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Family of Detroit girl slain in raid sues police

Family of Detroit girl slain in raid sues police

Published May 18, 2010

DETROIT – The family of a slain 7-year-old Detroit girl has filed a lawsuit accusing police of violating her constitutional rights during a weekend raid that led to her death.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, seeks an unspecified cash award of more than $75,000.

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger (FY-gur) says Detroit police had no legitimate reason to throw a flash grenade into the home of Aiyana Jones early Sunday. He says she was burned by the explosive and then killed by a police bullet fired into the home.

Police claim the girl was shot by an officer's gun that mistakenly discharged inside the home after they arrived to arrest a murder suspect.

A television show's camera crew shot footage of the raid. Fieger says he has seen footage.

Written by COREY WILLIAMS and ED WHITE, Associated Press Writers

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