DETROIT — A lawyer for the family of a 7-year-old girl slain during a weekend raid at their Detroit home said yesterday that video footage contradicts the Police Department’s version of events.
Paper always gives you the police story first.
Geoffrey Fieger said the video shows that police fired into the home at least once after lobbing a flash grenade through a window. He said that contradicts the department’s explanation that an officer’s gun fired during a confrontation with a resident inside the home.
The cops lied? You're kidding!
Aiyana Jones, 7, was shot in the neck and died.
Police said they were trying to acquire the video shot by a television crew.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said yesterday that State Police will take over the investigation of the fatal shooting.
Aiyana was asleep on the living room sofa in her family’s apartment when Detroit police, searching for a homicide suspect, burst in and an officer’s gun went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck, family members said.
When her father, 25-year-old Charles Jones, rushed into the living room, police forced him to lie on the ground, with his face in his daughter’s blood, he said. “I’ll never be the same. That’s my only daughter,’’ Jones told WXYZ-TV.Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee said officers set off the flash grenade as they entered the apartment with their guns drawn about 12:40 a.m. Sunday with a warrant to look for a suspect in the Friday slaying of a 17-year-old boy.
And now an innocent 7-year-old girl is dead.
Anybody have any answers?
"Mayor says Detroit doesn’t know how to stop violence; City tense after police killing of 7-year-old" by Corey Williams, Associated Press | May 21, 2010
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — Mayor Dave Bing of Detroit said yesterday that the city has no answer to the recent spike in violence that has left at least 12 people dead, including a patrolman, two teenage males, a grandmother, the adult son of a police officer, and a 7-year-old girl....
How about reigning in your commando cop squads?
Tension after a Detroit police officer accidentally shot second-grader Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a raid early Sunday morning continues to hang over the city.
Police have said the officer’s gun discharged inside the house after he was jostled by, or collided with, the girl’s grandmother.
A lawyer for the family has filed two lawsuits in the case and contends that the shot was fired from outside on the porch.
Sort of vague descriptions there when there is a video showing the cops lied, MSM.
Both Bing and Police Chief Warren Evans have apologized to the girl’s family, and the Michigan State Police have launched an investigation into Aiyana’s death.
That would not be good enough for me.
Representative John Conyers, Democrat of Michigan, on Wednesday asked Attorney General Eric Holder to have the Justice Department look into the case and evaluate similar police raids, nationally.
“Too many people are pointing to the Police Department,’’ he said yesterday.
“I don’t think they are the problem. They have to be the solution.’’
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You are PART of the PROBLEM, John!
"Mourners attend 7-year-old’s funeral" by Associated Press | May 23, 2010
DETROIT — Hundreds of people turned out yesterday for the funeral of a 7-year-old Detroit girl killed in a police raid and were told they must help stop the violence that has recently swept the city. Civil rights activist Al Sharpton gave the eulogy for Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and called on the congregation gathered at Second Ebenezer Church to help stop violence.
They must stop the violence?
DETROIT — Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, already in state prison for probation violations stemming from his conviction for lying about an affair with his chief of staff, was indicted yesterday on federal fraud and tax charges for allegedly using his charity as a slush fund.
Federal prosecutors said the alleged scheme is related to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, a tax-exempt fund that was supposed to pay for voter education and other purposes. Instead, they said, the former mayor took cash payments from the fund for himself, friends, and relatives....
Color doesn't seem to matter when it comes to corruption!
Prosecutors accused Kilpatrick, a Democrat, of failing to report at least $640,000 in taxable income between 2003 and 2008, which includes money, private jet flights, and personal expenses paid by the civic fund.
The government said he used the money to pay for yoga and golf lessons, camp for his children, personal travel, moving expenses, and “countersurveillance and antibugging equipment.’’
He is just DOING what GOVERNMENT DOES!
Kilpatrick spokesman Mike Paul said the Kilpatrick family was aware that the indictment could be coming. He said it shows that after three years investigating Kilpatrick, federal officials did not charge him with public corruption linked to his job as mayor, proving that those allegations were only rumors.
So what is he trying to say? He's an angel?
And look at what they want to go after:
"Detroit prosecutor wants parents who miss school meetings jailed" by Associated Press | July 7, 2010
DETROIT — Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy is still working on the details, but once her proposal is finished, she hopes to present it to county commissioners in August and persuade them to approve an ordinance. Then, she may take it to state legislators.
It’s unlikely to quickly become an ordinance, because it would probably be challenged in court. Civil libertarians say it may be outside the law; even some teachers, who often spend several hours waiting for parents who don’t show up for the conferences, are skeptical.
“I understand the prosecutor’s concern, but jail time?’’ said Ann Crowley, a Detroit middle school teacher....--more--"
I have to get out of this city.
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Not that way.