The family of a 7-year-old Detroit girl shot and killed by police is blaming then incident on the presence of camera crews filming police for a reality crime show.
As previously reported Aiyana Jones was killed Sunday when police barged into her family’s home searching for a homicide suspect.
After releasing a flash grenade which reportedly burned the child, an officer’s weapon accidentally discharged and fatally struck the child in the neck.
Detroit police spokesman John Roach has confirmed that the raid and attempted arrest were being filmed for an upcoming episode of A&E’s “First 48” television show.
Spokesman Roach told reporters that investigators would review the footage to determine what went wrong.
Attorney Kari Mitchell tells the Detroit News that the family of the little girl is placing blame on the cameras, saying that police “were excited; they were on TV…They didn’t have to throw a grenade through the front window when they knew there were children in there.”
Attorney Mitchell also adds,
“”We’re not indicating the officer’s actions were intentional. We know it was an accident, but the method that they used in executing the search warrant was flawed. The family understands that the officer is not a monster. He didn’t intentionally shoot a 7-year-old girl.”
Detroit police are continuing to dispute reports that neighbors told them there were children in the home and showed them toys in the family’s front yard.