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(Originally Posted on May 25, 2010)
This is sad and tragic.
Again, I woke up this morning with her face in my head. This little precious and beautiful brown-skinned girl is gone. She will never go to high school, will never attend college, will never play outside again, will never learn to drive a car, andâ€¦â€¦.*sigh*
Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, was shot and killed by Detroit police while sheÂ slept on a living room sofa at home. According to reports, police entered the familyâ€™s apartment with a search warrant at 12:40 AM on May 16 in search of a homicide suspect. According to the Detroit News, Charles Jones, Aiyanaâ€™s father, first heard a flash grenade go off inside the apartment, followed by gunshot. When he came in the living room, he was forced to the ground to lay face down in his own daughterâ€™s blood.
â€œI saw the light go out of her eyesâ€¦They killed my grandbaby,â€ said Mertilla Jones, Aiyanaâ€™s grandmother.
Imagine the pain.
Early reports stated that the gun went off accidentally when Ms. Jones wrestled with the shooting officer, causing his weapon to let off shots that hit little Aiyana.Â How many times have we heard the wordâ€œaccidentallyâ€Â used when something like this happens in the Black community?
But the Detroit police wasnâ€™t alone when they arrived at the home. A television crew was filming the raid for A&Eâ€™s reality show â€œThe First 48.â€ The attorney representing the family, Geoffrey Fieger, alleges a police cover up and says the shot was fired from outside the home. He also saysÂ video footage contradicts the policeâ€™s versionÂ of how the 7-year-old was shot.
â€œI never struggled with the Detroit Police. If I had struggled with the Detroit Police,Â Iâ€™d be dead alongside my granddaughter. They messed up, and they know theyâ€¦ messed up,â€ said Ms. JonesÂ on Fox News
See, there is more to this story and the truth will come out. And when it does, what will happen in Detroit? Who else do you think is at fault for this?Â Will they release the A&E video to the public?
While looking over her casket, Rev. Al Sharpton preachedÂ the eulogy of AiyanaÂ on May 22 at Second Ebeneezer Church in Detroit. â€œThis child is the breaking point,â€ he said.
The next day, Rev. AlÂ posted this on Twitter: â€œWe must stop all violence at all levels together. I hope this childâ€™s death is a wake up call to the thugs and the police. We are in crises.â€
The cry for justice in the death of Aiyana is growing online with the launching of theÂ â€œShe Has A Name: Aiyana Jonesâ€Â Facebook page andÂ â€œJustice for Aiyanaâ€Â Twitter page. I am following both.
The family says that Aiyana loved to singâ€¦..The world will never get to hear her sweet voice on a grand stage.
Tomorrow it could be your child. If we donâ€™t care, who will?
Think about it.