When a SWAT team broke into a home as part of a 3 a.m. drug raid May 28, an officer threw a flashbang grenade into the home.
As Opposing Views reported, the grenade landed in Alecia Phonesavanh’s 19-month-old toddler’s crib.
At the time, Phonesavanh, her husband and their four children were living at her sister-in-law’s home in Atlanta, Ga. because their own home had burned down.
On the night of the incident, police targeted the house in an attempt to find drugs.
Not only was the person they were looking for not at the home, but no drugs were discovered during the raid.
“After the SWAT team broke down the door, they threw a flashbang grenade inside. It landed in my son’s crib,” Phonesavanh wrote in a piece published by Salon.
After the blast, Phonesavanh said that police wouldn’t permit her to see her son, or to even check on his condition. An officer carried her son out of the house, whereupon Phonsavanh discovered a pool of blood on the ground.
“My husband and I start freaking out – ‘Why is there blood all over the concrete? What happened? Where’s my son? What’s going on with him?’” the mother recounted of the terrifying incident.
Rather than being offered answers, however, Phonesavanh says that “at that point, we were told to shut up and sit down.”
The next time the mother saw her son, he was in the hospital in a coma.
Now, she says, “he has come a long way, but he has a very long way to go yet.”
“He has lost his left nipple from the explosion,” she explained. “He still has a pretty big hole in his chest.”
She added that she personally has not looked at his wound, noting, “I don’t think I could handle it. I would probably lose my mind as a mother.”
Phonesavanh has been speaking out about the incident in an attempt to raise awareness about such displays of power abuse by police.
“This is happening every day to people [who are] being relentlessly and unnecessarily militarized by police who think just because they’re supposed to be upholding the law, they are above the law themselves,” she said.