Remember that horrifying case in Georgia where police served a no-knock warrant, threw a flash bang grenade into a baby’s crib and nearly killed him? Now the county is refusing to pay the medical expenses for that child, saying that’s somehow against the law.
Officials in a Georgia county are refusing to pay medical expenses for a toddler badly injured during a police raid on the home where the boy was staying.
Bounkham Phonesavanh was hospitalized for weeks in a burn unit after a SWAT officer tossed a flash grenade into his crib during a no-knock raid May 28 in Habersham County.
The 19-month-old suffered serious wounds, including a hole in his chest that exposed his ribs, and burns to his face and chest when the grenade detonated just inches away from him as he slept…Officials in Habersham County, which conducted the drug raid, have turned down the family’s request to pay for the boy’s medical bills, saying they’re not allowed to help.
“The question before the board was whether it is legally permitted to pay these expenses,” county attorney Donnie Hunt said in a statement. “After consideration of this question following advice of counsel, the board of commissioners has concluded that it would be in violation of the law for it to do so.”
But the Phonesavanh family isn’t satisfied with the decision or the explanation, their attorney said.
The attorney said an independent investigation in June found the county used faulty information to obtain the search warrant, and the county continues to examine its handling of the case.
Funny how the illegal part of this isn’t the SWAT raid on a non-violent family but doing the right thing to fix their mistake.