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Grenade’s use in lethal raid questioned, defended

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Detroit Free Press
May 18, 2010

The stunning burst of light and noise from a flash-bang grenade was meant to distract and disorient whoever was inside the east-side Detroit duplex as officers sought to capture a murder suspect, police said.

But in the wake of the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones during the raid, Michigan State Police are investigating what led to her death, while city police are reviewing whether the tactics were appropriate.

National experts say flash-bang grenades are useful tools in high-risk situations. But veteran Detroit cops told the Free Press on Monday that the devices are rarely used.

“In my entire career, we’ve only used these in barricaded-gunmen situations as a diversionary tactic,” said one Detroit cop, who has been on hundreds of high-risk arrests and raids.

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