Target: Detroit Police Chief James Craig
Goal: Do not rehire cop involved in the shooting death of a seven-year-old.
Joseph Weekley, a former Detroit, Michigan SWAT team member who allegedly shot and killed seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a 2010 raid, has been rehired by the Detroit Police Department. Weekley is too dangerous to be involved with law enforcement. Demand that he not be rehired back onto the police force.
In 2010, as part of a SWAT team house raid that was being filmed for a reality television show, Weekley allegedly accidentally shot and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a seven-year-old black girl who was asleep on a couch next to her grandmother. During the course of two separate attempts at criminal prosecution in the years since that both resulted in mistrials, Weekley blamed Aiyana’s death on her grandmother, who he says slapped his gun and caused it to fire, killing the girl.
Despite this controversial history, the Detroit Police Department has seen fit to rehire Weekley, scheduling him to return to the job in a “limited duty capacity” where he won’t be “in the field.” Regardless of whatever leashed position reinstates him in, this is not appropriate. Sign the petition below to demand that the Detroit Police Department not rehire Weekley.
Dear Chief Craig,
I am writing you today about your recently-publicized decision to readmit Joseph Weekley as a member of your police department. While this has been justified by barring him from duties in the field, it nonetheless reflects the profound callousness too often demonstrated by police.
Just because Weekley was never subject to criminal punishment for the alleged killing of Aiyana Stanley-Jones does not mean that he has come out of the controversy with an undamaged reputation as if nothing had happened. Like it or not, he is no longer trusted. Indeed, the day before you announced your decision to let him back into the Detroit Police Department, Aiyana’s family filed a wrongful death suit against Weekley, your police department, and the city of Detroit.
This is clearly not over just because the Wayne County Prosecutor decided not to pursue criminal charges against Weekley for a third time. Your decision to bring him back onboard, even if it is in a capacity where he will not interface with the public at all, is heartlessly tone-deaf. I demand that you not rehire Weekley back onto your police force.
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