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.