DETROIT (WWJ) – The family of a 7-year-old girl killed last year during a police raid on Detroit’s east side say an announced indictment doesn’t go far enough.
Aiyana Jones’ family say what they want in this case is justice for the little girl who was shot in the head last May during the raid that was being taped by crews from an A&E reality show.
WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting spoke with Aiyana’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones, and her aunt, LaCrystal Sanders.
“(We want) to bring the person or persons to trial that did this to my grandbaby,” Jones said.
“All of them. All of them. Every officer that was in our house who did us wrong. All of them… I was out on the porch, seeing my niece’s brains all over the porch…and they did not even care,” said Sanders, through tears.
Aiyana was on a sofa in the first-floor of the two-family flat when Detroit Police tossed a flash-bang grenade through a window and burst through the front door.
Detroit police said an officer’s gun accidentally discharged after he was bumped or jostled by the girl’s grandmother, who, Friday, said she’s been ill since that night.
“As you can probably tell, I’ve lost a lot of weight. My nerves are shot, still, and people just expect us to just get over it,” she said.
Seated at a table with members of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, members of the Jones family said they see the reported indictment of one person as nothing more than a show.
Coalition member Sandra Hines called the raid a “production.”
“It was a filming production of (the A&E TV series) First 48, and they were allowed to not only play their role as policemen, they could also play the role as actors,” she said.
Hines said she believes the officers involved in the deadly raid were more concerned about how they looked when the show aired than they were about conducting their police work properly.
Meantime, State Police have not releasing any names, except to say they requested an arrest warrant for a male in the case. Southfield Attorney Geoffey Fieger who represents the Jones family has told WWJ “hopes” it is the person who fired the shot that killed the little girl. (More on this story).