Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is urging city residents to come together after the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl by police who were serving a warrant at the girl’s home.
Aiyana Jones was killed as Detroit police searched for a man who was a suspect in the shooting death of Jerean Blake, 16.
The police were executing a “no-knock” warrant Sunday when police said an officer’s gun went off, striking the girl in the neck as she was sleeping.
A lawyer for Jones’ family claims the police raid was “flawed” and heavily influenced by a crew filming the incident for the A&E crime show, “the First 48.” Investigators are going through video footage to determine what happened.
Bing told reporters at a press conference, “Maybe (Jones’) death is something that will make the community come together.”
Bing has said he will reach out to Jones’ family.
“This is a time for the community to come together,” he said. “We just can’t continue the massacre of our citizens.”
State police will be investigating the case, according to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
City police will also determine if the officers were following procedure when they used a flash-bang grenade when they entered the home, according to the Detroit Free Press.