- The police only obtained a warrant for Aiyana's home after they shot her in the head.
- The police were serving a warrant on a duplex.
- The police had a warrant for the unit next door.
- The police brought along a camera crew who were shooting footage for a reality TV show.
- The police officer who shot Aiyana had been involved in previous problematic excessive force situations prior to this one.
This is how it should have been. I agree that Weekley should have to face a jury. Which he has done, twice. Each of the juries ended up deadlocked over his guilt. As the case progressed through the system the more serious charges were either dropped or dismissed until this last time all he was facing was a charge of "careless or reckless firing of a weapon causing death". He wasn't facing a murder or even a involuntary manslaughter charge. The jury still couldn't agree that he had done that.
Everything Weekley has said about the situation has proven to be a lie. Grandma didn't grab his gun. The forensic tests prove her finger prints weren't on the weapon and the gunpowder residue tests show that her arm wasn't near the barrel. The only person whose finger was on the trigger was Weekley. The only person who shot the gun that killed a little girl as she was sleeping was, Weekley.
To some extent the system worked. It's too bad that system didn't protect Aiyana. I think all good people grieve over that. The fact is that Weekley got caught. Weekely was charged with crimes and tried twice. Two times the jury deadlocked. The second time all they had to decide on was two facts:
- did someone die
- did Weekley pull the trigger
The people on that jury were the arbitrators of justice. Their job was to either acquit Weekley out right or condemn him for his crime. Either way justice would be granted either in the form of vindication or vengeance. The jury failed to do its duty.