Aiyana Stanley-Jones

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Seven-year-old Aiyana Mo’Nay Stanley-Jones was shot and killed by police during a raid on her Detroit home as she slept on May 16, 2010. Detroit police conducted the raid in search of a suspect they believed to be involved with a nearby shooting. Joseph Weekley, the officer accused of shooting Jones claimed that her grandmother, Mertilla Jones,  attempted to take the officer’s sidearm, resulting in a bullet discharge that struck and killed Aiyanna. Mrs. Jones says she reached for her granddaughter after a grenade was thrown through her window. The police would later learn that they had in fact breached the wrong apartment. The suspect that they were searching for lived in the apartment upstairs. There is also question as to whether or not the filming of the raid by the television show, The First 48, might have added to the unusually aggressive tactics of Detroit’s SWAT team.

After a one-year internal and federal investigation, on October 4, 2011, a grand jury indicted Officer Joseph Weekley on involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment with a gun. Officer Weekley would subsequently be tried for involuntary manslaughter and be acquitted. The Jones family has filed lawsuits against the Detroit police department as well as A&E, the channel that produces The First 48.

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