Judge: I'll be scapegoat for the charges being dropped against Detroit cop

A judge has formally dismissed the remaining charges against a Detroit police officer after the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl. 

"We all know Prosecutor Worthy and her history takes cases one case at a time, and I commend her for making what I think is a courageous but correct decision," defense attorney Steve Fishman said in court Friday as he stood alongside Joseph Weekley. 

Aiyana Jones was killed by a bullet in May of 2010 during a raid at a home in Detroit. Officer Weekley's gun fired the shot, leaving him in court twice with a manslaughter charge and a misdemeanor charge of careless discharge of a weapon. 

The manslaughter charge was dropped by Judge Cynthia Hathaway, and the second jury was hung on the remaining misdemeanor charge. His first trial also ended in a hung jury.   

Judge Hathaway said in court Friday both sides did a decent job and the blame shouldn't go to them for those who are unhappy about the prosecutors' decision. 

"If someone needs a scapegoat for what's happening here today - and what's happening here is justice - then put it on me," she said. 

But a representative for Aiyana's family, Ron Scott, is angry and willing to take this to the next level. 

"The civil suit has been filed a long time ago, but we're also going to look to possible federal charges in terms of violation of civil rights on behalf of Aiyana Jones," Scott says. 

Judge Hathaway did make one thing very clear Friday. She says the saddest part of this is not only the loss of Aiyana's life, but also is the loss of the man's life who was killed before all of this started, which prompted police to come into the home where Aiyana was staying in the first place. 

Seventeen-year-old Je'Rean Blake was killed 24 hours before the search was executed at the home. 

Weekley has contended he accidentally pulled the trigger during the search after Aiyana's grandmother grabbed his gun. She denies that.

He and other officers were raiding the home to search for murder suspect Chauncey Owens. The raid was recorded by a reality TV crew.

Owens has since been convicted of murdering Blake. 
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