Family of 7-Year-Old Girl Killed By Detroit Police Reach $8.2M Settlement

Aiyana Stanley-Jones was killed in 2010 while sleeping by Detroit police. Her family reached a settlement with the city.

Aiyana Stanley-Jones was killed in 2010 while sleeping by Detroit police. Her family has reached a settlement with the city.

By Malcolm Speaks

The city of Detroit has agreed to pay an $8.25 million settlement to the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a little girl who was shot and killed during a police raid in 2010.

This settlement was announced just days before a civil trial for the case was set to begin and it is now awaiting approval from the Detroit City Council, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Seven year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot and killed when a bullet from Detroit officer Joseph Weekley‘s gun struck her in the head while she slept on the couch in her family’s home during a raid. Officers raided the home in a chaotic fashion in order to search for a murder suspect on May 16, 2010.

Officer Weekley, a former member of the department’s elite special response team, claimed that his gun went off accidentally while he “tussled” with the little girl’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones.

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, according to CBS.

The Detroit officer was tried twice, and both trials ended in hung juries. During the trials, prosecutors accused Weekley of being negligent, careless and reckless in the execution of a search warrant for a murder suspect and said Weekley should have followed his training and kept his finger off the trigger of his gun.

However, a judge actually dropped the involuntary manslaughter charge during the second trial in 2014, citing lack of evidence and officer Weekly is still a member of the Detroit police force.

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