Apparently there was a TV crew along for the raid Sunday night that cost a 7 year old girl her life. It has now come out that the account of the struggle with the woman is not accurate.
“There is no question about what happened because it’s in the videotape,” Fieger said. “It’s not an accident. It’s not a mistake. There was no altercation.”
“Aiyana Jones was shot from outside on the porch. The videotape shows clearly the officer throwing through the window a stun grenade-type explosive and then within milliseconds of throwing that, firing a shot from outside the home,” he said.
Any shooter will tell you that you always verify your target and what is beyond it! This man fired blindly into a house, and look what happened as a result. If I discharged my firearm in defense of myself and hit someone behind a wall my ass is in deep crap. Why, because I violated the rule previously mentioned. This man was in no immediate threat to life or limb, yet felt it necessary to discharge his firearm which then resulted in the death of this young girl.
SWAT teams serve a purpose, however they are often used in ways that are completely unnecessary. As Tam put it, SWATing flies with a hammer, and not doing so well. It appears that police departments nowadays will use any justification to bring out the SWAT team, at this point I believe to ensure that its funding is not cut. What better way to do this than make a show for the camera.
Two prominent criminal defense attorneys said they were unaware of past instances when Detroit police used flash grenades in raids when children were possibly present.
“That’s a new one,” said Detroit lawyer Corbett Edge O’Meara. “That does seem to be a pretty extreme measure. It doesn’t surprise me that the police had no concern whether they were endangering the lives of children when they made this raid.”
I find it doubly ironic that after this now infamous event they then charged the parents with child endangerment. Video of that raid. Police no longer have to fear the law because they are above it. The police no longer serve us, we are merely here for their amusement when they get bored.
I hope that officer is pleased with his actions and he is correctly charged and not shielded from his negligence just because he happens to be a police officer. I doubt it will happen, Lon Horiuchi got away with killing Vicki Weaver while she held her baby, why is this any different?