Aiyana Stanley-Jones Family Reaches $8.25 Million Settlement
We never really know how to feel about these stories.
On one hand, the families of those who have been killed by the hands of the police deserve restitution from the state, on the other, what’s really the right amount of money to pay a family who has lost someone they love dearly?
According to DetroitNews, the police department and the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones have reached an $8.25 million settlement for her shooting death back on May 16, 2010. Officer Joseph Weekly’s sub-machine gun fired a single shot when Aiyana’s aunt pushed the gun out of her face as police conducted a raid of their home.
Weekly was charged with Aiyana’s death and was tried twice, neither of which reached a conviction. He now works for the Criminal Investigations Bureau after being transferred from the Special Response Team in 2015.
“Aiyana’s death was a tragic loss for her family and has been a heavy burden on our community. 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 a measure of closure,” Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia said in a statement.
Rest in peace, Aiyana.