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Ex-Georgia Deputy Acquitted After Flash Bang Grenade Hurts Toddler



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    File photo of Bounkham Phonesavanh, center, better known as Baby Bou Bou, along with mother Alecia Phonesavanh, and father, also named Bounkham Phonesavanh, pose for a photo on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at 1st Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta. A jury acquitted a former Habersham County sheriff's deputy on a criminal charge stemming from an incident in which the little boy was badly injured during a drug raid in north Georgia in May 2014.

    A former Georgia deputy has been acquitted in federal court of lying to a judge in connection with a drug raid last year that left a toddler critically injured, NBC News reported.

    The case of then-19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh — known as "Baby Bou Bou"— drew intense criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union, which described the raid as a stark example of "systemic police militarization."

    Authorities were serving a late-night "no-knock" warrant on May 28, 2014, at a home where they believed Bou Bou's father's nephew, a suspected meth dealer, was staying when they lobbed a flash-bang grenade inside. The nephew wasn't home, and the grenade — designed to disorient its target — landed in Bou Bou's crib.

    Bou Bou was placed in a medically induced coma. His mother, Alecia, wrote in Salon that the grenade covered his body in burns and ripped "a hole in his chest that exposes his ribs."