Federal Civil Rights Charges Filed in SWAT Raid That Maimed Baby | #JusticeForBouBou

Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh
Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh

I wrote earlier this year about the story of Baby “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh, a toddler who was disfigured and permanently injured by a stun grenade that landed in his playpen during the execution of a “no-knock” raid on the house where he and his family were staying. In the end, police had raided the wrong house, seeking a suspected drug dealer later arrested without violence at his actual place of residence. Bou Bou Phonesavanh was critically burned by the flashbang grenade and spent weeks in a medically induced coma; he continues to need surgeries and other medical care.

Earlier in the year, I wrote about the bizarre defense filed by police in response to a lawsuit brought on behalf of Baby Bou Bou, wherein police argue that the toddler was the one at fault for his disfigurement.

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