Mistrial Declared for Detroit Cop Who Killed 7 Year Old Girl
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

be news Jurors have failed to reach a verdict on manslaughter charges in the trial of Joseph Weekley, a Detroit police officer, who fatally shot 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a police raid in 2010. The judge has declared a mistrial.

Weekley killed Aiyana, while leading officers on a video taped raid to find a murder suspect. He claimed he pulled the trigger during a struggle with the girl’s grandmother, but the grandmother said it didn’t happen that way and another officer testified there was no struggle over the gun.

A retrial date hasn’t been set yet.


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Makkada B. Selah is a journalist based in New York City.

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