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Injury to Janesville child may prompt change to Georgia law

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said Thursday he's open to discussing whether changes to state law are necessary regarding "no-knock" warrants, after a Janesville child was hurt while visiting family in the Atlanta area.

"It would be one of those things that I would be open to if there is sufficient evidence to indicate that it needs to be revisited and more appropriate standards and requirements put in place," Deal said, according to a report from WSB-TV in Atlanta.

A May 28 police raid in which 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh was severely injured by a flash grenade that landed in his playpen at home in Cornelia.

Gov. Deal said it might be something he refers to his Criminal Justice Reform Council for review, but adds that he wants to first see the results of an investigation into the case.

"Sometimes legislative bodies react too quickly without looking at the broader consequences of what legislative action might be," Deal said. "But on the same token, if the standards and the requirements are not appropriate then they should be adjusted accordingly."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case and the boy's family has asked for a federal probe.

"No-knock" warrant are intended to protect officers from dangerous suspects while preventing evidence tampering.

Authorities in Habersham County, where the raid occurred, have said officers were looking for a suspect who may have been armed and didn't know children were inside.



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