Cop Being Taped for Reality TV Show Charged with Killing Aiyana Stanley-Jones

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A Detroit police officer being taped for a reality television show is charged with manslaughter for killing a little girl during a raid. One of the photographers from the show also faces charges in connection with the incident. 

In May 2010 police raided a house looking for a murder suspect. During the raid seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot and killed. Officer Joseph Weekley claims the girl's grandmother grabbed his gun, causing it to go off and hit Aiyana.

However, the grandmother said she never grabbed the gun and prosecutors agree, claiming Weekley "immediately fired his weapon" upon storming the house.

Weekley was indicted on Tuesday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and careless discharge of a firearm causing injury or death.

"He knows he didn't do anything wrong," said Steve Fishman, Weekley's attorney. "He knows he was acting as a police officer on a dangerous mission."

Also indicted was Allison Howard, a photographer with the A&E show "The First 48," which was taping police that night. Howard is accused of lying under oath and faces perjury and obstruction of justice charges.

Also arrested on Tuesday was Aiyana's father. Charles Jones is charged with murder for the killing that sparked the raid in the first place. The target of the raid, the fiance of Aiyana's aunt, pleaded guilty to the same murder back in April.