Grandmother of Aiyana: 'It's time for us to stand up'

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published: 11 April 2012

The grandmother of a girl killed in a Detroit Police raid two years ago made a rare public appearance Tuesday night, asking for continued support for her family.

In the summer of 2010, Mertilla Jones was one of the many faces of the Aiyana Jones shooting. Police stormed her eastside home searching for a suspect in an earlier shooting, accidentally shooting six-year-old Aiyana Jones in the process.

What Mertilla Jones did that night was unclear at the time of the shooting. Police said she was involved in a scuffle with an officer, leading to her arrest. She was later released, but said at the time she had no contact with any officers and said they were lying.

“At the time when they murdered my grandbaby, they arrested me — for what, I don’t know,” Jones told a crowd at a rally for Brooke Harris, a Pontiac teacher who says she was fired after bringing the idea of a Trayvon Martin fundraiser to her superintendent.  “I still don’t know,” she said.

Aside from sporadic media reports, the Jones family has largely stayed out of the public eye since the shooting.

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