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Cop Who Fatally Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old, Will No Longer Face Charges

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The Detroit police officer who fatally shot a sleeping 7-year-old girl will not be retried, officials said Wednesday.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement that her office was moving to dismiss the case against Officer Joseph Weekley. He was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter and careless discharge of a firearm causing death, a misdemeanor, after Aiyana Stanley-Jones was killed in 2010 during a botched police raid at her home.

Weekley's first trial in 2013 ended in a mistrial. In a second trial last year, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway dismissed the manslaughter charge after a motion by the defense. The jury again deadlocked while deliberating whether to convict Weekley of the lesser charge, causing a second mistrial.

Today we personally informed the family of Aiyana Stanley–Jones that we have made a decision that we would not be going to trial for a third time in the Joseph Weekley case," Worthy said, calling Hathaway's decision to dismiss the manslaughter charge "unfortunate."

Shortly after midnight on May 16, 2010, members of the Detroit Police Department's Special Response Team initiated a raid on the Stanley-Jones home in search of a murder suspect. Weekley was first through the door and allegedly had difficulty seeing when another officer threw a a flash-bang grenade. Weekley fired his gun, killing Aiyana, who had been asleep on the couch with her grandmother.

Weekley maintained that he only shot because the grandmother, Mertilla Jones, struck his gun. She denied touching his weapon, and at trial the prosecution questioned why Weekley had his finger on the trigger.

As activists around the country have widely protested the police killings of unarmed black individuals, including Eric Garner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Detroiters have added Aiyana's name to the list of victims. In October, Roland Lawrence, chairman of the Justice for Aiyana Committee, condemned the judge's decision to dismiss the manslaughter charge against Weekley.

"Surely, the death of a baby by a well-trained police force must be deemed unacceptable in a civilized society," Lawrence said in a statement at the time.

The prosecution will move to dismiss the case against Weekley Friday morning.



Prosecutors have a lot of say so in the process
 

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Well..there was no intent. So one has to ask...if the grandmother did touch his gun...did he think the alleged murder suspect may have been in there and grabbing his gun? Didnt see the evidence showing she did or didnt do that.

If he just shot into the dark and smoke from the flash grenade...and didnt know his target and didnt see a clear threat...thats a bad shoot.

Up to prosecutors now. But...if cops start getting jailed for mistakes/accidents that had no criminal intent...itll further the slide of cops saying fuck it and our law enforcement standing down.
 

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As sad as this story is, there were two jury trials already.
 

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As sad as this story is, there were two jury trials already.

Horrible tragedy. But a crime?

We The People get to decide via jury trials of peers. Its our system...not mob rule.
 

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Well..there was no intent. So one has to ask...if the grandmother did touch his gun...did he think the alleged murder suspect may have been in there and grabbing his gun? Didnt see the evidence showing she did or didnt do that.

Nobody is claiming intent, you goddamned jackass! The charge is INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER, you stupid fuck!

If he just shot into the dark and smoke from the flash grenade...and didnt know his target and didnt see a clear threat...thats a bad shoot.

Up to prosecutors now. But...if cops start getting jailed for mistakes/accidents that had no criminal intent...itll further the slide of cops saying fuck it and our law enforcement standing down.

Of course you would, fucktard. Look, we know: anything a cop does is hunky-dorey to you, they can do no wrong.
 

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