*Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said Thursday the city has no answer to the recent spike in violence that has left at least 12 people dead, including a patrolman, two teenage boys, a grandmother, the adult son of another police officer, and a 7-year-old girl.
“It’s very demoralizing, very painful … don’t know how to stop it, quite frankly,” Bing told a group of area business and elected leaders Thursday during an annual political forum in the suburban community of Birmingham.
Tension after a Detroit police officer accidentally shot second-grader Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a raid early Sunday morning continues to hang over the city.
Police have said the officer’s gun discharged inside the house after he was jostled by, or collided with, the girl’s grandmother.
An attorney for the family has filed two lawsuits in the case and claims the shot was fired from outside on the porch.
Both Bing and Police Chief Warren Evans have apologized to the girl’s family, and the Michigan State Police have launched an investigation into her death.
Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers on Wednesday asked Attorney General Eric Holder to have the Justice Department look into the case and evaluate similar police raids, nationally. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade in Detroit said in a statement the Justice Department is monitoring the state investigation.
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