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Detroit Cop Charged In Death of Girl In Raid

October 04, 2011  | 

Detroit Police officer Joseph Weekley has been charged with causing the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was shot during a May 2010 raid.

Wayne County prosecutors charged Officer Weekley with involuntary manslaughter, as well as careless and reckless discharge of a firearm. The girl was inside a home that had been targeted as the location of Charles Jones, Aiyana's father, who was wanted on a murder charge.

Charles Jones was arrested today and faces charges of first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, felony firearm, habitual fourth offense and perjury at a court proceeding in the shooting of Je'Rean Blake, a teen killed two days before the raid.

In addition to Officer Weekley, charges of perjury and obstruction of justice have been filed against Allison Howard, 42, of Boston. Howard was a photographer with "The First 48," which had a crew following the Special Response Team.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Related: Detroit Officer Who Shot 7-Year-Old Girl May Have Scuffled With Grandmother

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Janet @ 10/5/2011 7:05 AM

My deepest sympathy to the family of Miss Aiyana Stanley-Jones. The officer should have been more careful. But the blame is not entirely on him. Her father put his family in a dangerous situation.

michael @ 10/5/2011 11:04 PM

I am very sorry to hear of this loss. This is an unfortunate situation but do people really think the police officer would want to hurt or kill a child. Lets put the blame where it should be. The grandmother and the father should be charged, if they didn't commit crimes none of this would have happen.
The officer is going to be the fall guy here, he made a mistake or the action of the grandmother cause the weapon to go off? I think it's a bunch of BS about the flash bang too. This guy was wanted for homicide not petty theft.

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