Reality TV Crew at Cop Shooting of Girl

A&E staff may have footage of killing
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 18, 2010 3:56 AM CDT
A makeshift memorial marks the house where 7-year-old Aiyana Jones was killed by Detroit police yesterday.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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(Newser) – A reality television crew was on the scene when 7-year-old Aiyana Jones was shot by a Detroit police officer, and may have filmed the killing. The film crew of A&E's First 48 Hours accompanied cops as they sought a homicide suspect in a home. During a struggle with Aiyana's grandmother inside the house, an officer's gun discharged and killed the girl, according to police. An attorney for the family has stated, however, that video footage shows that police lobbed a flash grenade into the house and began shooting indiscriminantly into the home.

He didn't say if the video he viewed was filmed by the A&E crew. "There is no question about what happened because it's in the videotape," the attorney said. "It's not an accident. It's not a mistake. There was no altercation. Aiyana Jones was shot from outside on the porch." Police are seeking any video linked to the shooting. An A&E spokesman refused to comment on footage shot by the program crew and refused to turn it over to AP.

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