Police looking for a murder suspect on May 16th threw a “flash grenade” into 7-year-old Aiyana Jones’ home, which they apparently followed up with bullets, because she ended up dead from a police bullet wound. There were three other young children inside.
How reasonable were these police actions? How avoidable was this killing? A relative outside the home told police before the violence that there were children inside. There were children’s toys strewn across the front lawn. Also, police had been surveilling the home for several hours, and surely would have noticed that it was occupied by four children.
It also appears that the residence under suspicion wasn’t even Aiyana’s… it was her upstairs neighbor’s.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s response is to ban television crews from filming police raids. I’m assuming that’s because he is concerned that there is incontrovertible evidence about Aiyana’s slaughter, and so police involvement cannot be covered up. Priorities, priorites. Let’s get this mayor an award!
Sign a petition demanding a civil rights investigation into Aiyana’s killing.