After Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway dismissed the involuntary manslaughter charge against Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley in the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, she declared a mistrial. The jury could not reach a verdict on whether Weekley caused the death through reckless use of a firearm.
Weekley was part of a SWAT team that raided a home in 2010. The man they were looking for was not in the home at the time. The team was being followed by The First 48 reality TV crew. Family members of the victim have alleged that the police were playing to the cameras in their reckless raid.
Weekley said that Jones’ grandmother attacked him and the gun accidentally went off killing Jones who was sleeping on a nearby couch. Other officers who testified could not say that happened, they testified the scene was “chaotic”.
Weekley’s first trial also ended in a mistrial for the same reason. It is unclear if he will be tried for a third time.