DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer for the family of a slain 7-year-old Detroit girl has filed two lawsuits related to a weekend raid that led to her shooting death.
A federal lawsuit claims police violated Aiyana Jones' constitutional rights and seeks an unspecified cash award of more than $75,000. A four-count suit filed in state court seeks damages in excess of $25,000. Both lawsuits were filed Tuesday.
Lawyer Geoffrey Fieger 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 struck by a police bullet shot from outside the home.
Police claim the girl was shot by an officer's gun that mistakenly discharged inside the house after they arrived to arrest a murder suspect.
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