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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Aiyana Jones, detroit police and the first 48 hours

Aiyana Jones (Family Photo)

I've been wondering for some time, who is protecting  the lives of little black children who's rights are violated by police and state/county social service agencies? Take for instance the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones, who was shot and killed during a police raid at their Detroit home. From all indications it appears that police operation were flawed and heavily influenced by camera crews who were filming the raid for A&E's crime show "The First 48," according to a published report.

Aiyana was fatally shot early Sunday morning during a raid targeting a homicide suspect, when police say an officer's gun discharged and struck the sleeping girl in the neck.

Detroit police spokesman John Roach confirmed that the raid and attempted arrest of a homicide suspect at the two-unit house was being videotaped for an episode of the reality crime-show "The First 48." Roach said investigators are going through the footage to determine what happened, reports The Detroit News.

As William Norman Grigg at the blog LewRockwell.com points out:
"Troops from the Detroit Police Department's Special Reaction Team ("troops" is a more appropriate description than "officers") seeking a murder suspect executed a no-knock warrant on the home where Aiyana was sleeping on the couch.

Despite warnings from neighbors that there were children present in the home – a fact attested by the toys scattered in the front yard – the SRT paramilitaries chose a Fallujah-style "dynamic entry," hurling a flash-bang grenade through a closed window and storming through the front door with guns drawn."  Read More HERE

The Assistant Chief of the Detroit Police Ralph Godbee would not comment on newspaper reports that neighbors told police there were children in the house and showed them toys in the front yard before they threw a flash grenade through the window of the house.

Apparently, the 34-year-old murder suspect the Detroit police were searching for shares the home with Charles Jones, Aiyana's father. However, according to Oak Park attorney Karri Mitchell,"There was nothing but innocent people in the home where they put this flash grenade."

Even though a no-knock search warrant allowed police to search both apartments, Mitchell told The Detroit News the police "were excited; they were on TV...They didn't have to throw a grenade through the front window when they knew there were children in there."  More HERE

In the age of Barack Obama, Black Mega Churches, National NAACP's, Urban Leagues, Congressional Black Caucuses, and black Attorney Generals, and black elected officials, who's watching to protect the rights of Aiyana Jones and other children like her?

OK, some want to cast the blame for Aiyana Jones’, the 7-year-old Black girl who was killed by the police in Detroit, death (Black Voices) on the house she was living in and her environment for her killing. Read More HERE

Yet, when so many black children are in harms ways, what organizations, or groups should stand in the gap? 

With all the money that the NAACP and other "Civil Rights" groups get from corporations in America, one would hope that they would work in 2010 to protect black children caught in the cross-fire and less on image award shows.

Who is protecting black children from the media and reality TV shows such as the first 48 hours. You're thoughts?

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