Slain Detroit 7-Year-Old Aiyana Jones: Will Justice Be Done?

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.

Aiyana: Tragic—and needless—death.

Aiyana: Tragic—and needless—death.

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.


Jewel: Calling all celebrity moms, and their young daughters.

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.

6 thoughts on “Slain Detroit 7-Year-Old Aiyana Jones: Will Justice Be Done?

  1. Zumbi of Palmares

    Has the Cop been tried and sentenced to death. What is Obama doing about this one? What comments has he made and what actions has he taken?

  2. Antidumb

    Great WAIT until a child dies due to the ENERGY of her environment then complain. I will be hosting an upcoming show “Black Energy News”, I hope you tune in because I speak about these issues.

    We react after tragedy. We DON’T care about the children in these neighborhoods we are phony. Until we learn to address metaphysical energy when dissecting our issues we will FOREVER be RETARDED.

    I have NO RESPECT for this race in this era, and may the tear down process begin. More and more children will die, so get ready, God’s not playing with this race. You will, will, will SUFFER based on your environment and the culture you have.

    And how convenient for a former model away from these types of issues and neighborhoods to speak out, the perfect person to have their head up their butt.

    How about address those children who are alive and in danger NOW, who are in an environment and around people who put them in danger?……………. WORTHLESS.

  3. ed hardy

    The cop fired a shot, striking Mertilla’s seven-year-old granddaughter, Aiyana Stanley-Jones —who’d been sleeping beside her—in the head

  4. Normand Staenglen

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