Detroit police chief says probe in case of girl shot in raid “won’t be pretty.”

Warren Evans, who was hired last summer in part to…

Warren Evans, who was hired last summer in part to make sure Detroit’s police change the way they use force, cut short an overseas vacation and returned to the city Tuesday, just as an attorney for the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones announced two lawsuits claiming officers violated the girl’s rights.

The police chief acknowledged Tuesday that findings from an investigation into the death of a 7-year-old girl who was shot during a police raid “won’t be pretty, but they will be honest.”

Warren Evans, who was hired last summer in part to make sure Detroit’s police change the way they use force, cut short an overseas vacation and returned to the city Tuesday, just as an attorney for the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones announced two lawsuits claiming officers violated the girl’s rights.

“Although the investigation into the circumstances of Aiyana’s death is now being conducted by the Michigan State Police, the Detroit Police Department has its own painful self-examination to undergo,” Evans said in an e-mail statement.

Aiyana was shot in the neck when police raided her home while searching for a 34-year-old murder suspect.

Her family was represented by attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who demanded that police provide answers.

“You all know what happened at the scene. Please don’t let this child die in vain,” Fieger said in an appeal to members of the department’s Special Response Team, which raided the ramshackle home early Sunday after obtaining a search warrant.

Police have said an officer’s gun accidentally went off inside the house after officers confronted or collided with the girl’s grandmother. But Fieger said a videotape shows the shot was fired from the porch after a flash-bang grenade was lobbed through a window.

Fieger said he viewed three or four minutes of video footage of the raid. He would not say who recorded the events, but a camera crew for the A&E reality series “The First 48” was filming the raid.

Source: Fox News AP

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