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. StupidCrackHeads

    They need some more crack money!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. johnnyb52

    They should sue for med expenses and funeral expenses only. How will millions of dollars comfort them? By driving down a Detroit street in a Mercedes help them recover. And oh yes, the vampire lawyers that are whispering in their ears as we speak. You deserve millions for your suffering and we do too.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • johnnyb52

      Yes, my heart goes out to the family, but I'm telling you, no amount of money will help in no way. PLUS they will have to go through years of court dates and legal blah, blah, blah. I'm sure that will help as the memory of their daughter fades.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mickie

    Everybody wants 2 blame some1 when it was an accident. An accident w/a horrible outcome that shld have consequence. Girl was shot ACCIDENTLY when her gma ambushed a cop during a search for a teen that the family didn't hve connection with. If police think the perp is w/in a apt complex, they will search every unit if they have a warrent.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Canaloopie

    Oh, I'm so shocked to hear that the family is sueing for lots of money after a governement agency accidentally inflicted a fatal injury. Somebody thinks they just won the lotto.

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

      I bet you are just day dreaming at the thought of someone shooting your kid, eh? So worth it.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. martin

    The first article I read about this stated that the grandmother initiated a struggle with the officer and the gun went off accidentally. It also stated that the girl was asleep on the couch when hit. Just because someone (tragically and sadly) got killed doesn't mean it's the officer's fault. It's too easy to blame 'the man'. Grandma should have sat there and let the officers conduct their search without interfering. If the young man connected with the home hadn't killed a teenager there would never have been a warrant served for police to infiltrate the home.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Get your facts straight. There was no criminal at that residence! The police made up the story about the grandmother attacking them to cover their "accident."

      May 18, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. David

    Don't these officers go to through firing ranges practice where they practice holding their fire for innocents and firing at targets of criminals who are aiming at them. It sounds like a little "presence of mind" and "thinking on your feet" is what is needed. Get the right people on the swat and get them trained properly.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sarah

    You have to at least get representation so that a proper autopsy and investigation can occur. The she can be buried. The family has yet to be charged with a crime so why are they being blamed? Too many innocent people are killed by trigger happy police. But on the other hand, I am sure the officer is hurt by this as well. No win situation.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Deborah

    We need to wait for all the facts to surface on this one. This occurred at 1:00am and the father states he had just put the 7 year old down on the couch to sleep – at 1am?? What was she doing up? The father was a suspect in a murder that happened earlier in the day – a 17 year old was shot in the heart and killed. Please, wait for all the facts. Geoffrey Feiger does nothing but stir the racial pot all the time. My guess, there is absolutley no basis for any lawsuit – but we need to wait for the complete facts.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rick

    They have to sued to make up for lost income, they can't get welfare for her anymore. Someone must compensate them so they do not have to actually get a job.

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

      Jump to conclusions much?

      May 18, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. MDMZK

    It sucks to not be able to move out of a bad neighborhood. These people are seemingly completely unconnected to the crime, were assaulted in the middle of the night, lost a 7 year old, and get crap from a**holes on this board for either being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or suing too early, or because a grandmother resisted someone attacking her home. What the hell kind of world have we started to live in???

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

      Aworld with a lot of idiots.

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

      The same world where people seek to profit off of their dead children.

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

      One where people no longer feel they should be decent members of society. One where criminals get too many chances to harm innocent people. One that is becoming more and more scary, especially for raising children and keeping them safe. It must be terrifying to not be able to protect your children and get them out of a dangerous environment. It is even more terrifying to know that for so many of our children fear is a daily part of their lives.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Christina

    If the family had any bit of Jesus with them, this would have never happened. It's obvious who's side the family was on as well as the police, and with the police having Him on their side, holy divinity always triumps over the sinful. This right here is why you follow Jesus, people. Turn against the path of righteousness and suffer just like this family did.

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

      Wow – my Jesus isn't spiteful enough to take the life of a 7 year old child to teach someone else a lesson. Not sure which one you are following.... I'm following the one who died for our sins – I guess not the same one as you.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • LadyGeekLove

      Soooo... "Follow Jesus or someone will murder your children!"

      Makes perfect sense to me. Thumbs up, Christina.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PM

    It's amazing the amount of erroneous "facts" being posted by people on this blog. No article anywhere has said this was a dope house or that the family shot at the police, in fact the police haven't even claimed that this was a drug house or that anyone shot at the police. The police first claimed when they entered the house, the child's aunt struggled with them, causing the gun to go off. That police later replaced that account with the child's aunt colliding or bumping into the officers, causing the gun to go off. Also, this "house" was a duplex, with 2 separate families living above and below each other. The police supposedly had a warrant to search both units, but they knew the suspect could only be found in one unit. People, all I'm saying is to get as many facts as you can before you start making false and ridiculous statements.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
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  14. Caliburn

    Just want to say that nobody, except those involved, have all the available facts. So it's premature and idiotic for any of us to jump to conclusions. That being said, if this had been my daughter, let it be known now, that I would probably kill the officer(s) involved. I mean that.

    God I guess this goes to show how stupid CNN commenters are. I thought FARK was bad but jesus.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      Well I would hope that if this were your daughter, you wouldn't also be housing a (suspected) murderer.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sean

    It's horrible that this little girl died the way she did and from what I have read the police screwed this up horribly. Regardless of why the police were there they came into shot into a families house without being shot on. That is not the families fault for having the kid in the situation. Thats a family at home.

    However, I can't help feeling a bit wierded out that this family has clearly spent as much time trying to figure out how to monetize the situation as they have in burying her. Announcing a lawsuit presumably before she is even buried?

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