Adaisha Miller was celebrating the weekend before she turned 25 when she was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer.
Miller had been dancing with the Detroit officer, and upon coming in for a hug, his improper method of carrying his firearm resulted in its accidental discharge.
Adaisha’s mother, Yolanda McNair said that all of this happened at an outdoor party around 12:30 a.m.
“For this to happen to her, whether they want to call it freak accident or mistake in judgment, it should have never happened to my child, and there’s nothing I can do to get her back,” McNair said to local WDIV news.
Police Sgt. Eren Stephens said that Miller “embraced the officer from behind, causing the holstered weapon to accidentally discharge.”
But a property holstered firearm will not discharge by itself. Whatever happened, we can be sure that the weapon was not being carried safely or in accordance with the law. This resulted in the bullet puncturing Miller’s lung and heart. She later passed away at the hospital.
The officer remained on administrative duties throughout the course of an investigation into the shooting death.
“All she wanted to do was enjoy the weekend for her birthday,” Miller’s mother said. “She had every right to enjoy turning 25 and look beyond that.”
Eventually, however, the case was closed and the officer was cleared of any wrong-doing.
Watch the local video report below…
Now, the family of Adaisha Miller says they want the case reopened. A petition on Change.org asks the Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to reopen the case.
Our [position] is that a thorough, unbiased investigation was not conducted and that there was a blatant disregard for due process, policy and procedures in regards to timely disclosure of evidence, information and results. Also we, the family of Adaisha Miller were purposely mislead about the reason the investigation was halted only to find out via the Sunday night news that your department had concluded it’s investigation without ever speaking to the family or friends of Adaisha– and the officer was CLEARED of any wrongdoing. We feel that you should Professionally revisit this case or ask an outside entity to conduct a proper one for you.
“The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office conducted an extensive independent investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Adaisha Miller and concluded that the evidence would not support charging the off-duty police officer,” Wayne County Prosector’s Office spokeswoman Maria Miller told the Huffington Post in a letter earlier this year. “We do not plan to re-open the case.”
(Article by Jackson Marciana)