May 24, 2010 3:30PM

Grenades and Paramilitary Policing

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.