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Video: Fatal Detroit Raid Shown In Officer's Trial

June 05, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Fatal Detroit Tactical Raid

Jurors watched dash-cam footage from a fatal Detroit Police raid Wednesday during the trial of tactical operator Joseph Weekely for the shooting of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones.

The footage, which was recorded on the video system of a patrol car parked outside the residence, shows officers approach the door and side of the home on May 16, 2010. A distraction device then hits a window and enters the home, causing a white flash and releasing smoke.

Sgt. Robert Lalone testified that he then "heard a lot of screaming" and saw two Special Response Team members running to an SUV, and one of them was carrying a child, reports the Detroit Free Press.

A police activist has accused Lalone for making a racist joke in the video. Ron Scott, founder of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, told MLive.com that Lalone's reference to a downtown music festival was racist.

A retired evidence technician also testified that officers used a No. 25 distraction device.

Weekely faces involuntary manslaughter charges. His attorney has said the shooting was a tragic accident. During the raid, police were searching for Stanley-Jones' father, Charles, who was a murder suspect. A reality TV crew from A&E's "48 Hours" accompanied officers on the dynamic entry.

Tags: Detroit PD, Building Raids, Accidental Shootings


Comments (5)

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Trigger @ 6/7/2013 7:09 AM

It would be nice if we worked and operated in a perfect environment. I cann not imagine what the child's family is suffering. And I cannot even begin to imagine what the SRT officer must be going through. Unfortunately bad things do happen (in split seconds) in police operations that we must articulate and verbalize. I am not passing judgement as I was not there, only passing on my prayers to both individuals (victim and officer).

Bob@Az. @ 6/9/2013 12:15 PM

Trigger, Well put sir. My sympathy to all involved. Blues, Stay Safe.

Jim A @ 6/10/2013 12:00 AM

We all wish that good intentions would lead to good outcomes, but that is not always the case. Lord help all that were involved.

But too little is made of the fact that the father of the residence was a murder suspect. Not just a bail jumper. Not just a domestic violence suspect. A MURDER suspect. The most violent type of criminal there is. And likely to kill any officer that attempts to take his freedom away. And YOU think about this dad. This is YOUR fault. If you had not done it, your daughter would be alive. If you had given yourself up, your daughter would be alive. So spend the rest of your miserable life thinking about THAT!!

Travis @ 6/10/2013 2:14 PM

Yep, god forbid you wait for the suspect to leave the premises. No chance of using that fancy tacti-cool if that happened.

Oh well, just one more for the list...

http://www.cato.org/raidmap

Renee @ 6/12/2013 3:38 AM

The only comment I disagree with would be that it's the father's fault that his daughter was killed because he was a "murder suspect" He was not found guilty of the crime, he was only a suspect. There is a need for some officers to stop standing behind every killing just because we don't know what a suspect might do. Too many innocent people are dying at the hands of those who have sworn to protect and serve. Sometimes the lines are crossed. When deadly force necessary then I stand behind it, but when it's abused I can no longer turn a blind eye just because I wear the uniform.

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