Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Eric Holder remains quiet over brutality by Detroit police

Eric Holder remains quiet over brutality by Detroit police

Eric Holder

Photo - AP 

Anthony Bouchard - Cheyenne Government Examiner

Attorney General Eric holder was in Detroit for a ground breaking ceremony for a civil rights center at Wayne State University.

Ironically Holder, widely critical about the treatment of Terrorists isn’t saying a word about the killing of a seven year old girl that was needlessly shot by the police during a raid.

The little girl was sleeping at the time the police broke down the door and came in shooting. The girl, Aiyana Jones was hit in the head and neck and later died at the Hospital.

A&E had been shadowing the Detroit Police filming TV footage when the raid went bad. According to an AP report – Geoffrey Fieger the family’s Attorney said "the video shows an officer lobbing the [flash] grenade and then shooting into the home from the porch".

Sadly Eric Holder, America's top law enforcement officer declined to comment on the matter.


May 17, 2010http://detnews.com/article/20100517/METRO/5170376

Federal probe sought in fatal shooting; Holder mum on incident

Detroit -- Attorney General Eric Holder made no mention of Sunday's fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl by Detroit police when he spoke at a groundbreaking for the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University early this afternoon.

About a dozen supporters of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality and the Michigan Anti-War Coalition demonstrated across the street from the groundbreaking before it began. Ron Scott, a spokesman for the coalition, said he was calling on Holder to open a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting. 

"We think he should investigate this shooting and investigate what seems to be a policy that is leading to these kinds of confrontations," Scott said.

Holder did not make himself available to reporters but Justice Department officials in Detroit said talk of a federal investigation is premature. The shooting is under investigation by the Michigan State Police.

Aiyana Jones was fatally shot by police early Sunday when Detroit officers were raiding a two-unit flat on the east side in an attempt to arrest a man wanted for murder.

The demonstration ended before the groundbreaking ceremony and didn't disrupt it. 

At the ceremony, Holder, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and other speakers honored Judge Damon J. Keith of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, who Holder described as "a trailblazer and an icon" as well as "a towering role model."

Among the speakers were real estate developer A. Alfred Taubman, who donated $3 million to help build the center, and Ford Motor Co. vice president Edsel Ford II, who donated $1 million.

"I hope that equal justice under the law will guide the work of the Keith Center," Keith told the crowd. 

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