Detroit Officer Charged In 7-Year-Old Girl’s Death Amid Raid

Source: Corey Williams / MSNBC

Detroit — A Detroit police officer was charged Tuesday in the slaying of a 7-year-old girl who was shot to death during a raid on her home that was being shadowed by a reality television crew.

Officer Joseph Weekley, a member of the Detroit Police Special Response Team, was indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge following a yearlong Michigan State Police investigation into the May 2010 death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. He also faces a charge of careless discharge of a firearm causing death.

A judge entered a not-guilty plea for Weekley at an afternoon court hearing. The involuntary manslaughter charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

“The shooting itself tears them up,” Weekley’s lawyer, Steve Fishman, said about shootings involving officers. “I don’t think anybody realizes how their lives change. People think they’re androids and robots, and they’re wrong.”

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