Aiyana Stanley-Jones, seven years old, was shot during a police raid on her home in Detroit.
The police threw a grenade through a window and then entered as they sought a murder suspect. Paramilitary weapons and tactics too often lead to unnecessary deaths and injuries. Rep. John Conyers wrote a letter to the Attorney General, asking him to monitor the case. In that letter, Conyers cites the Cato work, Overkill. That’s a start, but Conyers should go to work in the Congress and stop the Pentagon practice of selling surplus military equipment to local police departments. More here [pdf].
Update: Radley Balko has more on this incident here.