1 Feb 2015

'She was only a baby': last charge dropped in police raid that killed sleeping Detroit child

Final charges against Joseph Weekley, a police officer who shot dead a 7-year-old girl, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, in Detroit in May 2010, were dismissed on Friday, leaving a family bereft and raising serious concern among national groups over an increasingly militarized –police force.
In an echo of deaths at police hands that rocked the US last year, including those of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York, Officer Weekley is white and Aiyana Stanley-Jones was black.
Juries twice failed to reach a verdict in Weekley’s case, first in June 2013 and thenin October 2014. In October, judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway dismissed a charge of involuntary manslaughter, citing a lack of evidence.
On Friday, Hathaway dismissed a lesser second charge, of reckless use of a firearm. The dismissal was at the request of Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy, who called the decision, which by law cannot be appealed,“unfortunate”.
“Weekley doesn’t have to pay but the family that lost a child has to pay,” said Ron Scott, a spokesman for the family, shortly after attending the dismissal hearing. “I think it’s abominable. I think it’s evil. I think it’s one of the lowest things I have ever seen.”
Scott said a civil suit had been filed and an appeal made to US attorney general Eric Holder to pursue a case for the violation of Aiyana’s civil rights. 
On 16 May 2010, Aiyana was shot dead by Weekley in the middle of the night, as she slept on a sofa inside her home on the east side of Detroit. Her grandmother, Mertilla Jones, was close by.
The home was the target of a midnight Swat-style operation designed to arrest her uncle – who was living in the apartment upstairs and was the main suspect in the murder of a teenager a couple of days before. Weekley was the first officer to enter the home, seconds after a flashbang grenade – a war device created by the British SAS in the 1960s to disorient with a blinding flash and a temporarily deafening noise – was lobbed into it.
Outside, a reality television crew filmed the events for A&E.
Seconds after entering the house, where the grenade had caused Aiyana’s blanket to catch fire, Weekley fired one fatal shot. It went straight through the child’s head. Weekley said it was an accident and accused Jones of wrestling with his gun immediately as he entered the abode, causing the fatal shot.
Jones was arrested, and though she was quickly released it was not before she and two other family members – Aiyana’s parents – had been forced to sit in their child’s blood for hours, Scott said.
In the witness box in September, Jones said: “I’m laying there screaming, asking someone to help my granddaughter because he shot her in the head. And he wouldn’t even help her. They turned on the lights and saw that she had been shot.”
Jones broke down during testimony and had to be escorted out amid sobbing after addressing Weekley – who was also in the courtroom – directly.
“She was only a baby, man. She was sleeping and I told you all ‘Let me get my granddaughter’, and you didn’t give me a chance. Why you do this to me?
“I get no sleep. I am sick. I am sick as hell. I get no sleep. The flashbacks. I wouldn’t wish this on nobody in the world. Not even you.”

7 comments:

  1. freewheelinfranklin5431 February 2015 at 10:18

    Pretty sick! The cops can murder children with impunity. This ain't America. If the so-called Justus dosen't do real JUSTICE we are headed for civil war and revolution. GOD help us all!

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  2. I wonder if they can sue A&E now?

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  3. What kind of message is this sending out ? Prosecutors are always whining about if they do this or that "what kind of message will that send?" yet when a real case of criminal negligence causing death comes along they make sure the Grand Jury only gets cherry picked information so the cop/killer gets the least amount of accountability. So? What IS the message being sent by the so-called justice system? The message is clear, that we, the peons, will NEVER get a fair deal from a system that is broken where the odds are rigged from the onset by a corrupt legal system, most predominantly from the prosecutors who have lost all sense of any sort of moral compass.
    There will be a time when the sanctioned killers will get a taste of the medicine they so eagerly dish out ( remember what happened to 2 cops in NYC?) and then the system will whine some more about how we need more cops who will behave the same way, and expect the voters just buy into this fraud.

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  4. If this were my grandchild I would tell Weekly he best not have children or grandchildren, and don't sleep too deeply, because you never know who is watching you and your family.

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  5. Sounds like the prosecutor and judge should be indited as accessories after the fact.

    "Accessory: In Criminal Law, contributing to or aiding in the commission of a crime. One who, without being present at the commission of an offense, becomes guilty of such offense, not as a chief actor, but as a participant, as by command,advice, instigation, or concealment; either before or after the fact or commission."

    There is no lack of evidence. Ballistics can match the bullet to the gun, and the gun to the officer. There is no question of the cause of death. There is no question as to negligence and/or recklessness.

    "Recklessness: Rashness; heedlessness; wanton conduct. The state of mind accompanying an act that either pays no regard to its probably or possibly injurious consequences, or which, though foreseeing such consequences, persists in spite of such knowledge.

    "Recklessness transcends ordinary Negligence. To be reckless, conduct must demonstrate indifference to consequences under circumstances involving peril to the life or safety of others, although no harm is intended."



    I don't see any lack of evidence or reasonable doubt here. Just a bunch of civil servants who have neglected duty in favor of CYA.

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  6. Revenge is coming on these PSYCHOPATHS..time is the only determinant........WHEN Americans get ANGRY enough !!!

    They, but for a very few, are not quite there YET. The PAST easy life has made them Lazy and SLOW to respond, but respond they will


    I have said this many times on alternative sites : The Establishment of Zionists and Freemasons are determined to put Americans in a corner, from which the only EXIT will be VIOLENCE.



    They need to destroy America as it is the only REASONABLY FREE country, remaining, by virtue of the Constitution, and thus is setting a "BAD" example for all the sheeple SLAVES on his planet.


    The Establishment WILL get their violence but it will also NOT end WELL for them!

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  7. That's AmeriKa, my friend; the land where cops murder babies and are almost congratulated for it.
    That Weekley jerk deserves to be shot multiple times in his shitty face.

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