Rally in memory of Aiyana Jones held at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Downtown Detroit.
The tragic death of Aiyana Jones, a 7-year-old African-American fatally shot by a Detroit police officer, Joseph Weekley, in 2010, drew media attention to police brutality, especially in black neighborhoods.
A handful of protesters gathered today, May 21, at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Downtown Detroit to call for justice for Aiyana and other children and parents, who have died at the hands of police officers. Black Matters got a lot of positive response for organizing the event.
During the event, protesters held cardboards and wore shirts with messages such as “RIP Baby Aiyana”, “Fight fire with fire: Stop Killing us — Black Lives Matter”.
Nolan Hack, a Black Matters activist based in Los Angeles, was present at the rally. He said, “We’re out here for any kids who have been killed by police violence and for any kids who have lost parents to police violence.”
Aiyana’s grandmother also made a speech at the meeting.
It has been over six years since Aiyana was shot to death by a Detroit cop. Yet the officer, who fatally shot the little black girl, goes scot-free. But through protests like these, we can fight against injustice in our communities.
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