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BREAKING: Police Officer Found “Justified” in Killing of Sylasone Bong Ackhavong

“On April 19th, 2016, a Laotian refugee who appeared to be experiencing mental health issues was shot and killed by the SWAT team in Charlotte. His name was Sylasone “Bong” Ackhavong and he was 41 years old. Bong’s family had no idea about the details of his death until a CMPD officer met them to tell them more, a few months after his death. At that time, the family learned that CMPD was investigating the shooting themselves, and they requested that the investigation be taken over by the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI). Yesterday, January 4th, 2017, Bong’s family met with the district attorney to hear the results of the investigation. The SBI decided that SWAT Officer O.M. Lester was justified in shooting, and killing, Bong and that he will not be prosecuted for his actions.” via Southeast Asian Coalition #JusticeforBong Here’s the full statement from the Ackhavong family: LLOTP will update as more information becomes available. Other media coverage (read with critical lens):  

10 Things President Obama Should Do in Laos

Well, this is a first for a United States president. Earlier this week, President Obama announced that he’ll visit Laos by end of 2016. Just in time for the ASEAN economic summit that Laos is hosting as current chair and member.  After White House National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes visited Laos to learn about the UXO issue and after the memorable visit by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton– it was only time before POTUS himself would make an appearance. As the pivot towards economically-booming Southeast Asia continues and on the heels of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, this will no doubt seal President Obama’s legacy before his term ends. We could be biased but while we know that Laos is quite arguably the coolest place to be in Southeast Asia, a lot can change in the course of one year before the POTUS visits. We know he’s a busy man, so we conjured up some to-do’s for his staffers to use. Here’s a fun list of “10 Things President Obama Should Do in Laos”. Take a stroll along …