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 (http://bit.ly/1O0egUN ) 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, http://detnews.com/
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