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One year later, questions persist in drug raid that maimed toddler

One year later, questions persist in drug raid that maimed toddler

Updated 4:10 p.m. — 

Newly released court documents reveal that Habersham County authorities believed they were not at fault in a botched drug raid that maimed a toddler and sparked a national debate over the militarization of police.

Instead, according to the defense’s response to allegations made in a federal lawsuit filed earlier this year by the parents of Bou Bou Phonesavanh, who barely survived after a flash bang grenade landed in his playpen one year ago Thursday, the “deliberate, criminal conduct of the plaintiffs” was to blame.

Bou Bou, now back in Wisconsin with his family, recently underwent his 12th surgery, his mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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One year later, questions persist in drug raid that maimed toddler

Updated 4:10 p.m. — 

Newly released court documents reveal that Habersham County authorities believed they were not at fault in a botched drug raid that maimed a toddler and sparked a national debate over the militarization of police.

Instead, according to the defense’s response to allegations made in a federal lawsuit filed earlier this year by the parents of Bou Bou Phonesavanh, who barely survived after a flash bang grenade landed in his playpen one year ago Thursday, the “deliberate, criminal conduct of the plaintiffs” was to blame.

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Alleged serial killer pleads not guilty to hairdresser’s murder

Updated 15 mins ago — 

Alleged serial killer Aeman Presley pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to charges stemming from the shooting death of a hairdresser on the downtown Decatur square.

A tentative date was also set for a separate trial in the death of a homeless man.

Earlier this year, a DeKalb County grand jury indicted Presley in connection with the Dec.


COUNTY BY COUNTY

Cobb agrees to fund police vehicle facility

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to spend $65,000 to begin work on a new fleet service facility on County Services Parkway to service the county’s new police cars.

The county has already acquired 30 more police cars and anticipate 300 more vehicles by the end of this year.

Of the $65,000, $50,000 will go to an architect for programming and a schematic design and $15,000 for soil testing and survey.

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How far away must I take a possum so it won’t come back to my garage and eat my cat’s food?

To the maniac in the Doraville Police car that speeds and tailgates on Ga. 78 each morning: I wish you’d find a new route to work. You’re going to kill someone.

Zero percent down and zero percent financing for 60 months and 107,000 miles later, I’m very happy and still driving a really nice car.


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