Monday, May 31, 2010

Bro. Jesse: Aiyana Jones: Tomorrow It Could Be Your Child

Aiyana Jones: Tomorrow It Could Be Your Child

May 25, 2010

This is sad and tragic.
Again, I woke up this morning with her face in my head. This little precious and beautiful brown-skinned girl is gone. She will never go to high school, will never attend college, will never play outside again, will never learn to drive a car, and.......*sigh*

Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, was shot and killed by Detroit police while she slept on a living room sofa at home. According to reports, police entered the family's apartment with a search warrant at 12:40 AM on May 16 in search of a homicide suspect. According to the Detroit News, Charles Jones, Aiyana's father, first heard a flash grenade go off inside the apartment, followed by gunshot. When he came in the living room, he was forced to the ground to lay face down in his own daughter's blood.

"I saw the light go out of her eyes...They killed my grandbaby," said Mertilla Jones, Aiyana's grandmother.
Imagine the pain.

Early reports stated that the gun went off accidentally when Ms. Jones wrestled with the shooting officer, causing his weapon to let off shots that hit little Aiyana. How many times have we heard the word "accidentally" used when something like this happens in the Black community?

But the Detroit police wasn't alone when they arrived at the home. A television crew was filming the raid for A&E's reality show "The First 48." The attorney representing the family, Geoffrey Fieger, alleges a police cover up and says the shot was fired from outside the home. He also says video footage contradicts the police's version of how the 7-year-old was shot.

"I never struggled with the Detroit Police. If I had struggled with the Detroit Police, I'd be dead alongside my granddaughter. They messed up, and they know they... messed up," said Ms. Jones on Fox News

See, there is more to this story and the truth will come out. And when it does, what will happen in Detroit? Who else do you think is at fault for this? Will they release the A&E video to the public?
While looking over her casket, Rev. Al Sharpton preached the eulogy of Aiyana on May 22 at Second Ebeneezer Church in Detroit. "This child is the breaking point," he said.

The next day, Rev. Al posted this on Twitter: "We must stop all violence at all levels together. I hope this child's death is a wake up call to the thugs and the police. We are in crises."

The cry for justice in the death of Aiyana is growing online with the launching of the "She Has A Name: Aiyana Jones" Facebook page and "Justice for Aiyana" Twitter page. I am following both.

The family says that Aiyana loved to sing.....The world will never get to hear her sweet voice on a grand stage.

Tomorrow it could be your child. If we don't care, who will?
Think about it.

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