sights & sounds

May 18, 2010

police accountability

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 9:40 pm
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7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones

From Associated Press; emphasis mine:

DETROIT — State police will take over the investigation of the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl by a Detroit police officer during a weekend raid at the girl’s home, a prosecutor said Monday.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said bringing in the state police to investigate the killing of Aiyana Jones would avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.

“I agree that it is most appropriate that this be done independently,” Worthy said.

Aiyana was asleep on the living room sofa in her family’s apartment when Detroit police, searching for a homicide suspect, burst in and an officer’s gun went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck, family members said.

Her father, 25-year-old Charles Jones, told The Detroit News he had just gone to bed early Sunday after covering his daughter with her favorite blanket when he heard a flash grenade followed by a gunshot. When he rushed into the living room, he said, police forced him to lie on the ground, with his face in his daughter’s blood.

“I’ll never be the same. That’s my only daughter,” Jones told WXYZ-TV.

Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee said officers set off the flash grenade as they entered the apartment with their guns drawn about 12:40 a.m. Sunday with a warrant to look for a suspect in the Friday slaying of a 17-year-old boy. The lead officer’s gun went off after he encountered a 46-year-old woman inside the front room of the home and “some level of physical contact” ensued. Police do not believe the gun was fired intentionally.

Good thing the police were out looking for a murder suspect, huh? I mean, no one would want some murderer to come barging into their homes to murder their children. The bold portion of the article is particularly relevant here – the idea that the state can ever hold cops accountable for their crimes is absurd on its face, as this violence is maintained and encouraged by the state. Expecting the state to hold these murdering thugs accountable is like allowing a murderer to serve as his own judge and jury.

^This video about the incident expresses similar skepticism about the possibility of the state holding cops accountable for their brutality, admitting that cops don’t keep communities safer and are under no obligation to do so. Towards the end, the video also suggests community-based alternatives to cops that don’t rely on the state.

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