Panic in Detroit?

Godbee said officers with the department’s Special Response Team set off a flash grenade as they entered …

State to probe girl’s slaying; lawyer disputes cops’ account

George Hunter, Doug Guthrie and Francis X. Donnelly / The Detroit News

Detroit — A high-profile attorney hired by relatives of a slain 7-year-old girl is questioning the chain of events that ended when a police officer shot Aiyana Jones as she slept on her living room couch.

Michigan State Police have launched a probe into the incident, which happened at 12:40 a.m. Sunday after officers hunting a murder suspect threw a flash grenade through the living room window and onto the sleeping child as TV cameras rolled.

The incident was captured by a crew from the true crime cable television show “The First 48.”

The incident has left the city, already reeling from a brutal two-week span of shooting deaths, searching for answers.

Civil rights advocates protested Monday and called for a federal probe into the slaying, while Mayor Dave Bing urged citizens to stand up against violence.

“This is a time for the community to come together,” Bing said. “We just can’t continue the massacre of our citizens.”

Southfield attorney Geoffrey Fieger questioned preliminary police accounts stating that the girl was killed when a bullet pierced her neck after an officer entered the home.

Fieger, who plans to file a lawsuit this morning, said he saw video showing that a bullet was fired from outside the house, before police ever entered the flat on Lillibridge on the city’s east side.

“It’s not an accident,” Fieger said. “It’s not a mistake. There was no altercation. The pictures don’t lie. It demonstrates conclusively, beyond a shadow of a doubt, what happened in this case.”

Detroit Police gave a different account of the events leading up to the girl’s death.

Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee said the officer who entered the home reportedly had physical contact with Aiyana’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones, before his gun discharged a single round.

Godbee called on Fieger to share whatever footage he had with investigators.

“If Mr. Fieger has access to anything that would be evidence in this case, he should, as an officer of the court, get it immediately to the Michigan State Police,” Godbee said in a written statement. …

Bing bans TV crews from cop raids

Detroit mayor says he was unaware of reality show deal and chides chief

George Hunter / The Detroit News

Detroit — Mayor Dave Bing said Monday he has banned reality television crews from tagging along with police units, and chided Police Chief Warren Evans for not telling him about the practice of allowing TV cameramen to join officers on raids. …

What the hell is wrong with this picture?
First, after two tours of military service, I know what a ‘Flash-Bang Grenade is, but I’ve never heard of just a ‘Flash Grenade’.
Is that like cameras popping and having your picture taken?
Or, is that the press’ way of hiding the real truth?
Police want to claim that it was only after a struggle that the gun went off.
How long was it between the ‘Flash Grenade’ and the shot being fired?
If it was less than one or two minutes, then the police officer was ‘struggling’  with a grandmother that was both blind and deaf, unable to hear commands or see who her attacker was.
In her mind she was most likely fighting for her life, if there really was a struggle at all.
Second, did the people in the apartment know the accused was even wanted?
Did they know they were ‘harboring a suspect’?
Third, did the police know there were children in the house as third parties claim, and if so, why didn’t they wait till the children were on their way to school before they stormed the house?
Fourth, if there is footage, and it shows the police to be covering up lies to protect themselves, WHAT RIGHT does the Mayor have to prevent this kind of evidence from being garnered in the future?
Voiding the filming of future police raids to prevent citizens from having truthful accounts of what happens, is totalitarianism at its worst.
This mayor should be immediately impeached, and replaced with one who has a better sense of what America is, and isn’t.

One Response to “Panic in Detroit?”

  1. ksteeldd Says:

    even the neighbors were outside telling the police that children were inside the house and not to shoot! once again act first and ask questions later…

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