DETROIT - DETROIT (AP) -- Seven-year-old Aiyana Jones was asleep on the living room sofa in her family's apartment when Detroit police searching for a homicide suspect burst in and an officer's gun went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck, family members say.
1) "...an officer's gun went off..." WTF?!?! Forget what you think you know about firearms, guns don't just "go off"! And if it was holstered, then it would have struck the officer, not a 7 year old child. If it was not holstered, a confrontation was expected...
2) They were searching the house for a suspect in a homicide and they had a warrant. How does endangering an innocent 7 year old child become acceptable even under those circumstances?
3) There was "some level of physical contact" with a 46 year old woman in the house. If you raid a house at nearly 1AM, start the raid with a flash-bang grenade, and kick in the front door, don't you expect to encounter disoriented, confused people instinctively fighting back to protect their home and family?
4) The homicide suspect was caught in the house, but was it really worth the life of an innocent 7 year old? Whatever happened to "we believe the suspect is hiding at this residence, surround the residence, secure the safety of innocent people, WAIT for the suspect to come out OR knock on the door and execute the warrant to insure the safety of innocent people inside"?
5) What do YOU think?