Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy: Prosecute family of Aiyana Jones, not Officer Joe Weekley for doing his job.
Joseph Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter. He accidentally fired his gun, killing Aiyana Stanley-Jones, while leading officers on a raid to find a murder suspect in 2010.
This is important for many reasons, first and foremost to protect the good citizens of DETROIT, not from the people who are putting their lives on the line daily, but from the criminal element that makes their job so difficult. Like the family of Aiyana, who was harboring the criminal who is accused of killing a 17 year old in cold blood, reportedly because he looked at him wrong.
The Jones family, including Aiyana’s grandmother, has made the following statements according to a WDIV press release:
Mertilla Jones said she was upset with the racial makeup of the jury -- 11 whites and one African-American.
"Yeah, I was worried. Of course I was. Cause I'm from the 'ghetto in the city of Detroit.' You know what I'm saying? They look at us like we're dirt," she said.
Statement from the "Justice for Aiyana Jones Committee"
“From the start, the Justice for Aiyana Jones Committee (JAJC) had no confidence in this jury that had only one African-American juror from a county that is over 42 percent African-American. This is a bittersweet outcome; “bitter” because Weekley was not convicted; and “sweet” in that justice for Aiyana Jones will come soon. Whatever verdict comes in the future, Aiyana and her family and many of us will forever mark her brutal death as one of the most horrific in our lifetime."
--Roland Lawrence, Chairman, JAJC
These statements alone say it all. They take no responsibility for the actions that led Officer Weekley and the SRT to the home. It is time the proper people be held accountable.
The Governor of MI
The MI State Senate
The MI State House
Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor, Prosecutor's Office 1441 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 48226
Prosecute family of Aiyana Jones, not Officer Joe Weekley for doing his job.
Officer Weekley has not wavered from his original statement, and has admitted that he relives the accident daily. We pray that you will do the right thing and charge the right people this time around.