Detroit officer who faced 2 trials in fatal shooting of girl is back on the job, chief says


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DETROIT — A Detroit police officer who accidentally killed a 7-year-old girl during a search for a murder suspect nearly five years ago has been restored to active duty.

Police Chief James Craig tells The Detroit News ( ) that Joseph Weekley is in the department's Criminal Investigations Bureau. He says Weekley "won't be in the field."

In May 2010, Weekley was a member of an elite group of officers that conducted risky missions. His gun fired, killing Aiyana Stanley-Jones, moments after he burst through the door of a home to find a murder suspect.

Weekley says he accidentally pulled the trigger during a struggle with Aiyana's grandmother. She denied it.

A judge cleared Weekley of involuntary manslaughter. A separate misdemeanor charge was dropped after two juries couldn't reach a verdict.

Information from: The Detroit News,

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