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Detroit Mayor Bans TV Crews at Police Raids after Aiyana Jones Death

Aiyana was asleep on the living room sofa in her family's apartment when Detroit Police, searching for a homicide suspect, burst in and an officer's gun mistakenly went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck, family members said.
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Aiyana Jones (Personal Photo)

DETROIT (CBS/AP) One week after 7-year-old Aiyana Jones was fatally shot during a police raid with television cameras rollling, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is banning reality tv crews from tagging along with police.

PICTURES: Aiyana Jones, 7, Killed by Cop

Cameras from the reality crime show "The First 48" accompanied officers during the May 16 raid in which a police officer's bullet killed the child.

According to The Detroit News, Mayor Bing says he also has chided Police Chief Warren Evans for not telling him that he had been permitting tv cameras on raids.

Bing also said Monday, the paper reports, that Deputy Mayor Saul Green is helping Evans to tone down his aggressive policing style, and that the police chief remains "part of the solution" to the city's crime problem. Evans reports to Green.

According to Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee, the Detroit police barged into the home with their guns drawn searching for a homicide suspect.  A lawyer for Aiyana Jones' family has said police fired into the home from outside, after tossing a flash-bang grenade.

Police have said one of the officers was involved in a scuffle with a woman inside the home when the gun went off and fatally struck sleeping Aiyana in the neck.

Police have apologized for the child's death.

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