Family of Slain Girl Sues A&E Over Police Raid

by | December 14, 2010 at 5:39 PM | TV News

Dominika Stanley, mother of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and Aiyana's grandmother, Mertilla Jones (right) (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Dominika Stanley, mother of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and Aiyana's grandmother, Mertilla Jones (right) (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


DETROIT – The family of a 7-year-old girl killed in a Detroit police raid has sued A&E Television Networks over the videotaping of the raid.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit says the network and a production crew filming for “The First 48” cable television series were responsible for the May 16 death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was shot in the head during the raid.

The Associated Press left an e-mail message for A&E seeking comment Tuesday.

The Detroit Free Press says the lawsuit claims that A&E and the production company encouraged Detroit police “to conduct an illegal, overly aggressive, and unnecessary raid” on the home.

Aiyana was killed by an officer’s bullet when police stormed her house searching for a homicide suspect. State police have been investigating.

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