. some real bright detectives on the payroll at Habersham County , and to watch the Sheriff up there saying they didnt do anything wrong! … “
    http://snellville.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/toddler-in-coma-after-police-grenade-detonates-in-crib58635

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  29. Josh says:

    Target of Warrant Could be Charged For Injuries to Toddler

    “Terrell has insisted his officers and those of the local police department did nothing wrong and blamed the target of the warrant (not found at the house that was invaded) on the attack on the toddler. A chief assistant district attorney for the county, J. Edward Staples, says the target of the warrant could in fact be charged for the injuries the sheriff’s deputies caused the toddler. In an obvious attempt to immunize himself and his office from liability, the sheriff has claimed the situation was unavoidable even as he attempted to offer reassurances that his SWAT team would be more diligent in the future.”

    Sheriff in Burned Baby Raid Wants Your Prayers; Target of Warrant Could Be Charged For Injuries to Toddler
    http://reason.com/blog/2014/05/30/sheriff-in-burned-baby-raid-wants-your-p?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reason%2FHitandRun+%28Reason+Online+-+Hit+%26+Run+Blog%29

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    • rmnewt says:

      “A chief assistant district attorney for the county, J. Edward Staples, says the target of the warrant could in fact be charged for the injuries the sheriff’s deputies caused the toddler. ”
      The gall of these people. Why cant they simply admit they screwed this up and that it is a wake up call for them? They should admit they need to make major changes to their processes and that innocent children (or anyone for that matter), sleeping soundly in their cribs should never be harmed by overzealous police and now an overzealous DA. The low level drug dealer did not hurt this child, it was SWAT. C’mon J Edward, you need a new job.

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  30. sundance says:

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  31. Stormy says:

    The MSM is picking up the story… from ABC News:

    “It was a big flash, a loud bang, a bunch of yelling, and my son screaming,” the boy’s mom, Alecia Phonesavanh, 27, told ABC News.

    “Two of my other girls were next to my husband. There was a member of the SWAT team pinning him down, another man had my son who was screaming and crying,” Phonesavanh said.

    “At that time I didn’t see his playpen, but I kept telling him to ‘Please just give him to me,’” Phonesavanh said of 19-month-old son Bounkham. “‘He’s just scared.’”

    According to Phonesavanh, authorities reassured her that everything was fine, “‘He’s okay, he’s just fine, there’s nothing wrong with him,’” she recalled through tears.

    “They lied to me. They kept telling me my son was okay,” she said. “When I saw his playpen I just about threw up. I got really sick, I was so scared.” …

    The Phonesavanhs have been staying at their relative’s home for two months.

    Authorities did not make any arrests, nor did they find anything at the house during the raid.

    The nephew had been kicked out of the house and when he started coming and going, Phonesavanh said the family grew worried.

    “We were trying to get out as soon as I knew what was going on,… we just wanted to get out,” Phonesavanh said. The family was planning on leaving the home the next morning.

    “My son’s old playpen was right outside because we were getting ready to leave, we were going to throw it away… it was very, very visible,” Phonesavanh said.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/05/baby-in-coma-after-police-grenade-dropped-in-crib-during-drug-raid/

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