Saturday, June 7, 2014
ATLANTA (AP) — Activists plan to hold a rally opposing "no-knock" warrants after a toddler was injured during a drug raid in northeast Georgia.
Nineteen-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh (BOON'-kahm fohn-SAH'-vahn) was severely injured by a flash grenade that landed in his playpen at home in Cornelia during the raid on May 28. The device creates a bright flash and loud bang to distract suspects.
The so-called "no-knock" warrants allow police to enter a location unannounced. They are intended to prevent evidence tampering and injuries to officers.
Authorities have said police didn't know children were inside the home when they entered in search of a drug suspect.
The rally is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Habersham County Courthouse in Clarkesville, Georgia.