So far, the spin emerging from the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl during a weekend police raid in Detroit is coming from both sides of the spectrum.
On one side, Detroit police are claiming they entered the house looking for a murder suspect and engaged in a physical struggle with the girl’s grandmother, which caused a gun to discharge that killed Aiyana Jones.
And on the other side, an attorney is claiming he has seen video that contradicts the police version of the story.
Geoffrey Feiger claims the video shows that a cop fired his gun from the front porch of the house, before they even entered the house. And that there was no struggle with the grandmother.
Only he doesn’t have the video to prove his claims nor is he telling anybody where they can see the video.
In fact, he is telling the media he hopes the video “does not disappear.”
But he is confident enough where he has filed two lawsuits against the department alleging a cover-up in the girl’s death.
At first, the media reported that the video was shot by an A&E film crew who were recording footage for The First 48 reality show.
But now Feiger is claiming the video was shot by some guy who apparently stumbled upon the scene. He is not too clear about the origin or the whereabouts of this video.
So it’s not clear why A&E haven’t put an end to this mystery by putting forward their own video. Or maybe it is just because they are too embedded with these cops and don’t want to contradict their lies.
Without the video, the media is now debating whether police departments should allow film crews to tag along on raids because there is a chance cops might play up to the cameras and act all macho.
As opposed to acting all macho when they know their actions are not being documented, I guess.
But it wasn’t the cameras that killed Jones. It was the police. Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekely to be specific.
If he purposely shot his gun from the porch to play up to the cameras, then he is dumber than a ton of bricks. Or probably just smart enough to make it on the Detroit Police force.
The truth is, the presence of a film crew will most likely keep cops from going overboard, as we all know they can.
And if they do go overboard in front of the camera crew, then it should be broadcast for the world to see.
So I don’t know what the hold-up is with this video.