Damn Detroit Police Department! You burned, shot and killed Aiyana Jones, a little seven year old girl. It’s my sincere hope that the cameras for A&E’s “The First 48” television series that trailed you and filmed the whole incident didn’t spur your heroics! I know reality shows, very well indeed. Please tell me that this wasn’t a performance for the cameras!
These words, believe it or not, are straight outta the mouth of Baby Phat President, model and diva extraordinaire, Kimora Lee Simmons. I’m feelin Kimora right now cuz like me she is outraged. Usually so caught up in her fabulosity she can’t see the shine for her bling, Kimora is pissed and is one of only a few high profilers speaking out against this atrocity. If you don’t know, Aiyana Jones was a 7-year old girl peacefully sleeping in her home that was flash bombed on May 16 by Detroit cops who then shot her in the head looking for a suspect involved in a muder. I’m sure Kimora looked at Aoki, her 7-year old daughter and saw Aiyana. I’m sure she felt sick to her stomach. I know I do. Yesterday Aiyana’s body, cold in a coffin, was laid to rest. I am so hurt, so angry. And I am devastated by the apathy of folks. No one gives a crap about little Black girls and I can’t take it anymore! My niece is seven. I spoke to her the other day and her teacher had just given her a gold star for “excellent work.” She is looking forward to seeing Shrek 3. Like Aiyana, she wears pretty colorful barrettes in her hair. I love my niece. Her life means something to me and to this world. So did Aiyana Jones’. I’m ready to march to petition to do whatever it takes by any means necessary to seek justice so that’s this little girl’s life and murder is not in vain. This is worse than Sean Bell’s murder only because Aiyana was asleep in her own bed. If brown girls cannot cuddle up with their favorite stuffed animal and dream about pretty dresses, Usher and chocolate ice cream in their own beds with the assurance that their grandmother is nearby then something is extremely wrong with the world we live in. Then we can deal with the terrorism that exists within the red, white and blue spacious skies for brown and black people everyday. Little Aiyana’s death is heartbreaking! She was seven years old. Folks want to blame Aiyana’s “crime ridden” neighborhood for her death. They want to blame her parents and her aunt who is engaged to the murder suspect. The fact is a police officer threw the flash grenade through the window of the house that landed on Aiyana’s blanket that set her on fire and it was Officer Joseph Weekley’s bullet that ripped through Aiyana’s brain. Nobody from da hood did that! When I was seven, my biggest thrill was playing hide-n-seek and jumping double-dutch. My hood was cool, but by no means was it the best. But I lived to see the second grade. Aiyana Stanley Jones will not.
Here’s Kimora’s full statement.