Black People : Conyers Calls For Federal Probe Of Detroit Shootings

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  1. chuck

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    May 19, 2010

    By TODD SPANGLER

    FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Conyers asked the nation’s top law enforcement official today to investigate “a disturbing wave of violence” in Detroit highlighted by the shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a police raid.

    Conyers, a Detroit Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee which oversees the U.S. Department of Justice, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder saying it’s “imperative that we take all possible steps to calm the situation, reassure the community that their safety is a national priority and lessen the chance of future bloodshed.”

    He said while Michigan State Police are investigating the incident, only the Justice Department – which Holder runs – “has the resources, the expertise and the independence to give this case the close scrutiny that the citizens of Detroit deserve.”

    Holder’s office did not immediately respond. Detroit police already are under a long-standing federal consent decree for use-of-force issues.

    In his letter, Conyers cited reports that the raid was filmed by a TV crew from the A&E Network for a program which has featured Detroit police in the past and openly wondered if that may have played a role in the girl’s tragic death during the raid.

    “This raises the question whether police tactics may have been influenced by the presence of film cameras, and whether the SRT’s (Special Response Team) publicity efforts may have increased the risks associated with the raid,” Conyers said in the letter to Holder.

    Conyers also said “paramilitary-type police raids” are becoming more frequent and asked if Holder would investigate their use nationwide and report back to the Judiciary Committee on “the effectiveness and appropriateness of these tactics.”
     
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