TV Crews Can’t Tag Along for Police Raids, Detroit Mayor Says

By Julianne Hing May 25, 2010

In the wake of Aiyana Stanley-Jones’ death, Detroit Mayor David Bing said yesterday that television production crews will no longer be allowed to accompany police on raids of homes. A production team with cable network A&E’s "First 48" was following Detroit police officers the night that 7-year-old Jones was shot in the head and killed in her family’s home. “We don’t think it’s in the best interest of police procedure,” Bing’s spokesperson Karen Dumas said a week after the fatal May 16 raid. “It’s not necessarily proven to be negative, but it’s also not necessarily proven to be positive,” Dumas said. Bing was reportedly unaware of the contract between "First 48" and the city, which has been in place for the last six years, and which does not involve the exchange of money.