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Aiyana Jones Update: Police Cover Up in 7-Year-Old's Killing, Says Family Attorney

Aiyana Jones (Personal Photo)
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (CBS/AP) The attorney for the family whose 7-year-old daughter, Aiyana Jones, was killed by police during a raid in Detroit is making serious accusations against the Detroit Police Department.

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"The entire incident has been a cover up," attorney Geoffrey Fieger told reporters Tuesday at his Southfield offices north of Detroit. "The rest of the truth will come out."

An independent autopsy showed that the 7-year-old girl slain during the raid by a police officer's bullet was shot through the top of her head, not through her neck as police said, Fieger said Tuesday.

The report by pathologist Daniel Spitz bears out arguments by Aiyana's family that she was laying on a sofa in the living room of their downstairs flat when she was shot during the May 16 police raid, according to the attorney.

Fieger also repeated statements he made two days after the shooting that video footage of the raid shows the shot was fired from the porch outside the two-story duplex on the city's east side.

Police said the girl was shot in the neck when an officer struggled with, or was jostled by, her grandmother inside the home.

"When officers entered the house, she was already shot," said Fieger, who was joined in Tuesday's press conference by Aiyana's parents and grandmother. "It's also clear there is no time for a scuffle."

Fieger hired Spitz, medical examiner for nearby Macomb County, to perform the independent autopsy. The Wayne County medical examiner's office listed a gunshot wound to the neck as causing Aiyana's death.

"He shot purposely," Fieger said. "I'm not suggesting he knew what he was shooting at. What he was aiming at, I can't tell you."

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