Still No Justice For 7 Year Old Detroit Girl Murdered by Cops
Two years have gone by since Detroit police murdered 7 year old Aiyana Stanley Jones. Jones was asleep on her grandmother’s sofa when she was shot to death by a Detroit police officer who was showing off for TV videographers from the reality TV cop show “The First 48.”
Police raided the Jones family home in 2010 because they thought a suspect in a murder was hiding in the home.
Time reporting on the murder in 2010:
With a warrant in hand, they planned to search the house for the 34-year-old suspect. Officers say they announced their presence and then tossed a flash grenade into the front window of one side of the duplex to disorient the people inside. Then, police say, officers entered the house, where a 46-year-old grandmother in the front room allegedly struggled with an officer. Next, police say, an officer’s gun discharged, fatally shooting the woman’s 7-year-old granddaughter Aiyana Stanley Jones.
Officer Joseph Weekley, a reality TV cop star, shot inside the home, killing Aiyana. Weekley’s story has changed several times since the incident. First he said the girl’s grandmother was struggling for his gun, which caused it to misfire. Then he said the gun went off because someone brushed up against him. But Aiyana’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones, says she never came in contact with any of the police officers.
Prior to this incident, Weekley was already under federal investigation for an incident where he and his team killed two dogs and pointed their loaded guns at children.
Weekley has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, and his trial is set to begin in October.
Aiyana’s father, Charles Jones, has been accused in taking part in the murder that police were investigating.
Since the incident, the Jones family has said that Detroit police have come to their home and physically assaulted several family members.
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