A&E sued over girl's death in cop raid

Dec. 15, 2010 at 1:55 PM
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DETROIT, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The A&E Network and "The First 48" reality show are being sued by the family of a 7-year-old Detroit girl killed in a police raid they filmed.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit Tuesday, accuses the network, the show, production company Kirkstall Road Enterprises and Detroit police of executing an illegal raid, The Detroit News reported.

"The First 48" camera crew was on hand May 16 when Detroit police threw a flash grenade into the home and burst through the door. Moments later, a police gun discharged and a bullet struck and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7.

The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 for the girl's parents, Charles Jones and Dominika Stanley, and grandmother, Mertilla Jones.

In May, lawyer Geoffrey Fieger filed suits against Detroit police in federal and state courts on behalf of the family. The lawsuits allege negligence and a coverup by police, who Fieger says first blamed the grandmother for grabbing at the officer's gun.

The outcome of the police investigation has been forwarded to prosecutors to determine whether to press charges.

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