Here’s a few fun facts about the incident that wounded “Bou-bou” Phonesavanh.
- The individual who threw the grenade in Georgia had no such flash-bang certification. Neither did any of the SWAT members.
- The thrower had not had any formal training on how to use the grenade, or its capabilities.
- He’d never thrown one before.
- The individual never looked in the room, but threw the grenade blind into the toddler’s crib.
- The SWAT members didn’t just lie to the child’s stressed-out mother, Alecia Phonesavanh. They also lied to their superiors about the incident. Many departments will countenance the former, but not many have much toleration for the latter. (There’s also some question of the integrity of the officers in charge, who have previously been found to falsify records in other cases).
- The SWAT team was all new and had conducted almost no individual and collective training.
- They claimed they “knew” there were no children in the house, but no policeman had been in the house, and even their informant had not been inside. They actually had to move a baby stroller and walk past a minivan with four child seats to stack up on the house. Four child seats and a stroller are what an intelligence officer might call “indicators.”
- News stories say the target of the raid was arrested “later,” but supposedly the investigation has uncovered that he was already in custody when the raid initiated. So the raid took place to grab a guy who was already in the back of a cruiser elsewhere. “Why waste a good (?) raid plan?” seems to have been their rationale.
Start prosecuting and firing people. From the bastards who faked records to the incompetent fools on the team(whatta you wanna bet they refer to themselves as 'operators'?) to the supervisors and officers who knew they weren't qualified to be doing this. Every damned one of them.