Detroit Police shoot 7-year-old girl in house search

Posted: May 16th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian

from Detroit News

Detroit — Mertilla Jones recounted the horrific death of her granddaughter this evening outside the home where the 7-year-old was killed by a police bullet.

“They blew my granddaughter’s brains out. They killed her right before my eyes,” Jones said. “I watched the light go out of her eyes. I seen it.”

Aiyana Jones was fatally shot early Sunday by a Detroit Police officer hunting for a murder suspect, police said. She had been asleep on a living room sofa when officers raided her east-side home.

Police arrested a 34-year-old suspect, but declined to say if he was found in the downstairs apartment where the girl was shot or in an upstairs flat they also raided.

The shooting happened at 12:40 a.m., when the Special Response Team executed a no-knock search warrant on the duplex in the 4000 block of Lillibridge. Officers rushed in after throwing a stun grenade through the glass of a front window.

Family members said they were told by police the gun discharged when Mertilla Jones, 46, attempted to wrestle away the officer’s weapon. Later Sunday, police spokesman John Roach said the weapon may have fired simply because Jones and the officer collided.

Mertilla Jones was held until Sunday afternoon, and it remained unclear if she will face charges. Police said she spent several hours hospitalized with what police described as medical issues.

Ron Scott, leader of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, said tonight that his group will seek an investigation of the shooting by the U.S. Department of Justice and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

“They came into my house with a flash grenade and a bullet,” said Charles Jones, father of the slain girl. “They say my mother (Mertilla Jones) resisted them, that she tried to take an officer’s gun. My mother had never been in handcuffs in her life. They killed my baby and I want someone to tell the truth.”

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Comments (3)


  1. Tyrone says:

    Why does America give a ok to police officers that murder unarmed black Americans! With nothing more then the excuse “I thought he or she had a gun! Or I had to make a split second decision and my decision was wrong and cause death …but I’m a cop so TOO-BAD-SO-SAD! Or black children as young as two or seven years old unarmed and non-combative can be murder by mostly white police officer so-call accidentally OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY!!!! And America can give the alive officer the benefit of the doubt and say well….a cop has a hard job sooo…..TOO-BAD-SO-SAD you live in a bad neighborhood! Years ago racist white cops would just plant gun in the citizen hand to justify murdering a unarmed citizen! Today they don’t need to plant guns because NOBODY cares the police officer lies are always believe over the dead person that can’t tell the other side or the truth! If that same police officer worked in a factory and accidentally cause someone death…He or she would be fire! But a officer can shoot a unarmed non-combative black citizen 41 to 50 times and be back to work before the body is out the hospital or in the ground! Today in this time racist …stupid and abusive murderous white cops are accepted as just doing a hard job! Even white cops that murder so-call accidentally black cops are accepted as just made a mistake TOO-BAD-SO-SAD…all blacks look like criminals in white cops sick minds!Black people are called crybaby if they complain and even told that they are the blame for stupid racist and murderous white cops! If blacks didn’t live in bad neighborhoods they would not have to murder them and their children. All this coward and downright disgraceful and abuse of authority behavior continue daily in America while black men and women are fighting and dying in two wars . For the same white evil coward racist low life un-American white police officers! Gutless white police officer that murder black children should be fire immediately and never be permitted to own a firearm! I bet a million dollars that if cops knew they would be fire for accidentally killing a human being or a unarmed human being. All these accidental murders and unarmed murders WILL STOP! But there is not a politician with enough guts or who give a damn about black children being murder let alone black adults! They are more concern with a racist STUPID lowlife coward murderous white cop keeping his or her JOB!

  2. Tyrone says:

    NEW LAW THE Aiyana Jones BILL

    As of this date _____/_____/____________/ no American police officer can murder a unarmed American citizen and remain a police officer! Especially if he or she shoots a person in the back faces down or sleep! He or she will be fire immediately! And charge with a crime! If the American citizen is unarmed and under the age of 18 years of age! The police Officer be charge with “first degree murder”! If the unarmed American citizen is unarmed and innocent and is injure by being beaten or taser a cop that is found to use unnecessary force! That cop cannot ever have use of that equipment! He or she will be fire immediately!

    All raids that are conducted officers must investigate first that children under the age of 12 ARE NOT PRESENT! If a child or children are present under the age of 12 years old. A raid cannot be conducted! If a senior citizen is present over the age of 60 year old a raid cannot be conducted!

    A cop CANNOT taser a pregnant American citizen or senior citizen! If a pregnant citizen is injure from being taser that officer will be charge with double offences! Police can no longer place American citizen on the ground to handcuff nor can they place a knee on a American citizen back,neck or head!

    Ones a American citizen is handcuff he or she is place in the patrol car. NOT made to lay on the ground or patrol car. Also a senior citizen on oxygen CANNOT BE TASER!


    Little Aiyana Jones is dead just 7 years old at the hands of Detroit Police Officer. They first burn the sleeping child then shot her dead in the neck. In the last ten years it seem that white cops accidentally shoot black children as young as two years old! Tasering senior citizen and pregnant black women are now the norm. Please send this Bill to your Mayor, Senators, President and all law makers! Asked them to past this bill to protect all American!

  3. Tyrone says:

    As a black man I hate to hear black people say” us black folk believe this way or that way”! Black people who state that don’t know what 38 million black Americans think! But I do expect black people in entertainment or in the news to respect black people and acknowledge the wrong done to black people! AND SPEAK OUT! Oprah has the biggest talk show on American TV. A black woman that endorsed the first black man for President of the United States ! America got it’s first black President! Someone like Oprah maybe could bring light to injustice toward black children by white cops! Maybe just maybe we as black people along with Oprah’s help can stop black children from being murder by white cops. In New York black children going to and from school are made to strip and take off their shoes in public! We know that black adult men are target practice for many police departments. That is just the way of life they are hated from birth! BUT young black seven year old Aiyana Jones was asleep in her Detroit home and Detroit cops threw a flash bomb in her home and lit her on fire. Then enter the home and fire a shot into the neck of the innocent child killing her! Aiyana is not the first black innocent child murder by white cops! And because of a racist and bias society that we live in. She will not be the last! Many people have even blame the dead innocent child for living in her home in her community. Some have even blame the community for the action of the incompetent police force. Or the fact that the people lived in a dirty home! Their have been some idiot that believe the lying cops account that the grandmother grabbed the gun and therefore the gun went off! Detroit cops have murder and lied about murder many many times that a fact! But cops are given the benefit of the doubt! They could have done a better job to prevent Aiyana death but with the response from outside community and America’s justice system! No body cares about a innocent black child’s death! Oprah did no story on little Aiyana nor did Roland Martin of Washington Watch. Detroit police where not interview the police Chief not interview the Attorney General NOBODY by a black entertainer or black news person. But Tiger Woods. Sandra Boulet, and the racist Sarah Ferguson who wrote a children book and all the bad and evil people where BLACK! These people where on many shows and Oprah could not wait to get Sarah Ferguson on her show! But Aiyana is just DEAD!

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