Family Wants the Case of Woman Killed by a Police Officer Reopened
By Kate Abbey-Lambertz
The family of a woman who was accidentally killed by a police officer is asking for the case to be reopened after he was cleared of charges.
On a Saturday in July of 2012, Adaisha Miller attended a fish fry hosted by Detroit Police Officer Issac Parrish at his home in the city. Miller, 24, was celebrating — she would have turned 25 the following Monday.
Parrish was off-duty, but wearing his gun. While Miller was dancing with him that night, the weapon accidentally discharged, puncturing her lung and striking her in the heart. She died after she was taken to a hospital.
“All my daughter did was try to enjoy her 25th birthday. Now, instead of planning her 25th birthday party, I have to plan her funeral,” Miller’s mother Yolanda McNair told WXYZ-TV at the time.
Both the Detroit Police Department and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office conducted investigations into the incident, according to the Associated Press. The prosecutor’s office decline to press charges.
Earlier this year, Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson told the AP that Parrish, 40, was never suspended or taken off-duty, though he was temporarily assigned to desk duty following Miller’s death.
But Miller’s family, unsatisfied with the results of the investigations, is asking Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to reopen the case. In a petition on Change.org, they wrote 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.”
The petition goes on to state that the family learned from the local news that the investigation had ended, and complains that Miller’s family and friends were never interviewed.