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. Jen

    I think it is ridiculous how many of you are judging without knowing the full story. We will not know exactly what happened until the tape is released. These unresearched outburts are what is wrong with America, trusting media outlets such as Fox New, doesn't anyone remember when they admitted to twisting the facts to make for a "better story". Seriously America get it together and stop the judging and dehumanizing! Pull out a mirror and take a good look at yourself. The welfare debate is ridiculous...that system is so incredibly unjust and ineffective, how about we focus on programs to help people who want to do something with their lives instead of setting up a lifetime welfare plan. Get out there and change the world instead of being part of the problem!

    May 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ye Olde Suns

      Fox News posted an AP story. Quit being such a dick.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Annette

    Those people are suing for the truth. What does it matter if they sue today or tomorrow. They lost their love one at the hands of the police who suppose to put their welfare above their own. Cops take an oath to protect and serve,not be on television. I thought society was tired of reality tv. Alot of cops lie and shoot innocent people all the time. This one happened to be a child who was were she should be at home a sleep.

    May 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Suing for the truth? Really? I am sure a cool million would be enough to search for the truth, but I guarantee the price tage will be much higher than that. I can appreciate that this family wants answers, however that money will be used to finance the rest of their lives. Maybe if they would turn around and donate that money, I might feel differently. We both know that won't happen though. Let's face it... it isn't about truth, it is all about the money.

      May 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • muffin

      @ Heather: Um do you really think this family cares how YOU feel? Give me a break the don't need or want your support. The only opinion that matters is the jury and/or judge that will be awarding them millions of dollars after they hear that police shot a 7 year old child.

      May 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MarcusMoss

    Someone said they don't care about the child they want to get paid, how crazy is that, you see your daugther, your grandbaby and grandmom arrested after you lied about the events and how they happened and you have a lawyer knocking on your door for retribution not suprising at all, that family shouldnt have to lift a finger to bury there baby...

    May 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ye Olde Suns

    I've found that a great way to keep the cops away is to not be involved in murders.

    May 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • muffin

      That's right because police are infallible and they've NEVER arrested someone who was innocent. Oh wait, then why have our courts released more than a hundred people after DNA evidence cleared them of crimes.

      May 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DC1981

    As a person living in the Detroit area, I'm reading the comments and am really appalled by the lack of knowledge of this case, but then again, people who assume....
    The reality show 'The First 48' was on the scene recording the entire event. After the police put out statements about the events that occurred, the film crew turned in the tape to Fieger. Why? Because they know that the police are lying, and they have the evidence to prove it on tape. NO ONE ATTACKED AN OFFICER. The woman in question is the child's grandmother and was on the floor covering another child. They arrested her, drug tested her (NEGATIVE FOR ALL DRUGS) and was released soon after. And no, there were not 12 people living there with a bunch of kids. The grandmother often watched her grandchildren while their parents were at WORK. Yes, as horrible as the economy is here, there are people who work and are not just sitting on their a&%.
    As a Detroiter, I am WELL aware of the corruption that goes on – of course the producers aren't going to turn the tape in to the police right away. Just so it can come up 'missing' later on? They did the right thing. And as far as the family getting a lawyer so soon – YOU HAVE TO. You have to protect yourself before the police have the chance to try to place blame and slander the family's name which, judging by some of the comments, has already happened. The man they were looking for was on the 2nd floor, not the 1st. No matter how you outsiders try to spin it, a child is dead by the hands of the police and they should be held accountable. STOP ATTACKING THIS FAMILY.

    May 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous001

      After knowing the REAL story, we see how the police LIE to cover up their actions. This happens EVERY DAY across the nation, yet no one really addresses the issue and acts like it is rare.

      May 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • muffin

      The sad thing is everything you said made sense yet the senseless will never understand it.

      May 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Navyboy

      All good points.

      May 20, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. DC1981

    Click on this for the real story:

    May 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DC1981

    100% agree with you. I hope people will stop attacking this family.

    May 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Uniphied

    It's amazing that most of the post on this situation comes from idiots that haven't even read anything about what actually happened. Most of you are being judge mental because it was a black family in a black neighbor hood. It’s already been proven that the PD made a mistake and went into the wrong home. And it was recorded. If the police dept makes a mistake in the hood, it was justified. If it had been a suburban home, clearly a mistake was made…

    For example, I didn't see such dumb statements when the cops in a suburban area accidently shot a dog when they raided the wrong house. I didn't read any post complaining about how the family sued the PD for that incident because the dog was a valued family member. As a matter of fact, the story may have gotten more media attention on the news then this situation concerning a little girl.

    So the true question is: Does a dog’s life mean more then a child’s life?

    May 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Omar

    One thing that no one has touched on is the fact that a police officer is responsible for his weapon at all times. Even if he was in a struggle (which is not proven), if his gun went off he is responsible for what happens. It is the same with our military and any position that requires the possesion of a firearm.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Amen OMAR you are a genius amongst these Public opinion Trolls

      May 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ME3

    Regardless of if its the right house, the wrong house, if they are crackheads, or live next to crackheads....a little girl was killed...i don't know if a civil lawsuit for money is warranted seeing as how she's not even cold as of yet....but a very intense investigation needs to be done...and if the cops are at fault they need to be charged criminally...and then i'd go after them civilly....and if the grandma and cop were wrestling over a gun when it happened than she is a stupid woman...they were probably in the right house and she should be charged criminally also

    May 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      For the love of F'n christ do you live there? Where does it ever state they were crack head family besides they arent wealthy african americans... It was the wrong apartment... Stop stop stop making excuses for this.... Just stay with the facts... Idk why i say this because its a forum and its nothing but opinions... But a little heart wouldnt hurt for a family losing a 7 year old human being

      May 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Ugh Me3 i put that in the wrong reply sorry!!! lol this was not at you

      May 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fed up

    The first and most important responsibility parents have to their children, whether they are black or white, is to protect their kids. Living in a high risk area, regardless of whether the family was involved in the crime or not, is not protecting your child. When you live in a neighborhood with murderers and crackheads, everyone is put at risk. This was an accident that happened during the execution of a warrant. Is it tragic, yes. But when you, as a parent, expose your child to these kinds of dangers, you are responsible. Why was in sleeping on a couch? Why wasn't she in her room in a bed? The parents were negligent and are just as responsible for this girl's death as the officer who shot off his gun. Accident or not.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tami

      FED UP fits you...because I'm fed up with the level of ignorancy continues on this board... DC1981 posted very clear precise updated information with a website for viewing on this forum...I'm quite sure to stop alot of the misinformed information...AND then your comment! WOW And if you feel that they should had been living somewhere...where because obvious you must know them well ? Did you have a place for them to stay?

      May 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ME3

    So because the family lives in the Ghetto...which many americans are forced to do...they are negligent? There child slept on the couch and now they are negligent? So if I let my child watch a movie and they fall asleep on the couch, I am now a bad parent? Stupid argument!

    May 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Omar

    Thank you Brandon. After reading these comments it has become apparent that some people are not seeing what few facts there are. I think that speculation should be put on hold and we should all wait for the facts to be released.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Anon

    Oh, Jessica, shut up. You and Ageek are so far removed from reality it's beyond silly. You've got to be trolling and if you are, major fail.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nbgirl

    To ME3

    Nice come back.
    As a kid I slept on the couch every night. I had the best mattress in the bedroom. the couch was my comfort zone.
    My parents took care of there 3 kids. We didn't live in the ghetto ( with all respect to someone that lives in) there was and still has drugs and stuff going on in the area. So if a kid sleeping on the couch makes parent negligent, my parents would be the worst parents ever. ...

    May 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
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