Posted: Saturday, June 7th 2014 at 12:31pm
Citizens rally for injured toddler
By Brian Stewart Staff
CLARKESVILLE, GA - Around 40 people stood and held signs in downtown Clarkesville at a rally for 19-month-old "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh Saturday.
Some of the signs included "Stop the war on people" and "Pray for baby Bou Bou."
People came from as far as away as Perry, Georgia, which is about 185 miles south of Clarkesville.
Some came specifically for "Bou Bou" and others came because they're opposed to the war on drugs, like Chris Bessette, who lives in Rabun County.
"People should be able to make their own choices about their own health and not have to be injured or killed while making those choices," said Bessette. "I'm [in favor of] ending the drug war in general, on top of helping this particular child."
Lafaye Murphy lives in White County, and she says she came out to support "Bou Bou" and to oppose Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell.
"If they would have done their homework [before the drug raid], they would have known there were children inside," said Murphy. "Now they're trying to blame the family, and it's not their fault."
The crowd did get some heckling from passing cars.
Some of the shouts included "support our sheriff" and "you can't clean up these drugs by yourself."
The sheriff's office has maintained that they did nothing wrong, and didn't have knowledge that a child was inside the house.
The case is now being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Phonesavanh is currently at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
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