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US “They murdered this woman”: Texans outraged after an officer shoots a black woman in her own home

22:40  13 october  2019
22:40  13 october  2019 Source:   vox.com

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A black woman was fatally shot in her home Saturday after a Fort Worth, Texas police officer fired into a bedroom window while performing a welfare check at her residence, sparking outrage and calls for police accountability in a community whose trust in law enforcement had already been shaken by other police shootings and the death of Botham Jean in nearby Dallas.

a close up of a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Atatiana Jefferson,28, was fatally shot by police responding to a welfare check at her home in the early morning hours of October 12. © Screenshot/Facebook Atatiana Jefferson,28, was fatally shot by police responding to a welfare check at her home in the early morning hours of October 12.

At around 2 am local time on October 12, a neighbor of 28-year-old Atatiana Koquice Jefferson called a non-emergency hotline, saying that he was concerned about an open door at the woman’s residence and wanted to make sure she was okay. According to a statement released by the Fort Worth Police Department, officers arrived at the home at around 2:25 am, and after seeing the open door, walked around the perimeter of the residence.

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  Texas police officer shoots woman to death inside her home A Fort Worth police officer checking out a residence with an open door opened fire on a 28-year-old woman inside her home.A Fort Worth police officer checking out a residence with an open door opened fire on a woman inside her home, killing her, authorities said.

The department said that while doing so, officers saw a person inside standing near a window. “Perceiving a threat the officer drew his duty weapon and fired one shot striking the person inside the residence,” police said.

That person was Jefferson, who was shot while standing in a bedroom. After firing, officers entered the home and began providing emergency aid, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The department released body camera footage of the shooting on Saturday, showing what happened outside of Jefferson’s home, as well as the residence itself, which had a door open and the lights on inside. The video shows two officers walking around the outside of Jefferson’s home, looking into screen doors before walking into the backyard. Moving towards a closed window on the first floor, one of the officers quickly points a flashlight at it before drawing his weapon.

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  FW Officer Did Not Identify Himself Before Fatal Shot: PD The officer who fired the shot that killed a 28-year-old woman in Fort Worth early Saturday morning did not identify himself as a police officer prior to shooting, a Fort Worth Police Department spokesman says. The shooting happened just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the 1200 block of E. Allen Avenue in Fort Worth. The woman killed has been identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as Atatiana Jefferson. Fort Worth Officer Shoots, Kills Woman Inside Her Home: PDHer family said she was watching her 8-year-old nephew at the time."She didn't do anything wrong, but she's inside of her home, trying to protect her home and my son that's inside. She's not a threat.

He then yells, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” before firing a shot less than a second later. At no point in the released video do the men clearly identify themselves as police officers.

In addition to the statement and the body camera video, the police department also released edited footage of a firearm officers said they found at the residence, but did not offer any additional information about where Jefferson was in relation to it or if the weapon was ever visible to the officers. Texas is an open carry state, and state residents are allowed to possess and carry firearms with few exceptions.

The officer who shot Jefferson was not named by the police statement. The agency did say that he is a “white male who has been with the department since April of 2018.” The unnamed officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Body camera footage and the results of the investigation will be handed over to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office, which will decide if the officer will face any charges.

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  The Latest: Fort Worth officer resigns after fatal shooting FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the fatal police shooting of a black woman inside a home in Fort Worth (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The Fort Worth police chief says a white officer accused in the fatal shooting of a black woman in her home has resigned. Interim Chief Ed Kraus said Monday that if the officer, Aaron Dean, had not resigned, he would have been fired. Dean shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson through her window in the early hours of Saturday morning. Officers were called to her home when a concerned neighbor worried for her safety noticed her door was open.Police have said the officer perceived a threat when he saw someone near the window and opened fire.

The shooting has left Fort-Worth’s black residents devastated

Jefferson’s shooting, which is the seventh local police shooting involving a civilian since June 1 according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has left the area’s black residents angered and confused. Community members say that the shooting proves that they cannot call the police for assistance.

“The Fort Worth police murdered this woman. They murdered this woman in her own house,” said Rev. Michael Bell, a local pastor who joined a group of community leaders for a Saturday press conference. “And now, African Americans, we have no recourse. If we call the police, they will come and kill us. And we know that.”

A similar fear was echoed by James Smith, the neighbor of Jefferson’s who called police after noticing the open door and lights at her home, saying that he was concerned about Jefferson and her 8-year old nephew, who also lived at the residence. “I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it’s partly my fault,” he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Saturday. “If I had never dialed the police department, she’d still be alive.”

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  Fort Worth officer who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson has resigned amid investigation Fort Worth police announced at a news conference Monday that the officer who shot and killed a woman in her home has resigned. Chief Ed Kraus identified the officer as Aaron Dean. He said he was going to fire the officer if he had not resigned.Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson by a Fort Worth police officer is not justified.“Atiatiana was an amazing, smart woman who was unjustly taken from her family,” she said. “I cannot imagine anything worse and I am so sorry … there is nothing that can justify what happened.

“I don’t know what went on in the house, but I know that she wasn’t a threat,” he added.

The shooting of Jefferson, who was born in Dallas and graduated from Xavier University in Louisiana according to her Facebook page, has quickly drawn comparisons to the 2018 shooting of Botham Jean, a 26-year old black man fatally shot by former off-duty Dallas officer Amber Guyger as he ate ice cream in his apartment.

Lee Merritt, a local civil rights attorney who represents Jean’s family, has also been retained by Jefferson’s family members. He said the Saturday shooting is yet another example of black people being unable to live safely in their own homes.

“You didn’t hear the officer say ‘gun, gun, gun,’ you didn’t hear him—he didn’t have time to perceive a threat,” Merritt told reporters on Saturday. “That’s murder.”

He adds that before the shooting, Jefferson was playing video games with her nephew. He says that the woman, a pharmaceutical equipment sales professional, was helping take care of the home while her mother is in the hospital. And Merritt claims when she went to the window on Saturday morning, she was concerned about the possibility of a burglar being outside.

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“We expect a thorough and expedient investigation,” Merritt said on Saturday.

Jefferson’s death has drawn national attention — and comparisons to the 2018 death of Botham Jean

News of Jefferson’s death, which comes less than two weeks after Guyger was convicted of murdering Jean and sentenced to 10 years in prison, adds to already intense attention to policing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

In recent months, Dallas residents have voiced several concerns about the Dallas Police Department, concerns that were only intensified by evidence revealed during Guyger’s trial and by the October 4 death of Joshua Brown, a black man who testified against Guyger last month. The Dallas Police Department has condemned speculation that its officers were somehow connected to Brown’s death, saying that the man was killed in a drug deal gone bad.

According to the Washington Post’s Fatal Force database, Jefferson is one of at least 689 people who have been killed by police since the start of 2019. The database notes that 32 women have been killed by police officers this year; four of those women were black.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, members of Jefferson’s family said that it was “inconceivable and confusing” that the woman was shot by police in her home. “It’s another one of those situations where the people that are supposed to protect us are actually not here to protect us,” Amber Carr, Jefferson’s older sister, told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, adding that she was concerned about the training given to officers.

Jefferson’s family and community say that as the Fort Worth Police Department’s investigation continues, they plan to fight to hold the department accountable for the shooting.

But they also acknowledged that accountability will not erase the pain that the shooting has caused. “You want to see justice, but justice don’t bring my sister back,” Carr told reporters before breaking down into tears.

D.A. seeks murder charge against former Fort Worth officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson .
"We will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law," the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office said.Prosecutors in Tarrant County, Texas, said Friday they intend to ask a grand jury for a murder charge against the former Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her home.

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