May 18th, 2010
11:18 AM ET

Family of Michigan girl killed in police raid files lawsuits

An attorney representing the family of a 7-year-old Detroit, Michigan, girl killed in a police raid filed lawsuits in state and federal courts Tuesday, accusing the police of a cover-up.

"This type of activity by a police force is unacceptable in America," said Michigan attorney Geoffrey Fieger at a news conference in his office. "What is equally unacceptable is the cover-up that has occurred."

Fieger said the lawsuits allege gross negligence, a violation of civil rights and a conspiracy to cover up the violation of civil rights.

Aiyana Jones died early Sunday after she was hit by gunfire during a police raid at her home.

Detroit Assistant Police Chief Ralph Godbee has said that police were executing a search warrant for a suspect in a shooting two days earlier that killed a high school student.

He said preliminary information indicated that members of the Detroit Police Special Response Team approached the house and announced themselves as police.

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  1. Judy from Jessup

    yes the police announced themselves. . . but she was 7. Seven. Too young to know what to do. should we have to teach our children to hit the deck? it's just sooooo sad.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      You assumed crackheads... no where was drugs mentioned.

      This was a shooting suspect. Clearly policies needed to be reviewed.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Pk

      Very sad yes... But if the other people in the household are the types who shoot high school kids, bad things are bound to happen..

      May 18, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • kc123

      Patrick: The home is a 2 family dwelling. The suspect they were looking for was actually residing with the family that occupied the top floor. This girl and her family were not involved in with the criminal that the police were looking for. So your saying that children who happen to be unfortunate enough to live next door to crackheads need to be taught to hit the deck?

      May 18, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • rob

      Why does this article fail to mention that the raid was allegedly part of a local 'reality show' and was being taped?

      May 18, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      KC123....yes. If you're unlucky enough to live next door to crackheads, I'd say hitting the deck is a valuable skill to teach your kids...might save them from getting shot.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • ArrowofThyme

      @PK

      Hmm, yes, because cops always raid the right house instead of routinely screwing up the address or getting a warrant for someone that turns out to be innocent. I'm totally cool with cops being allowed to go in any situation guns-a-blazing as part of their job because bullets only hurt the guilty.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Tami

      What's up with you Patrickc3000 and that comment about an innocent child? What about all the white molested children...you would be that type of individual who also would think that little white kids should be molested just because they just happened to belong to a sick family or have sick family friends... Hopefully, this analogy gives you insight of just how low and vile your comment was about this child is... It's sad that you are still living and she's gone!

      May 18, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • ArrowofThyme

      @Jesse
      You are right, but it is sad that you are more likely to be shot by a cop than your crackhead neighbors*. The police are getting out of control; this story is just a drop in the bucket of tales of police abuse and screw ups. They need better training, new procedures, and better weeding out the bad cops.

      *(not that there are any drugs mentioned in this story at all)

      May 18, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      you are all assuming that the police conduct raids by opening fire. Stop believing what you see in action movies. The initial article had stated there was some sort of confrontation with a woman in the first room. It would be very tragic if that woman and tried to fight with an officer and she caused the gun to be fired and it struck the 7 year old. But of course the family will not sue themselves, they want deep pockets to reach into.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • cutie

      Imagine if it wasn't taped. There would be less evidence to prove that police were trying to finagle what actually happened. How would you feel if the cops broke into your house and killed one of your loved ones? I can't even imagine the pain the family must be going through now. It's truly tragic for the family and how police try to abuse their power

      May 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      What, no mention of the scuffle the mother had with the police which caused him to discharge his weapon?

      May 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Welcome to the New World Order and the New American Police state.. Where its ok for the cops and the govt to kill kids And to lie about it and to try and cover it up and get away with it. this is what you voote for when you elect people to office do a bit better checking to see what your getting and you might just clean this nation up

      May 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • detroit resident

      It is a sad day when a 7 year dies, but what about the 17 year old that was killed, thats who they were looking for was his killer. Detroit is out of control and the police have to do their job, its the wild west around here and no one takes responsibility for their actions. If that suspect would'nt of killed the teenager that kill would still be alive. When police raid your house, you don't jump them, HEY DETROIT STOP KILLING EACH OTHER AND YOU WON'T BE ONE TV HIRING FIEGER TO DEFEND YOUR STUPIDITY.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • KW

      Hitting the deck isn't really the issue at hand. One of the earlier articles stated that the girl was asleep when the bullet struck her in the neck/head area. While this is a tragic and unfortunate event, I can only pray that the child was indeed asleep so that she didn't have to experience those final moments of fear.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awesomete

      Rob – This was a national crime show. The First 48 Hours.
      What they fail to mention is that the police said the grandmother struggled with an officer and the shot was accidentally fired. What was on tape is that the police fired blindly into the house before entering. Also, they arrested the grandmother saying she caused the shot....This right after her grandbaby was shot. It's all on tape. I hope they bankrupt this nastiness of a city with the judgement.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Like what we say need a hitman call 911 and if you do see a police officer do not turn your back on them.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arnold Ziffel

      Police usually scream and 1 second later the door comes down, at 1240am with a flash grenade everyone would be disoriented. They don't need militia raids but good old stakeout and perimeter to pick him up. This is not afghan with a house full of terrorists. In Waco they had that David guy jogging every day and never picked him up until they could do the big raid and film it in an election year . Have to be dramatic and not just arrest him while he was shopping in town.

      Of course they were filming for 48 hours and wanted to show off. The police are already lawyering up and deflecting blame. Next we will hear the suspect was not in the house and they grabbed the wrong guy but had a hot tip from a bad informant.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ev

      We need more inteligent and more competent police officers with respect for human life and human rights.

      May 20, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Snoop

    Ugh..Fieger is a plague on this country. He's been ambulance chasing for over 20 years with no end in sight.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Silver Fang

      The real plague on this country is the corrupt government and its thug police force that kick down people's doors and hold them at gun point in their own homes.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Silver Fang – it's terrible that this child is dead. Its also too bad that CNN doesn't include the entire story. For example, why did the police raid the house?

      Again, not condoning the killing, but I would have thought the family might have let the body get cold before filing suit. All too indicative of our failing society.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • SliderX69

      Maybe he's the White Al Sharpton...... Trying to get his black ass in the spotlight..

      May 18, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Jack, you're pretty off base here. You're saying that if your 7 year old daughter was murdered by police you wouldn't file suit immediately? You ignorant pig

      May 18, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • DaveinSC

      This is a sad thing and my prayers go out to the family. What people need to realize it that this was executed properly, and the reports say that the officer who fired his weapon was contacted by someone in the residence. that means there was physical contact, like maybe someone grabed the officer and caused the weapon to fire. we do not know, and it is not for us to hand down judgement without knowing the facts. I'm sure that the "race card" will be played in this as it always is when a person other than caucasian gets shot by police. Wait for the facts and do not let the emotions of what happened cloud the facts. thanks to emotions, look at the president we have now.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awesomete

      Fieger doesn't have to chase ambulances. He is fortunate enough to be able to pick which cases he wants. Politically he and I disagree, but not when it comes to legal right or wrong.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arnold Ziffel

      you sue immediately to freeze and have the right to get at evidence that i am sure would be destroyed or disappeared. The cops took the 48 hours tapes. Now would i entrust the guys i may want prosecuted with the evidence first so the brotherhood and I said HOOD could protect itself and it's family.

      Think back to Ga when the 93 y/0 grandmother heard a noise and got a pistol , they raided her house and she was show over 40 times. Of course they later realized it was the wrong house. so yes these are high testosterone – low mentality guys and when one goes off they all do.

      The other day in Seattle 2 copy were kicking a guy on the ground and all the other idiot cops were watching. Then they realized they had the wrong suspect and the guy was innocent on top of it all. Luckily someone got video.

      I think we all need to turn our videos on these guys and expose them for that they have become,

      May 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    It's appalling that even though there were cameras from a reality TV show rolling at the scene of the raid, the police STILL tried to do a cover-up. Unbelievable!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Uh.... I don't think that's what happened...

      May 18, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • tlk1215

      What is appalling is that the child isn't even cold yet and the family is already seeking money. It seems as though there is no mourning in that household. THAT is what is sad. When all the facts/videotapes/evidence comes out, we will know the whole story. Everyone agrees it is tragic that a child lost her life.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arnold Ziffel

      They seized the video.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Norm

    More info please...
    How did the girl take a bullet? Were the police just firing into the home ramdomlly?
    How was there a cover up? This article is seriously not worth reading it's so incomplete.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • A Mom

      I read more about this on the FoxNews website. Please read to get more info.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ravi

      Totally Agree..What is CNN thinking about us the readers....

      May 18, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • amy

      I agree with you Norm – this is why the media can be dangerous. There is not enough information here to substantiate a "cover up" theory or what actually transpired at the scene. I agree that it is sad and unfathomable that a child lost her life; however, I have read in other accounts that the police were there to arrest a MURDER suspect and that someone in the home EXCHANGED gun fire with the officers. I have not read anything to confirm WHOSE bullet hit the child; however, if police stormed my home and my children were present the LAST thing I would do is pull a gun and put my child in harms way. I bet there is a lot more to this story that the family will try to COVER UP as well.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Dman

      Go anywhere but Fox for news. Fox is a joke. A bad propaganda joke. If they said the sky was blue, I'd have to check twice to be sure it still was.

      Video that's out there is supposed to show the cops firing into the home from outside after throwing a flashbang, unlike the version the cops tell. They say they bumped into the girl's Grandma and accidentally fired while inside the house.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. D Nadeau

    one real question not answered is did anyone in the house fire at the police? If no shots were fired
    by people in the house this is clearly wrong and I hope they get sued to the teeth, but if shots were
    fired from someone in the house, the police need to defend their lives and its tragic that this little
    girl was caught in the crossfire but those tragedy's do happen.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • herb666

      The cops got their suspect so, ya, what's a little collateral damge here and there

      May 18, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Martoon

      No shots were fired from within the house. The suspect was actually in the upper flat but police raided the lower flat by mistake. However, there are allegations that the girl's father was somehow involved in the earlier shooting for which police were executing the search warrant.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrickc3000

      They were harboring a murderer. Shots don't have to be fired to justify deadly force if the suspect isn't cooperating.

      The same group of people condemning the police are the same group that would be calling for the heads of everybody in the police department if the suspect had escaped and killed again.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Free

      No one in the house had a weapon. The suspect they were looking for was found on the 2nd floor of the apt building. The dept will eventually pay out millions for this wrongful death.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • dini

      The situation escalated due to criminal activity of an adult in the residence. First, the police were trying to apprehend a murder suspect. That criminal person is the moron who put that child's life in jeopardy. If you are a fugitive and the police are hunting you, why hole-up in a place with a child????? Selfish sob.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. floydrturboamerican

    loss of innocent life is a tragedy.
    this is going to happen. I think the family deserves compensation for what transpired.
    the 7 yo didn't have anything to do with this.

    the family certainly must be losers/criminals though.
    too bad we can't always shoot the right people.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrickc3000

      The family doesn't deserve anything for this. Their actions put this little girl in danger.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • herb666

      The cops did what they had to do and a little girl got in the way.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • DEB

      well said!

      May 18, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • April

      what makes you say the family must be criminals? Even if they were (no confirmation on that) was there no other way to get this murderer? Of course there was, there's always another way.

      May 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Guess if its not your child or black people that live in poverty they deserve children to be slaughtered by the way of police justice.... Give me a break, you really eat your cheerios in the morning with a smile thinking the way you do... I pray nothing happens to your family even in suburbia... But if it does, no sympathy... they had to get a bad guy..

      May 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bons

    Has this child even been given a proper burial before a price has been attached to her head?

    Rest in Peace!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      My thoughts exactly. Didn't waste any time sueing – typical. RIP little girl 🙁

      May 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annette

      The price was the little girls life.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • April

      there is no price for this precious life.............there is however a price for neglect and I feel the police were very negligent in this case

      May 18, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nick

    Funny how the part about a resident of the house attacking the first officer and causing the gun to go off randomly has been left out from this update. You know, my house has never been raided. And if a police officer came into my place with a gun drawn, I sure as heck wouldn't advance on them. So it's unfortunate, and I'm sad for the kid, but the officer acted as any officer would. How would you react if an unknown and potentially dangerous individual attacked you?

    May 18, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Small

      You have to read the various articles on the story. The raid was being videotaped and based on the footage the police threw in a smoke bomb and then shot from the outside. The story about coming in contact with a woman was false. The woman herself said that she didn't have any contact with anybody during this event.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • DEB

      I agree this is a tragedy that a young life had to end, but yes I am sure police shot for a reason. Parents of this child were obviously the best people. And if an officer was protecting himeself he is not at fault. It is the parents fault for having this child in the situation to begin wth!!

      The officer, due to low life parents stupidity must live the fact that while doing his job he shot an innocent child.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      We do not know all the details here. Try not to prejudge. You do not know what you would do if police came with a gun...
      And to another poster: you do not know that members of the family were criminals–the suspect was in the apartment above. You would be angry if a cop shot your 7 year old child, and would want revenge. What we all know is that a 7 year old little girl is dead, and many of you judge her family...unless you have lost a child, you have no idea how much pain they are in.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      Thank you! Before judging the officer, more information needs to be told. A lot of assumptions are being made by the media and pertinent details left out.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Free

      The dept recanted that part of the story, they changed it to "the officer accidently collided with the girls grandmother" and somehow his gun went off, there was no altercation in the house. Police try to cover up anything to help their fellow officer until there a videotape surfaces.
      The cover up is similar to the beating of the University of MD student, it was a "accident" until a video surfaced and now the officers will likely face charges for filing a false police report and beating the kid senseless for no reason.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Cynical Jay

      OK people ther was no struggle between the police & anyone in the house. Was I there to know this first hand??? No but there was a film crew there & the entire incident was recorded. It shows the officer in question shooting through a window while standing outside of the house after a flash grenade was thrown through a window. Now unless the residing family has telekinetic powers or are invisible how can the police report a "struggle?" In all honesty its not for us to decide, there is a recording of the entire incident.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      NO!!!!! People A little girl was murdered by police, barging into the wrong house!!. If people barged into your home in the wee hours of the morning, Would your initial response be to defend your home. your next thought would be to these are police , but initially no I as a man defending my home and family, i am on the attack. STOP de humanizing people being insensitive, by separating yourself from people and justifying wrong behavior by , making it seem like these people are deserving of having their child murdered infront of them. because of YOUR assumptions about them based on how they look and talk. These are humans with human bonds with their loved ones and someone wearing a badge wrongfully took an innocent girls life. Dehumanizing and making someone different than you is the first step to allowing, the crusades, the slave trade, the holocaust, allowing christians to blow up other christian churches because the people inside look different, and so on!! STOP and think if it was your child and the police was supposed to be going to your neighbor's house, and now YOUR INNOCENT, non drug dealing, non "crackhead" daughter is dead.
      You folks responding insensitively are the problem with the world. ASk yourself , if this was a little blond girl with pretty blond suburban parents, would your response be the same. If not, you need to turn in your Christian Card, because I am 100% sure Jesus is NOT happy with you.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • April

      Michael.....................AMEN

      May 18, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hasan

    i knew they would sue after i read just the headline

    May 18, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrickc3000

      Heck yeah they would. The child was no doubt a welfare meal ticket. She cashed in for this group of no-goods bigtime when they shot her.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      I'm quite sure if the cops shot and killed your 7 year old daughter "by accident" you'd be disappointed that a 'law suit' was your only recourse.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jai

      @Patrick..you're a sad, sad man. Did you just call that little girl a "welfare meal ticket"?! WTH is wrong with you?! That was someone's child. Rather the parents make a million dollars or are homeless, the child is innocent, and is now the victim of police over zealousness.
      If the police shot up your house, mistakenly by the way, killed your child, then lied about what happened, and later admit mistakes ONLY because there is footage, I think you'd want some sort of recourse and justice too.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kim

    If the family hadn't been doing something illegal, the child would never have been put in jeopardy. The police wouldn't have opened fire if they weren't fired upon. It's terribly sad, but ultimately the true guilt lies with the person/persons who decided to open fire.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick Henry Fatrell

      Innocent until proven guilty.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Gene

      Regardless of what happend, the fact of the matter is that the media will only tell us what they want to tell us and never the entire story. We don't know who's at fault, nor is it our business to know. It's a tragedy, for sure, but opinions one way or the other only help to hurt the situation more. Should just let the police and the affected party deal with this.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • tree

      Kim – your callous view of this situation displays some great ignorance. The family wasn't doing anything illegal, as you insinuate. Read more detailed reports on other sites, and you'll learn that the suspect they were looking for wasn't in this family's unit – he was in a basement appartment in the smae house. This family is guilty of unkowingly living upstairs from a criminal. If that is justified cause to shoot a 7 yo, then there would be a lot more dead kids in the US of A.

      And even if they were doing something illegal, the police entered the house in the early morning after first tossing in a flash grenade. Any claims that they identified themselves are dubious. The flash grenades – according to the police themeselves – are used as a surprise tactic to help subdue potentially dangerous suspects. So, they wanted to surprise them, but first let them know they were there? There were no reports of shots fired from anyone in the house, no weapons found – just a dead kid with a police bullet lodged in her head.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Right on, Tree! PEOPLE: PLEASE READ MORE REPORTS ON THIS BEFORE YOU START JUDGING THE (PRESUMED) INNOCENT FAMILY!
      I cannot believe that some people here are so trusting of authority that they will immediately blame a family whose young daughter was killed. And to those who believe the family is rushing too quickly to sue the police: they're angry and seeking revenge...kind of like how some victims' families want the death penalty for a suspect. Since you can't execute a police department, however, suing a police department is the most feasible way to seek vengeance.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      True guilt lies with the person/persons who decided to open fire.......which would be the cops. Exactly how I feel.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patrick Henry Fatrell

    Very sad, indeed.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. JD

    Cops ever come to my house they're dead. I got plenty of ammo for they're asses. Already did some time for running one over with my car, but the dummies couldn't keep me locked up because they didn't have enough evidence. I'll never call them pigs for anything. Who needs cops when you got guns?

    May 18, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • E

      JD you truly are an idiot aren't you?

      May 18, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • DEB

      idiot is putting it lightly. What a world we live in.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Mom of Two

      You really scare me. Take the law into your own hands? How about working with the system instead of fighting against it. It's your vigilantism that threatens the core of what this country is supposed to be all about. I hope I don't accidentally happen by your house when you've had a few too many Buds. By the way, learn your grammar, hot head.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • cutie

      If the system failed you, would you say the same?

      May 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • T&T

      you are kidding right???? or do people REALLY think like that?? if you're serious – you are a total jack*ss and the epiotme of what is wrong with our country why some urban areas can't not get out of the vicious cycle they're in. your comments do not deserve to be posted or read!

      May 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AGuest9

    The police were executing a search warrant for a suspect in a shooting two days earlier that killed a high school student. They were going into a potentially deadly situation and were authorized to use deadly force. It's tragic that the little girl died, but the warrant was for someone in that house who murdered someone. Don't want death to come visiting at your door, don't take it to other's...

    May 18, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Smarterthanu

      If by death you mean stupid pigs, maybe they should go to the right door...If you read anything about this you know it's a 2 unit house and they shot the girl in the unit that didn't have the criminal inside of it...

      May 18, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • JD

      same goes for the cops. live by the gun...die by one.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • ArrowofThyme

      Hmm, yes, because cops always raid the right house instead of routinely screwing up the address or getting a warrant for someone that turns out to be innocent. I'm totally cool with cops being allowed to go in any situation guns-a-blazing as part of their job because bullets only hurt the guilty.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • herb666

      The cops knew there were children in that building, but, to serve and protect the public, sometimes you just have to make tough choices

      May 18, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Free

      The suspect they arrested didnt live in that house, stop trying to implicate the family with something they had nothing to do with.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • M

      Are you and idiot. What don't you get about this family was innocent. Let someone take the life of one of your family member wrongly and see how you take it. People here who blame the family, I hope something like this happens to you and we can all blame you for being unfortunate enough to be mistaken for the real criminal. RIP

      May 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kim

    It disturbs me to see the number of people that automatically lay blame on the police rather than the family. The whole story isn't represented in this slanted blog (really, it's a blog and not a true report). Why not hold judgement on that until you learn what provoked the gunfire.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Read the other stories related to this incident. Though they do not lend the insight necessary to make any judgment, they do tell us that the suspect was in an apartment close to the one they raided, but not in the apartment where the killing took place. Know your facts before you start making judgments. Really, only when the video becomes public will we be able to draw any conclusions...

      May 18, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. becca

    Seems like they would at least wait til after the funeral (if they havn't ) and the investigation before they filed suit. Has anyone said WHY the police were conducting a raid on this particular house?

    May 18, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
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