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Grandmother says she watched officer shoot girl, 7

WindySummer 5,690 June 11, 2013 at 07:59 PM
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Photo: AP Detroit Police officer Joseph Weekley, left, and his attorney Steve Fishman confer during a break in the proceedings at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Weekley is on trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, during a police raid.

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DETROIT (AP) — Beneath a multi-colored quilt of Disney cartoon characters, 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones lay peacefully on the living room couch of her grandmother's first-floor flat on Detroit's east side.

Mertilla Jones lay at the other end, having recently put the girl to sleep. Within seconds — maybe as few as three — a stun grenade smashed through a window, exploding over the couch. Armed, black-clad and masked police officers swarmed into the living room and , moments later, Aiyana lay bleeding to death with a gunshot wound to her head.
The raid by the Detroit police special response team was shadowed by a crew from the reality TV show, "The First 48."

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Armed with an MP5 submachine gun and behind a shield, team veteran Weekley was selected as point man for the operation — tasked with being first into the home in search of murder suspect, Chauncey Owens.

Weekley has said his gun accidentally fired when Mertilla Jones bumped into him or grabbed it. Prosecutors say he was negligent in failing to control his weapon. Jones testified she rolled onto the floor after the noise and flash from the grenade, and was on her stomach when Weekley stormed in.
Special response team member Larry Davis testified Monday that Weekley told him after the shooting that someone grabbed his weapon. "I told him things would be OK. That's about it," Davis said.

Is this the way justice justice rolls in the United States? "The suspect reached," a cell phone video of a lethal beating disappeared.

Is this what we want or desire as citizens of this country? Should a murder suspect be expected to raise $500,000 in order to receive equal justice?

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When asked by prosecutors if knowing children were in the house would have forced police to change raid tactics, Davis responded: "Probably not."


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This ended with a mistrial due to a hung jury.
Pre-trial scheduling conference is July 25.
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Quote from digitalhandle View Post :
Pre-trial scheduling conference is July 25.
Correct, for the second trial, since the first trial jury was dead-locked, and the judge declared a mistrial.
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