It's with a very heavy heart that I send this update.
Last week Wayne County Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway, who we petitioned to retry Officer Joseph Weekley, has dismissed the involuntary manslaughter charge against him. Now, the only charge Weekley currently faces is reckless discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor.
“Aiyana’s family remains devastated, and this ruling ... does not help to ease their pain,” said Roland Lawrence, the spokesman for the group that pressed for charges against Weekley.
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This is an especially heartbreaking development in the wake of the murders of other young Black people at the hands of law enforcement, but I hope that we can continue to fight for Aiyana and keep her memory alive.
There's a movement building to end these senseless acts of police brutality and I believe that we owe it to ourselves and Aiyana to lift our voices and demand change.