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Detroit Activists Remember Aiyana Stanley-Jones

Black Matters and several other Detroit civil rights groups are planning to hold a rally in memory of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7-year-old African American girl who was fatally shot by a Detroit Police Officer during a raid.

May 16 marked the six year anniversary of the girl’s death.

The rally, set to take place on May 21, will be held in Campus Maritus Park at 800 Woodward Ave at 2pm.

“The reason why we’re raising up on May 21 is the lack of justice for innocent Black people who died at the hands of police,” the group said in a press release. “Justice hasn’t been served for Aiyana and her grieving family. And the main purpose of our rally is to draw as much attention to this problem as possible.”

Officer Joseph Weekley, a member of Detroit’s SWAT team, led a crew in search of a murder suspect to Stanley-Jones’ home in 2010. He fatally wounded the child after accidentally firing his gun and was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

In 2013, a Wayne County judge declared a mistrial in the case when jurors could not reach a verdict. A second mistrial followed and in 2015, Weekley returned back to the force after a five-year hiatus.