Family of Aiyana Jones wants Department of Justice involvement

It has been nearly four years since 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones was killed during a police raid.

After two trials, charges were dropped against Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley and it was announced that there would be no third trial.

Tonight's the family of Jones is announcing a new effort to get justice - and this one includes getting the federal government involved.

Mertilla Jones, Aiyana's grandmother, and activist Ron Scott say that this case is one example of police misconduct across the country.

Aiyana was fatally shot by Weekley during a raid in May, 2010 but a hung jury and mistrial followed. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy recently announced that a third trial will not be pursued.

Scott and Mertilla Jones - who was in the house that night, say there will be demonstrations to protest Worthy's decision.

U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) of the justice commission, told Scott he will personally make an appeal with the Department of Justice.

Scott and Jones are also planning a nationwide petition in an effort to get national support.

She calls Aiyana's death "a miscarriage of justice."

"He should have been charged with first degree murder, period," Jones said. "Just because he's a cop, just because he carries a badge and a gun, he gets to kill and walk away."

Jones and Scott want the Department of Justice to investigate.

"We can't have reconciliation until we have justice," said Scott, of the Coalition Against Police Brutality. "Many of you in this room have similar issues with the police. One person here has had a problem with the Grosse Pointe Police, someone else with Highland Park and so on, down the line. 

"It's not just the issues with police, it's the issue with the military mentality."

Jones said instances like her granddaughter's death has become more common, citing Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

"It's not right," she said. "With the stun guns, the choke-holds. They're killing people all over the world. It doesn't make any sense. 

"I know we are not the only ones suffering. But together we can fight this, for real."

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