As we noted over the weekend, a Fort Worth police officer shot and killed 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson in her home over the weekend. The officer, Aaron Dean, was responding to a welfare call by a neighbor who had seen Jefferson’s door open in the early hours of Saturday morning. Jefferson was reportedly playing video games with her nephew and was shot by the officer through a window of her home.
Now, as the Associated Press is reporting . . .
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.
Earlier Monday, family lawyer Lee Merritt called for the officer to be fired and charged in Jefferson’s killing.
Here’s a portion of the bodycam video the Fort Worth Police Department released . . .
The Fort Worth Police Department released an image of a handgun that was reportedly found in Jefferson’s home at the time. But as Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price correctly noted (as reported by star-telegram.com) . . .
Price further commented on the image released of a gun found in the home where Jefferson was. She said the gun was irrelevant and that Jefferson had a right to have a gun in her home.
Jefferson’s family members have called for an investigation to be conducted by an entity outside of the Fort Worth Police Department.
Again from star-telegram.com . . .
Atatiana Jefferson’s family and their attorney, S. Lee Merritt, said they do not trust the Fort Worth police department to investigate the shooting themselves.
Merritt said the FBI, Department of Justice or another outside agency should examine the department’s policies and procedures because the department is “incompetent to investigate themselves.”
“They created a deadly situation and responded in a way that is not unique to the city of Fort Worth,” Merritt said. “Anyone other than the city of Fort Worth, who is obviously incompetent to investigate itself, should be called in.”