Grandma Recounts Night Cops Killed 7-Year-Old
Tells trial cops 'came to kill' in 2010 raid that left granddaughter dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 10, 2013 5:55 PM CDT
This undated family photo shows Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, who was shot and killed Sunday, May 16, 2010, by a shot from a Detroit police officer during a raid to arrest a murder suspect.   (Anonymous)

(Newser) – 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 Detroit flat. Within seconds, 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. "As soon as they came in, their guns were just pointing right there, and he pulled the trigger," Aiyana's grandmother, Mertilla Jones, 50, said today during the Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley's involuntary manslaughter trial.

The May 2010 nighttime raid was in search of murder suspect who lived upstairs in the unit, and the cops were being shadowed by a crew from reality TV show The First 48. Weekley has said his gun accidentally fired when Jones bumped into him or grabbed it. But Jones testified she rolled onto the floor after the noise and flash from the grenade, and was on her stomach when Weekley stormed in. Last week, a neighbor testified that he tried to tell officers before they raided the home that children were inside. Under cross-examination today, Jones said the officers were negligent. "They knew there were children in there. So why would they come in there like that? They came to kill, and they killed a 7-year-old."

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howkloosh
Jun 16, 2013 8:40 PM CDT
I wonder which one of them had to pick her up after? Man you slick quick as lightn reflexes. Dropped that 7 year old., did you blow the smoke from the barrel of your gun after?
howkloosh
Jun 16, 2013 8:39 PM CDT
So tired of the media pussy footing around with the rotten cops, you mean in all their so called training they can perform no better than this? Now were going to say oh another accident, another time when people neighbors tried to give them info they should have listened too. did they need to bust in right then? oh they had to perform for the camera. Big bad copper. True police work seeks to mitigate violence not perpetrate it no matter who else has to die innocent or not. that alone suggests their method is costly and violent and primitive and putting the public in uncessary danger without trying any other method. Strong arming as a general attitude instead of wise learned intelligent police work concerned with true justice and real bravery for what is truly right. Oh thats right this doesnt agree with the official statement,.......Bah ha ha ha ha
GENOTRON
Jun 14, 2013 4:24 PM CDT
Yes we need good cops that know what they are doing and are in control of there fire arms. We need the good cops to ratt out and remove the bad ones. I know this will not happen! I had three years of gun club in middle school. We were trained that there is no such thing as an accident with a fire arm!!! you never aim a gun at anyone unless you aim to kill them!!! The local police seem to be acting like nazi storm troopers with little concern for constitution or the bill of rights!! He aimed his gun and pulled the trigger. The media and the courts need to stop using the word "accident"