The family of a 7-year-old girl killed by Detroit police as she slept has reached a settlement with the city. According to the Associated Press (AP), Aiyana Stanley-Jones’ family will receive $8.25 million in the wake of her death.
Stanely-Jones slept on a couch beside her grandmother, Mertilla Jones, as Detroit police raided their home in search of a murder suspect in 2010. The child was shot in the head after a struggle ensued between her grandmother and officer Joseph Weekley.
The officer claimed his gun accidentally discharged during his interaction with Stanley-Jones’ grandmother. According to Michiganradio.org, video footage of the shooting was captured by A&E’s The First 48 and was used as evidence in two trials regarding Stanley-Jones’ death. Weekly was charged with involuntary manslaughter, but the charge was dismissed during a second trial in 2014.
Geoffrey Fieger, the family’s attorney, confirmed the settlement but said that it “won’t provide full justice. The only full justice would be to bring Aiyana back and I can’t do that.”
Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia commented on the recent settlement. “Aiyana’s death was a tragic loss for her family and has been a heavy burden on our community,” Garcia said. “We believe today’s settlement is fair because it balances the needs of Aiyana’s family and our responsibility for the city’s finances. We hope this resolution will provide everyone involved with a measure of closure.”
According to the AP, the settlement still needs to be approved by the Detroit City Council.
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