Detroit Police shoot and kill a 7 year old girl with The First 48 cameras rolling.
The same reality television show that Chief Monroe has permitted to tag along with CMPD homicide detectives is now involved in the tragic death of an innocent bystander.
According to the Associated Press, the camera crew had been following homicide cops, who were joined by an "elite Special Response Team" that raided the duplex. The combined police units were looking for the suspect in the shooting death of a 17-year-old high school student outside a party store not far from the 7 year old's home. At some point during the raid by one account before police entered the building and in other reports while police were entering the building an officer discharged his weapon, the bullet striking the child. Police did arrest the target of the raid, a 34-year-old man, inside the duplex.
In the past CMPD has turned down requests from shows like COPS and America's Most Wanted to do live filming during ride alongs. The thinking being police officers might play it up for the cameras.
Now the question is why did police try to execute a murder warrant with the film crew in tow? Was there any lack of planning or training that contributed to a accidental discharge of one officer's weapon. Was a raid necessary would a take down outside the home or a felony traffic stop been the better choice and did the A&E crew encourage the raid to build ratings?
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