Americans remember 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones on 5th anniversary of death

Aiyana Stanley-Jones was killed five years ago this weekend.
Aiyana Stanley-Jones was killed five years ago this weekend.

Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was shot by a Detroit cop while she slept on a couch during a botched raid in 2010.

Aiyana was trending on Twitter this weekend, prompting planned protests in Philadelphia today and Harlem on Monday.

The heartbreaking hashtag #AiyanasDreams began trending Saturday on Twitter as thousands of people expressed condolences, expressed outrage and called for justice.

The family, which started the hashtag, filed suit in federal court against the Detroit Police Department less than two months ago, saying her killing was covered up by cops. The officer, Joseph Weekley, who shot Aiyana, was charged with manslaughter but both trials ended with deadlocked juries.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Nick Nightmare

    May we take comfort in knowing that this little angel is by the Lord’s side, free of the burdens of this existence. Rest in peace little one.

    As far as the cop that doesn’t know how to hold a gun, well, what do you expect from an adult male with an education willing to work at a job with the stress levels of a neurosurgeon coupled with the pay scale of a grocery bagger? This guy just wanted to abuse black people, so he took a job as a Detroit Police officer. He sought out a job that let him feed his racism and sadism at the same time, and as a result a child is dead. And due to the circumstances of police work, and the police protecting one of their own, this guy is on the job to this very day, compensating for his own failings in life by racially profiling black folks under the guise of law and order. Another one of the city’s finest, huh?

  • falseprophet

    Who?

  • Ballsy Terri

    The criminals living in this house caused this little girl’s death.
    No amount of blaming others will hide the fact that the people in this house were perfectly fine with the criminal lifestyle providing them free “stuff”.
    The “lifestyle” they live has consequences. Sadly, Aiyana is dead because of her family, and their friend’s, actions.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    They did not seek out to even hurt a child. The family was harboring a fugitive murderer who by the way killed someone elses child.

    Anyways the family had no regard for human life, no regard for the law, no regard for aiyanas well being or there would never have been a fugitive in the house.

    If that dude cared about aiyana, he would have never brought that attention to where she lived, and would instead go turn himself in.

    He did the opposite, and i believe the whole family was fighting the cops when they stormed the house.

    Poor kid to have such a terrible wreckless family as her caregivers.

    • javierjuanmanuel

      This kids name should not ve brought up in regards to police, they did nothing wrong. This is the product of having to go get people. There will always be x number of bullets fired per y number of raids. Fire enough rounds, someone will catch a bullet.

      This should be brought up in bad parenting articles. The police did not fail to care, her own parents failed to care.

      Lastly if the brother of the guy the fugitive shot avenged his death and killed aiyana and her uncle, almost no one would care. Fact!

    • bebow

      Around the time of Aiyana’s death, I read an interesting piece in Black Voices. A journalist visited the neighborhood and interviewed people living near the family. It was clear the circumstances surrounding Aiyana in life, circumstances that substantially contributed to her death, could have been arrested prior to an escalation if the DPD serviced her area. So, while I don’t disagree that her people recklessly disregarded her safety, the city treated her with casual indifference. A lovely, innocent, almond-eyed girl, who was just as good as anyone else, was subjected to selection and found unworthy by a morally depraved minority that never knew her.

    • maggiemay

      Well said.

  • Sizz

    The killer is still employed by the Detroit Police Department. He’ll put in enough time to collect his pension from the Detroit taxpayers and then bugger off to the suburbs where he can join another more anonymous department.

    • Lennie Pike

      The real killer is granny.

  • bebow

    She was a lovely, innocent child, who lived and died in nightmarish circumstances.