At about 12:30 a.m. on May 16, Mertilla Jones was sleeping on her sofa in her Detroit home when a stun grenade came crashing through the window.
The device caused her to tumble to the floor, she told The Detroit News, moments after which she collided in the dark with a member of the Detroit Police Department who’d rushed through the door during a raid in search of a murder suspect.
The cop fired a shot, striking Mertilla’s seven-year-old granddaughter, Aiyana Stanley-Jones —who’d been sleeping beside her—in the head.
“You f’ed up. Gone and killed my grandbaby!” Mertilla shouted at the cop.
Tragically, Mertilla was right. An hour later at a nearby hospital, Aiyana was pronounced dead.
Tragically, too, the raid was being filmed for the A&E reality series The First 48, causing—critics have alleged—cops to act for violently for the TV crew.
The incident, for which the DPD has apologized, led Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to ban TV crews from tagging along with police officers.
Tonight on Black Talk Radio, host Scotty Reid sits down with model Jewel Allison, who’ll fill us in on Redeem Aiyana’s Dream March for Justice.
Scheduled for Saturday, June 26 in Detroit, the rally will (1) seek to eliminate “no-knock raids” in our communities and (2) call for increased sensitivity training for police officers as it relates to community relations.
A former model who has appeared in Essence and Ebony—as well as the Eddie Murphy film Boomerang—Jewel is founder of the New York University magazine Brownstones, and co-host of Brooklyn Cable TV’s Caribbean Images.
“I am the mother of a beautiful baby girl and this is one of the things I have in common with the mother of Aiyana Jones,” says Jewel.
“What we don’t have in common is that I can still kiss my baby good-night. Aiyana’s mom will never be able to do this again because of the reckless violent behavior of the police.”
To hear Jewel’s full interview today at 8pm ET, click here.
To see the Facebook page for the Redeem Aiyana’s Dream March for Justice, click here.